Late last week we previewed Super Bowl XLVIII and profiled former Tiger Byron Maxwell’s impact in the Seattle secondary this year. Maxwell did not disappoint the Clemson fans that were watching on Sunday night.
Midway through the third quarter, Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas caught a pass up the sideline for a sizeable gain, but Maxwell was right there to literally punch the ball free. The forced fumble was recovered by Maxwell’s teammate Malcolm Smith, and the ensuing possession led to a Seattle touchdown to put the game firmly out of reach for Denver. Smith, who also returned an interception for a touchdown in the second quarter, was ultimately named the game’s MVP.
Maxwell did get beat later in the game by Thomas for Denver’s lone touchdown, but Clemson fans will remember Maxwell’s forced fumble and 4 tackles in helping Seattle to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history.