There are memorable records, then there are ones that players likely want to forget.
Let's put this one in the latter column for Peyton Manning. The Denver Broncos quarterback was far from perfect in the 2014 Super Bowl, but he still set yet another record in an otherwise memorable season, as John Boyle of the Everett Herald points out:
Announced in the press box that Peyton Manning set a SB record with 33 completions. Lots of laughter.— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) February 3, 2014
The Broncos were routed in the Super Bowl as Manning threw for two interceptions and couldn't get any rhythm during his third game on the big stage, but the record will be one Manning still owns after a less-than-memorable performance.
The Seahawks cruised to victory with one of the most dominant defensive performances in recent memory and smashed the No. 1 offense with a 43-8 victory at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer points out that the previous record might have been a little more important as Tom Brady won his second Super Bowl over the Carolina Panthers with 32 completions:
Most misleading stat of this SB: Peyton Manning has set a new record for completions (33). Brady's 32 much more significant 10 yrs ago.— scott_fowler (@scott_fowler) February 3, 2014
Manning's records this year prove that he put together the best season ever for a quarterback with 55 passing touchdowns and over 5,477 passing yards in the regular season. But his success in the Super Bowl now has him at 1-2 in the big game and will leave questions for his critics.
This game in particular was a blowout, as Manning could never establish any momentum against the "Legion of Boom" defense.
The record-setting performance was hardly that for Manning or Demaryius Thomas, who also set the receptions record in a Super Bowl game.
Both will have an entire offseason to figure out what went wrong and try to repeat the performance next year in a win in February.
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