NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — In his third Super Bowl appearance, Peyton Manning had a nightmarish first half at MetLife Stadium against the Seahawks.
On the first play from scrimmage, Broncos center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball by Manning, who was walking up to the line and didn’t have his hands ready. The ball was recovered by running back Knowshon Moreno in the end zone for a safety.
The five-time NFL MVP completed 17 of 23 passes for 104 yards in the first half but was picked off twice.
Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith intercepted Manning in the second quarter and returned it 69 yards for a touchdown.
The Broncos went into the locker room at halftime trailing 22-0.
The 13-time Pro Bowler wasn’t much better in the second half. He threw a 14-yard touchdown to Demaryius Thomas on the last play of the third quarter and then converted the two-point conversion with a pass to Wes Welker.
That would be the only scoring for the Broncos on the night, however, as they lost, 43-8, to Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Manning finished the night 34 of 49 for 280 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He was sacked once and also fumbled in the loss.
Manning won Super Bowl XLI with the Colts in 2007, defeating the Bears and winning MVP honors. Three years later the future Hall of Famer lost Super Bowl XLIV to Drew Brees and the Saints.
The 37-year-old won his fifth AP NFL MVP award this season.
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