Bad Snap on Broncos' First Play of Super Bowl XLVIII Results in Safety

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2014

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Super Bowl XLVIII has gotten off to one of the craziest starts in NFL history.

Not only was the coin toss a disaster, but Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning didn't even get a chance to run a play on the first drive of the game.

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'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:

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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.