So much for that second Super Bowl ring for Peyton Manning. This was supposed to be the Great One’s moment — the chance for him to shut his critics up and cap off a stellar career. He failed.
Manning was highly inefficient in this one. He was being chased around for big chunks of this game, but even when he had time, his throws were erratic and off target for much of the night. The conditions weren’t to blame in this one. The temperature was a shade under 50 degrees at kickoff. Manning simply didn’t have it on the biggest stage of all. His throws lacked zip. He looked frantic and hurried in the pocket even during instances when there wasn’t pressure.
It was a night to forget for the whole Manning family. In the stadium where baby brother Eli Manning calls his home, the elder Manning failed to get the job done. Frankly, he looked like the pick machine that was his younger brother at times.
Manning did seem to get some magic going late with his favorite target Demaryius Thomas, but it was too little too late. The Denver Broncos offense that was historically good all season long failed to sh0w up on Super Bowl Sunday.
It was as baffling a performance as I can remember. Give credit to the Seattle Seahawks. They forced Manning and this offensive juggernaut totally out of their game with their stifling, ball-hawking defense. They got relentless pressure and allowed little to no room to the Broncos’ array of weapons. The Broncos’ offensive game plan to throw on seemingly every down was a disastrous one as it played right into the Seahawks’ hands and led to three Broncos turnovers.
It was the Seahawks’ night. It wasn’t Manning’s. Where does he go from here?