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Super Bowl in NJ: Seattle Wins in Rout, Fans Face Chaotic Commute

Thousands of passengers at Secaucus Junction transfer station vented their outrage at overcrowded trains and stifling heat.

Football fans make their way to trains in Secaucus prior to the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Football fans make their way to trains in Secaucus prior to the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

It was billed as a matchup of epic proportions: the National Football League’s top-ranked offense against its top-ranked defense.

What viewers got, instead, was complete domination and not much of a show, as the Seattle Seahawks routed the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, 43-8 Sunday night.

The rout culminated a week of festivities surrounding the first Super Bowl to be played in the New York and New Jersey area. While the game was lopsided, the weather did not disappoint, hovering close to 50 degrees all night.

Transportation to, and from, the game was another issue.

NJ.com reported that some 400 fans were waiting in security check lines at the Secaucus train station not long after 4 p.m. The lines moved along quickly even as more and more people came into the station from arriving trains, NJ.com reported.

Within a few minutes, most had made it through security and on to the platform. Then more trains came in and the cycle repeated, according to the report.

Fans of both the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos waited in line, but it was the Denver fans who stood out. "Let's go Broncos," they cheered. Some shouted "Omaha! Omaha!" — a reference to Quarterback Peyton Manning's complicated play call, according to NJ.com.

Earlier, thousands of passengers arriving from New York to the Secaucus Junction transfer station for the train to Super Bowl 2014 vented their outrage at the overcrowded trains and stifling heat, according to NJ.com.

"New Jersey sucks," some people shouted as they came off the New York trains, the report said. Many had peeled off coats and other outer layers of clothing, and were drenched in sweat from the high temperatures in the packed train cars, according to the report.

During the game, the true story was Seattle’s defense—steered by coordinator Dan Quinn, of Morris Township—stifling the Broncos' offensive attack, holding the AFC champions to just eight points on a touchdown and two-point conversion in the third quarter.

READ MORE: Seahawks’ Quinn Masterminds Perfect Game Plan in Super Bowl Win

The Seahawks defense came up with four turnovers—two interceptions and two fumbles—along with a safety in taking over the game. The offense did its part in managing the ball, not turning it over once, and taking a slight advantage in time of possession, holding the rock for 31:53.

Less than 24 hours before kickoff, Denver’s Peyton Manning was named the NFL’s MVP for the fifth time in his career, after setting single-season touchdown and passing yards records.

Manning couldn’t get anything going with his bevy of receivers after an errant opening-snap resulted in a safety, giving Seattle the quickest first score in Super Bowl history, just 12 seconds into the game. Manning finished the night with 280 yards on 34 of 49 passing, according to NFL.com. He tossed one touchdown to Demarius Thomas, but lost a fumble and threw two interceptions.

Denver’s starting running back and Middletown native, Knowshon Moreno, left the game with an injury in the third quarter, but was a non-factor throughout with just three receptions for 20 yards and five rushes for 17 yards in the game.

Denver safety Mike Adams was second on the team in total tackles, recording six before the night was through, but couldn’t stop Seattle from moving the ball at will. 

READ MORE: New Jersey Natives Come Up Empty in Broncos’ Super Bowl Bid

Seattle’s defense held Denver’s prolific attack to a total of 306 yards, according to NFL.com. 

BN February 03, 2014 at 08:08 AM
Knowshon was a knowshow.
Jim LaRegina February 03, 2014 at 09:23 AM
Joe Namath's premature coin toss set the tone for a crazy game.
Leenie2u February 03, 2014 at 09:33 AM
The weather cooperated, both teams played hard, half-time was spectacular, security was tight and no terrorist threats were realized and all that some people can do is complain that security measures made them wait too long to get to and from the games. Well, Boo Hoo! Be happy you saw a great game, had a great time, and 80,000 people came and went without incident!
M R February 03, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Maybe if the Stupid Bowl organizers at the NFL were not such greedy money hogs and let people get to the game from near by places in NJ there would not have been such a crush coming in from NJ via NY. NJ got taken over a barrel and I hope we tax payers are never stuck again the way we have had it stuck to us this year. That the NFL is a non profit organization is such a travesty of the truth is ire inspiring. They rake in billions on that lie and states hosting their annual raree lose big.
@xxLouA February 03, 2014 at 10:15 AM
the SB wasn't always a big piece of crap but like already said the money hungry league has to pay if they want to play
Jim LaRegina February 03, 2014 at 10:40 AM
About the poorly-planned mass transit: Considering New Jersey taxpayers "absorbed all public safety and transportation expenses, and gave the National Football League an $8 million tax break by suspending the state sales tax on tickets and parking," as the STAR-LEDGER reports, maybe that is the reason N.J. did not have enough trains running. You gotta make up for that corporate welfare somehow. This kind of welfare for the affluent, while Governor Christie bemoans, "We're broke?"
Jim LaRegina February 03, 2014 at 10:41 AM
And another thing: Was last night as much an armed forces recruiting event as it was a football game? Or did I just miss New Jersey Peace Action's appearance?
Les Le Gear February 03, 2014 at 10:51 AM
The sheeple sure got their money's worth. $1500 a seat to watch a boring game, deal with the hyper-paranoid security people, and the fun of getting in and out of Metlife stadium.
Mac February 03, 2014 at 10:58 AM
I kind of envy the folks that experienced the mass transit backup blunders. It had to be a more exciting experience than the game itself. As for the commercials, well, since Budweiser kissed off America several years ago one can count the number of good super bowl commercials on one hand. Apparently there is nothing corporate greed can't run into the ground and the rush provided by the super bowl roller coaster thrills seem to be going the way of our Great Adventure wooden roller coaster. Perhaps Six Flags will soon be applying for non-profit status tax breaks also.
Linda Maloney February 03, 2014 at 12:26 PM
I really believe "The Super Bowl Commercials" can have a profound influence on us. Just this morning, I drove to my local Masserati dealer and bought "The Ghibli". What's another 70,000 out of my savings account?
mrszzano February 03, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Really, what did these people expect? Did they think they were the only ones who decided to go to the game? Did they expect to leisurely stroll through the station, all by themselves? It was the Super Bowl...if you don't like crowds, don't go! If you don't want to sweat, don't go! And, btw, if it was too cold, they'd complain about that too. Certain events draw A LOT of people...New Year's Eve in Times Square, the Thanksgiving Parade, a rock concert. I repeat...if you don't like crowds, don't go! Or at the very least, don't complain. It was your choice to go!
Julles51 February 03, 2014 at 01:15 PM
The lines for the trains are a typical Monday thru Friday commute around here. What a bunch of whining crybabies!
it could be me February 03, 2014 at 04:52 PM
OK the big game is over. Congrads to the winner. Now the big question How much did The State on Nj spend----how much did they get in return? I think we took a big loss
SuzieN February 03, 2014 at 04:52 PM
Actually, it was the fault of the NFL that resulted in the long wait at the train station. There were ridiculous rules and restrictions on parking.
Sean Conneamhe February 03, 2014 at 09:19 PM
"Impeach Christie..."
paul smith February 05, 2014 at 05:22 PM
While the NFl has some culpability, and most of the rail tickets were bought on gameday, NJT blew it. No buses until an hour after the game? Ridiculous. You have Lombardi and No Bergen park and rides where buses could have been stacked as a contingency. There was no contingency. Didnt NJT imagine some folks may leave early?

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