The 10 Worst Super Bowls

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#3

Super Bowl XLVIII

Seattle 43, Denver 8

What was hyped as a classic matchup between an unstoppable offense and a miserly defense turned into a rout. Things went sour for Peyton Manning and the Broncos from the very first scrimmage play, and by halftime they were down 22-0 - their biggest deficit of the season and the only time they didn't score in a half.
On that first play, Manning stepped up toward the line just as center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball. It flew past his incredulous quarterback into the end zone, where Knowshon Moreno dived on it for a safety. A mere 12 seconds in, Seattle led 2-0 with the quickest score in Super Bowl history. That masterful defense, the NFL's stingiest, never let the five-time MVP get going, disarming the highest-scoring offense in league history. Seattle was too quick, too physical and just too good for Denver.

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