Super Bowl XLVIII: Peyton Manning admits the Denver Broncos were not sharp enough
Peyton Manning said Denver didn't "come anywhere close" to playing well enough to match Seattle in the Super Bowl.
Last Updated: 03/02/14 12:05pm
Manning broke records for passing yards and touchdowns and landed a fifth MVP award on the eve of the Super Bowl - but a bad snap from centre Manny Ramirez and a Seattle safety just 12 seconds into the game set a dangerous tone.
And the Seahawks took full advantage as they stormed to an emphatic 43-8 victory.
"I think we played a great football team," said Manning. "We needed to play really well in order to win, and we didn't come anywhere close to that.
"We weren't sharp offensively from the very get-go. The turnover on the first play of the game to give them a safety is not the way you want to start a game.
"For whatever reason, we couldn't get much going after that. Give Seattle a lot of credit. They are an excellent football team, and they caused a lot of our mistakes. At the same time we just didn't play well tonight."
It was just the start Denver didn't need against a fearsome Seattle defence, and it proved impossible to get back into the game after that.
"They certainly have an excellent defence. To get behind and give them the lead, played into their hands. That's what they do to a lot of teams. I think when you get the lead on a team it definitely benefits their defence. We certainly didn't want to do that.
"We wanted to keep the game on the field and keep the score even. We got behind early and never could make a run to catch up."
Ramirez was understandably down after his error contributed to their poor start - and his snaps looked a bit shaky throughout the game after that.
"It's just hard to have something like that happen in the beginning of the game," said Ramirez. "It was real loud and none of us heard the snap count.
"I thought I did and when I snapped it I guess Peyton was actually trying to walk up to me at the time, I'm not 100 per cent sure. It's unfortunate, things didn't go as planned.
"I feel bad for the team, there is a lot of players on the team that you wanted to win that game for. You have to give credit where credit is due, the Seahawks defence played amazing today.
"They were No 1 for a reason and they showed it today."
You can watch highlights of Super Bowl XLVII on Sky Sports 2HD at midday and again at 5.30pm