- Associated Press - Monday, February 3, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The Denver Broncos were outmanned from the start.

Seattle’s famed 12th Man crossed up the highest-scoring team in history when they caused the Broncos to fall behind just 12 seconds into the Super Bowl on Sunday night.

Peyton Manning stepped up toward the line just as center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball. It flew past his incredulous quarterback and into the end zone, where Knowshon Moreno dived on it for a safety.

“That wasn’t a great start, but we’ve overcome much more than that,” tight end Jacob Tamme said. “That wasn’t anything that hurt us that bad. I mean, we felt fine coming out of that. But you’ve got to give their crowd here credit. They forced us out of our cadence on our first play and forced a safety.”


A mere 12 seconds in, Seattle led 2-0 with the quickest score in Super Bowl history, beating Chicago’s Devin Hester’s kickoff return to open the 2007 game - against Manning’s Colts.

That one ended much better for Manning as Indianapolis won the championship.

This time, Manning couldn’t bring the bumbling Broncos back and they were walloped 43-8 at MetLife Stadium, his worst beating since moving to Denver two years ago.

“It was a crazy start,” Manning said.

And a crushing end to the greatest season by a quarterback in NFL history, one in which Manning shattered several records, most notably throwing for 55 TD passes and 5,547 yards.

Manning has thrown 100 TD passes since trading the blue and white horseshoe for the orange-mane mustang on his helmet, but just one of them came on this night.

To go with two interceptions, a fumble, a sack and a turnover on downs.

After the safety, Denver’s defense forced Seattle to settle for 31- and 33-yard field goals by Steven Hauschka to make it 8-0. Then, the Seahawks began scoring touchdowns.

Manning’s third-down pass to Julius Thomas sailed way too high and directly to safety Kam Chancellor, giving the Seahawks the ball at Denver’s 37. A third-down pass interference call on Tony Carter brought Seattle to the 1, and Marshawn Lynch scored to make it 15-0.

Then MVP Malcom Smith picked off a fluttering pass after Cliff Avril hit Manning’s arm, returning it 69 yards to make it 22-0 with 3:21 left in the half.

Percy Harvin took the second-half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown and that was that.

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