EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Denver quarterback Peyton Manning's five MVP awards and his NFL records for passing yards and touchdown passes meant very little Sunday night.
The Broncos were torched by the Seattle Seahawks 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium, and the numbers next to his name will be these:
1-2, his record in Super Bowls.
11-12, his record in postseason games.
Manning may have set a Super Bowl record for completions with 34 in 49 attempts, but he threw for just 280 yards, one touchdown and two costly interceptions.
"We played a great football team," Manning said of the Seahawks. "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.
"We knew they had a good defense. We knew they were fast. It was still a matter of us doing our jobs better. We just didn't do that tonight."
The game got off to a rocky start for Manning when on the first play of the game, a shotgun snap sailed over his head and into the end zone for a safety. The Broncos were playing catchup all night, from 2-0 to 5-0 to 8-0 to 15-0 to 22-0.
"The turnover on the first play of the game to give them a safety was not the way you want to start a game," Manning said. "As I was walking up to the line of scrimmage to make a change . . . the ball was snapped. It's nobody's fault. For whatever reason, we couldn't get much going after that.
"To get behind and give them the lead played into their hands. That's what they do to a lot of teams. We got behind early and never could make a run to catch up."
Manning, 37, had undergone four neck surgeries and signed with Denver in 2012 after 14 Hall of Fame seasons at Indianapolis to reach another Super Bowl, and the disappointment was evident.
"It's disappointing for our entire team," Manning said. "We worked hard to get to this point and overcame a lot of obstacles to be here, putting in a lot of hard work. It is a really good thing to have this opportunity, but certainly to finish this way is very disappointing. It is not an easy pill to swallow, but eventually you have to."
When asked if the loss steeled his resolve to return next season, Manning stuck with what he said at the start of the week, that he wants to continue playing as long as he is productive.
"I addressed those (questions) all week long," he said. "It doesn't change anything on those ends as far as I want to do."
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