Super Bowl blowout leaves Manning legacy in question

Mon Feb 3, 2014 12:20am EST
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By Steve Keating

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Peyton Manning confirmed his Hall of Fame credentials with another record-breaking season but his standing among the truly great quarterbacks remains uncertain after his Denver Broncos suffered a humiliating 43-8 Super Bowl loss on Sunday.

After collecting his fifth National Football League most valuable player award on Saturday, Manning's place in the Canton, Ohio shrine is assured but the heavy loss against the Seattle Seahawks has left a cloud over his legacy.

With one Super Bowl win in three attempts, his historical impact will be left for others to debate in the coming years but on Sunday, the only thing on Manning's mind was where it all went wrong.

"I think we played a great football team," the 37-year-old Manning told reporters. "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 get go."

It was hardly a Hall of Fame worthy first quarter for Manning, who watched the opening snap sail over his head for a safety to put Denver in an early hole.

Manning, who tossed for a record 5,477 yards during the regular season, completed just two passes for five yards and an interception that the Seahawks turned into a touchdown and a 15-0 first quarter lead.

"The turnover on the first play of the game to give them a safety is not the way you want to start a game," Manning added. "For whatever reason, we couldn't get much going after that.   Continued...

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning reacts after an incomplete pass during the third quarter against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, February 2, 2014. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine