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Super Bowl report card: Peyton Manning struggled from the start

Super Bowl 48 started poorly for the Denver Broncos, then got worse, and the grades reflect Seattle's 43-8 victory.
by Berry Tramel Published: February 2, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Super Bowl 48 started poorly for the Broncos, then got worse, and the grades reflect Seattle's 43-8 victory.

Peyton Manning: D. Manning set a Super Bowl record with 34 completions, but three virtual turnovers — two interceptions and a safety via a center snap miscommunication — in the first half turned this game into a rout.

Weather: A. Temperature at kickoff was 49 degrees. At the same time, the temperature in Santa Clara, Calif., which will host Super Bowl two years from now, was 52. The temperature in Los Angeles was 59.

Darrell Bevell: A. You might not have known the name of the Seahawk offensive coordinator until Super Bowl 48, but everyone should know it now. Bevell had an excellent game plan, with reverses to Percy Harvin and a variety of power packages that gave Russell Wilson room to maneuver. Denver stopped the Seattle run game, but Wilson was effective with his feet and his arm. The Seahawks converted seven of the nine third downs on which Wilson threw.

Oklahoma connection: C. Wes Welker had eight catches for 84 yards for Denver, but no one really was an offensive factor for the Broncos. Meanwhile, the Seahawks' trio of Oklahoma-ties offensive linemen had so-so games. Tackle Russell Okung (OSU) provided solid protection for Wilson but was flagged for two penalties, including one hold. Extra lineman Alvin Bailey (Broken Arrow High School) also was called for holding but played extensively as Seattle went to a power formation. Michael Bowie (Sand Springs, OSU and Northeastern State) was deactivated for the game.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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