It was that way before his Denver Broncos center, Manny Ramirez, misheard a signal amid the noise in Metlife Stadium and fired the game’s first snap into the end zone.
It was that way before Manning was constantly pressured and his arm hit as he attempted to throw a pass that wound up being Malcolm Smith’s 69-yard touchdown return.
It was that way before Percy Harvin returned the second-half for a touchdown ― after the kickoff bounced, delaying the start of his return and, all too typically, causing the coverage team to overrun the play.
Denver fought a good Seattle team, led by a great Seattle defense, as well as a litany of bad breaks that turned a Seattle victory into a Seattle rout 43-8.
Teams win and lose games, including Super Bowls. In the pro game, the quarterback is the most important single player but still a single player. Manning is one of only three quarterbacks to make Super Bowl starts for multiple teams. His team won one of those games.
That’s just one of many stats we can cite for Manning, one of the game’s all-time greats, who should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
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