Super Bowl XLVIII in pictures

MetLife Stadium, New Jersey
Built at a cost of $1.6bn (nearly £1bn) the 82,500-capacity MetLife Stadium, just outside New York, plays host to its first Super Bowl
Thunder the horse, mascot of the Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos, about to make their seventh Super Bowl appearance, are welcomed onto the field in a cacophony of noise by their appropriately named mascot, Thunder the horse
Denver and Seattle fans
At 7C (44F) it was nowhere near as cold as had been feared for the first Super Bowl to be staged outdoors in a cold-weather state. Not that these fans would have cared...
Opera singer Renee Fleming sings the national anthem before the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium
Opera singer Renee Fleming sings a rousing rendition of the American national anthem
On the very first play from scrimmage, the ball is somehow snapped back over the head of non-plussed Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. The Broncos recover the ball, but in their own endzone at the cost of the two points awarded for a safety
On the very first play from scrimmage, the ball is somehow snapped back over the head of nonplussed Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. The Broncos recover the ball, but only in their own endzone at the cost of the two points awarded for a safety
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch bulldozes his way into the Denver endzone for Super Bowl XLVIII's first touchdown
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, known as "Beast Mode", bulldozes his way into Denver's endzone for Super Bowl XLVIII's first touchdown
Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith (right) returns Denver quarterback Peyton Manning's second interception of the night for a touchdown
Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith (right) returns Denver quarterback Peyton Manning's second interception of the night 69 yards for a touchdown, extending their half-time lead to 22-0
Bruno Mars (far right) kicks off the Super Bowl half-time show
Grammy Award-winner Bruno Mars (far right) kicks off the Super Bowl half-time show and, rather aptly given a one-sided first half, goes on to perform Runaway Baby
The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform in Super Bowl XLVIII's half-time show
Continuing the theme, the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform Give It Away
Seattle's Percy Harvin (right) returns the second-half kick-off 87 yards for a touchdown against Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII
The game resumes just as dramatically, with Seattle's Percy Harvin returning the second-half kick-off 87 yards for a touchdown
Seattle's Doug Baldwin completes the scoring in Super Bowl XLVIII
Seattle's Doug Baldwin breaks two tackles to score a touchdown against Denver and complete the scoring in Super Bowl XLVIII
Pete Carroll, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, is soaked in soft drink as part of the traditional Super Bowl celebrations
Watch out Pete Carroll! It's customary for the winning team to dunk their head coach in gallons of soft drink, and here Seattle's boss gets it
Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos
It's a thoroughly miserable night for Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, who goes on to congratulate his opposite number Russell Wilson
Quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after their 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII
It's all over! Russell Wilson, at 25 the third-youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, celebrates with the Vince Lombari Trophy