The Broncos’ first play from scrimmage started out looking like any other for Denver. There was Peyton Manning barking out his calls, but before he could even finish, center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball, which sailed past the unprepared quarterback and into the end zone. Knowshon Moreno fell on the ball to keep Seattle from scoring a touchdown, but it was still a safety and a 2-0 lead for the Seahawks.
That would grow to 36-0 before the Broncos finally scored on the last play of the third quarter in a 43-8 loss.
It was the fastest score in Super Bowl history. The previous record was 14 seconds on Devin Hester’s return of the opening kickoff for a touchdown for the Bears in 2007 — also against Manning.
This was the third straight Super Bowl with a safety.
Records in defeat: It sounds like great news for the Broncos: Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas set Super Bowl offensive records.
But all those numbers did little against the Seahawks, most coming after Seattle was firmly in control.
Manning had 34 completions and Thomas 13 catches Sunday, both records. New England’s Tom Brady (against Carolina in 2004) and New Orleans’ Drew Brees (against Manning’s Colts in 2010) each had completed 32 passes.
The previous receptions mark was 11, shared by Cincinnati’s Dan Ross (1982 against the 49ers), San Francisco’s Jerry Rice (1989 against the Bengals), and New England’s Deion Branch (2005 against Philadelphia) and Wes Welker (2008 against the Giants).
Weather a nonfactor: The first cold-weather Super Bowl was actually pretty warm. The National Weather Service said that temperatures for Sunday’s NFL title game at MetLife Stadium were 10 to 15 degrees above normal. The temperature at kickoff was 49 degrees, 10 degrees higher than the coldest kickoff temperature in Super Bowl history of 39 degrees at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans in Super Bowl VI.