Super Bowl XLVIII has gotten off to one of the craziest starts in NFL history.
After the opening kickoff was only returned to the 14-yard line, the Broncos made a critical mistake.
*Update: Monday, Feb. 3 at 12:03 a.m. ET
After the game, the Broncos addressed the bad snap, via NFL.com's Around the League's Chris Wesseling.
Quarterback Peyton Manning called it a "cadence issue," which took the blame away from the center.
However, center Manny Ramirez accepted "full responsibility" for the snap:
It was real loud. We were trying to go on the cadence. I thought I heard him. I didn't. He was actually walking up to me because he had already said the cadence, and I snapped it. But again, I take full responsibility for that. It's just something that we should have been able to overcome. and we weren't able to ... It's not an excuse. It shouldn't have happened.
I went into the game focused. That wasn't the issue at all. We were backed up into the end zone and they were loud.
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Broncos center Manny Ramirez's first snap went over the head of a surprised Manning, but running back Knowshon Moreno managed to chase the ball down to limit the damage to just a safety:
The blunder also made Super Bowl history:
Fastest score in Super Bowl history — 12 seconds— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) February 2, 2014
It beats Devin Hester's opening-kickoff score in Super Bowl XLI by about a second.
Here's an interesting stat about safeties in recent Super Bowl history:
That was the 9th safety in Super Bowl history. It's the 3rd straight Super Bowl with a safety.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 2, 2014
In case you were wondering, these were the odds of that happening:
6,000-1 safety on first play. Think about that.— Matt Hayes (@Matt_HayesSN) February 2, 2014
The Seahawks wound up kicking a field goal on the ensuing drive to take a 5-0 lead.