Sunday, Feb. 3, marked the biggest football game of the year in America, Super Bowl XLVIII.
The league’s best offense, the Denver Broncos, took on the best defense, the Seattle Seahawks; it was a match made in football heaven.
Then, shortly after 6:30 p.m., the first snap happened. Before that snap, even the Broncos looked out of sync. The kickoff was taken out of the end zone by Trindon Holliday only to get to about the 10-yard line.
The crowd roared so loud the microphones could barely pick up the sound on the field. As Peyton Manning leaned in to change the play, the center snapped the ball, going over his head and into the end zone where it was recovered by running back Knowshon Moreno for a safety (which equals two points) and Seattle got the ball.
From there, it was all downhill for the Broncos. For anyone who sat through the entire game, it’s safe to say they were bored half to death after watching the Seahawks score touchdown after touchdown, while the Broncos struggled to push through the opposing team’s defenses.
This hyped up game became a laughing stock for the Broncos. Peyton Manning further proved to the world he cannot play in cold weather, putting up stats that made him look like Eli Manning this year (although if it was Eli, he might have won the Super Bowl.) The Broncos did not score a single point until the third quarter when Manning hooked up with wide out Demaryius Thomas for a touchdown and then hit Wes Welker for a two point conversion, making the score 36-8.
By game’s end, Manning, who set almost every passing record this season including passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55), had only 280 yards passing, one touchdown and two interceptions (one of which was taken back for a touchdown by the Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith), and lost a fumble. A game that many said would set Manning in history did just that, but not in a good way.
One bright note for the Broncos was Thomas actually putting up a good game, having 13 catches for 118 yards and a touchdown, but he also lost a fumble.
However, this game was not all about disappointment. Seattle played like the dominant team they have been all year. After getting the ball from the safety, they drove downfield for a field goal to make the score 5-0. They then forced a 3 and out, getting the ball back and doing the same thing, making the score 8-0. After an interception by safety Cam Chancellor, the Seahawks drove downfield to get the game’s first touchdown on a one- yard run by Marshawn Lynch, making the score 15-0.
The next Bronco drive would end with the pick six by Smith, making the score 22-0, and that’s how the game went into half time.
This is a perfect time to look at the only good part of the entire game: Bruno Mars. Even non-Bruno Mars fans can’t deny they enjoyed the halftime show, because Mars’ performance was so well executed. He started with a drum solo on a stage that gradually moved to midfield; as he played, a swarm of people followed. After that, Mars played some of his hits, starting with “Locked Out Of Heaven” then “Treasure,” and finishing with “Runaway Baby.” The Red Hot Chili Peppers then joined Mars on stage, playing their hit song “Give it Away.” Then it went back to Bruno, as he finished up with the song “Just the Way You Are.”
Following halftime, the opening kick for the second half went to the Seahawks, and former Gator great Percy Harvin earned every dime of what he makes as he took the kickoff back 87 yards to the house for a touchdown, making the score 29-0. As time wound down in the third quarter, the Seahawks scored again as quarterback Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse on one of the worst defensive plays in Super Bowl history. Six Broncos missed tackles, allowing him to go 15 yards for the score. Wilson would hit receiver Doug Baldwin one more time as the Seahawks cruised to a 43-8 Super Bowl victory.
What was supposed to be one of the greatest Super Bowls in the history of football turned out to be just one big disappointment and embarrassment to the Broncos. Manning will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks in history, but after this game, his legacy will definitely be questioned.