The Denver Broncos had the biggest game of the season ahead of themselves after making their way to the Super Bowl XLVIII, but it seems like they never made it to the MetLife Stadium.
Peyton Manning was very inaccurate, the rushing attack failed to make any sort of impact and the receivers were unable to do anything as the Seattle Seahawks’ coverage was simply magnificent. As a result, the Seahawks cruised to win the first Super Bowl in their franchise’s history with a spectacular 43-8 win. However, the performance of Denver was simply inexplicable.
Much has been said about the struggles of Manning in the cold weather and unfortunately for him, he didn’t do anything to disprove those comments. Coming off an award celebration where he won everything he could have — including the AP Offensive Player Of The Year and his fifth MVP Trophy — Manning had the perfect chance to silence his critics but he had a forgettable performance in the biggest game of the year. He completed 34 of 49 passes for 280 yards, and even though he completed a TD, he was intercepted twice in the first half.
The receivers didn’t do any better. Aside from Demaryius Thomas — who finished with a new Super Bowl record 13 receptions, 118 yards and a score — no Bronco topped 10 receptions or even the 100-yard mark, as they also failed to find the end zone repeatedly. Denver also fumbled three times, two of those times in the first half, as they simply never got it going against the strong pressure implemented by Seattle.
Denver’s defensive line has never been the team’s strong point, but they were actually more serviceable in comparison to what happened with their offense, which is saying enough considering the final score of the game. As it has been the case all season long, Denver can’t win if their attack isn’t clicking. Sadly for them, they did nothing but confirm that notion in what was their biggest game of the season, where they simply failed to show up.