VIDEO: Remembering When Peyton Manning Missed a Snap for a Safety on the First Play of Super Bowl XLVIII
By Max Staley
Super Bowl XLVIII was one of the most intriguing matchups ever. On one side, we had an upstart Seattle Seahawks team led by an emerging young QB in Russell Wilson and the league's best defense.
On the other, we had the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos, who were arguably the greatest offense in NFL history, statistically speaking.
The matchup couldn't have looked closer, on paper. But from the first play of the game, fans instantly got a glimpse into how the game would go, as the Broncos' first play ended in disaster.
There was a miscommunication between Manning and his center, and the ball went soaring over his head into the end zone. Seattle then got the ball, up 2-0, and never looked back. The Seahawks would go on to win, 43-8, as Manning's Broncos wouldn't get on the scoreboard until the second half.
The result surprised fans and analysts alike, but from the first play of the game, it was clear how this one was going to go.
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