NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Broadway Joe looked the part.
Would you expect anything less?
Joe Namath, New York football royalty as MVP of the third Super Bowl for the Jets, wore a fur coat for the coin toss. After a false start on the first attempt, the Seahawks called tails, and they were right. Seattle deferred to the second half.
“Whatever was killed to keep Joe Namath warm won’t. I guess he’s not a PETA member,” Frank Mosco wrote.
Meanwhile, PETA took issue with Namath’s coat on Twitter.
PETA also tweeted an image of a pile of skinned animals with the message, “FYI @RealJoeNamath: Here’s the REST of your fur coat.”
The Seahawks needed just 12 seconds to put points on the board, the fastest score in Super Bowl history. Appropriately, it came with the Seattle defense on the field. On the very first snap of the game, Peyton Manning was going through his typical complex calls, looking away from center Manny Ramirez, when the ball suddenly went sailing past him and into the end zone. Knowshon Moreno fell on it to prevent a Seahawks touchdown, but the safety gave Seattle a 2-0 lead.
After scoring a safety on the first play from scrimmage, the Seahawks added a short field goal to become the first team in Super Bowl history to lead 5-0. It was the third straight year a safety was scored in the Super Bowl.
As for the weather? The game-time temperature was chilly — by Miami standards. The 49 degrees felt nothing like February in the Northeast. So much for all the concerns leading up to the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather city.
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