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Centre Manny Ramirez thought Peyton Manning was signalling for a snap and sent the ball flying over his head and into the end zone.PT0M34S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-31w8a 620 349 February 3, 2014
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If it's any consolation to Peyton Manning, every quarterback's legacy would have taken a hit on a night like this.
The misery started for the future Hall of Famer on the very first play
Pick a quarterback from any team, from any offensive system, from any era, and he'd have been smoked by the Seattle defence in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.
Bad day at the office: Peyton Manning walks off the field after the Broncos were thrashed in the Super Bowl. Photo: AP
Maybe it wouldn't have ended 43-8, but chances are it wouldn't have been much better.
This was the very essence of the time-worn expression that "defence wins championships", and there may have been no better example than Seattle's No.1 defence obliterating Manning's No.1 offence in one of the worst Super Bowl beatings on record.
"I think we played a great team tonight and we needed to play well to win," Manning said, "and we didn't even come close to that."
Shocking start: the ball flies over the head of quarterback Peyton Manning. Photo: Getty Images
Asked if he was embarrassed, Manning replied, "It's not embarrassing at all. The word embarrassing is an insulting word, to tell you the truth."
Manning had the chance to enhance his legacy with a strong showing in the same stadium where younger brother Eli works on Sundays.
But unlike Eli, who won his second Super Bowl in Peyton's home stadium in Indianapolis two years ago, Peyton ran into one of the greatest defences of all time.
Error: the ball flies past Peyton Manning towards the end zone after the snap went wrong. Photo: AP
The Seahawks thrive on the speed of their secondary and linebackers, and the brute strength of their pass rush.
All Manning could do was take what little the Seahawks gave him with dink-and-dunk passes over the middle. If he tried to go long, his passes were off their mark or defended brilliantly.
The misery started for the future Hall of Famer on the very first play when he gestured with his hands as he always does.
Champions: Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Photo: Gettty Images
Centre Manny Ramirez thought he was signalling for the snap and sent the ball flying over his head and into the end zone, resulting in a two-point safety after just 12 seconds.
It got worse. After a three-and-out on his next possession, Manning was under pressure on a third down deep in his own half and intercepted by Kam Chancellor, leading to a touchdown and a 15-0 lead.
But that wasn't the end of the agony for the 37-year-old.
After driving the Broncos towards Seahawks territory, he looked for Knowshon Moreno, but under pressure from Cliff Avril, the ball came out awkwardly and was picked off by Malcolm Smith, who ran it back 69 yards for a touchdown.
He did find the end zone late in the third quarter, when he hit Demaryius Thomas for a 14-yard touchdown. But by then, it was 36-8.
And so it goes for Manning, who falls to 1-2 in Super Bowls after losing his 12th post-season game, the most of any quarterback in NFL history.