Bad snap yields quick score, fastest in Super Bowl history
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For the second time in the past three Super Bowls, the first score of Sunday night’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos was a safety.
The Seahawks got Super Bowl XLVIII off to a rousing start when the Broncos’ first play from scrimmage after the opening kickoff went terribly wrong.
A snap from center Manny Ramirez whizzed by quarterback Peyton Manning’s head as he was walking up to the line to change the play.
Running back Knowshon Moreno fell on the loose ball in the end zone, but the Seahawks had a 2-0 lead just 12 seconds in on their way to a 43-8 win.
In Super Bowl XLVI, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was called for intentional grounding in the end zone with 8:52 left in the first period, giving the New York Giants a 2-0 lead.
Super Bowl record
The Seahawks’ safety was also the quickest score in Super Bowl history.
It topped the Chicago Bears, who needed 14 seconds for Devin Hester to return the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLI against Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts rebounded from the early 7-0 deficit to win 29-17.
It wasn’t Miami, but all the talk about how bad the weather would be since the game was awarded to the New York/New Jersey area four years ago didn’t develop.
While it was overcast and a light drizzle fell at halftime, the temperature at kickoff in MetLife Stadium was 49 degrees.
That means New Orleans still holds the record for coldest outdoor Super Bowl. It was 39 degrees at the start of Super Bowl VI in old Tulane Stadium on Jan. 16, 1972.
Making his mark
Manning broke another record Sunday night, this one for most postseason passing yards in NFL history, on a 14-yard pass to Wes Welker in the third quarter.
Manning had 6,309 yards going into the game and needed just 116 more to pass Brady, who has 6,424 yards, for the record.
Oldies, but goodies
At 37 years and 351 days, Manning became the second-oldest quarterback to start a Super Bowl game when he took the first snap for the Broncos on Sunday night.
The oldest quarterback to start a Super Bowl was John Elway, who was 38 years, 217 days old when he took the field for the Broncos for Super Bowl XXXIII on Jan. 31, 1999.
Elway, who’s now the Broncos executive vice president of football operations, convinced Manning to join the team in March 2012.
With his team’s lopsided win, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll became the third coach to win a Super Bowl and a national championship in college.
The only other men to do both were Jimmy Johnson (Miami/Dallas Cowboys) and Barry Switzer (Oklahoma/Cowboys).
Carroll won the 2004 BCS championship with Southern California.
Join the club
In their second appearance, the Seahawks became the 19th franchise to win a Super Bowl and is the first first-time winner since the New Orleans Saints won Super Bowl XLIV after the 2009 season.
Seattle, which lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL in its title-game debut, is the seventh team with one Vince Lombardi Trophy.
As the winning team, each of the Seahawks earned $92,000 — up $4,000 from what the Baltimore Ravens took home a year ago.
The Seahawks collected $157,000 per man for their three-game postseason run after winning $23,000 each in the divisional playoffs and $42,000 for the conference championship.
The Broncos pocketed $46,000 Sunday and earned a total of $111,000 for their three postseason games.
Super XLIX will be played in University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., for the second time Feb. 1, 2015. After that, Super Bowl L is set for the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., in February 2016. Houston’s Reliant Stadium has been awarded Super Bowl LI for 2017.
New Orleans is a finalist for the 2018 game, which will be awarded at the NFL’s spring meetings in May.
Bradshaw misses game
Fox analyst Terry Bradshaw didn’t take part in the network’s coverage of the Super Bowl after the death of his father.
Bill Bradshaw, 86, died Thursday after a lengthy illness. Terry Bradshaw, a Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback who has been part of Fox’s pregame show since 1994, left New York to be with his family.
By the numbers
0 — First downs in the first quarter by the Broncos, who led the league during the regular season with 435 first downs (27.2 per game). They averaged 26.5 in two playoff games.
Denver’s seventh appearance in the Super Bowl tied it with New England for third-most in the game’s history. Dallas and Pittsburgh have each played in eight. … Only three quarterbacks — Brady, Manning and Ben Roethlisberger — have started Super Bowls for the AFC champion in the past 10 seasons. They’ve combined for a 5-5 record in that stretch. … The NFC holds a 27-21 edge in Super Bowls. … The Seahawks wore white jerseys as the designated “visiting” team. The team wearing white has won nine of the past 10 Super Bowls.