The Denver Broncos suffered a demoralizing 43-8 loss at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. Although many analysts thought this would be a highly contested game, Seattle was able to blow the doors wide open from the beginning.
Thanks to a botched snap on the first play of the game, Seattle scored on a safety and didn't look back. In fact, the Seahawks put 36 points on the board before Denver finally reached the end zone on the last play of the third quarter.
Denver struggled mightily on offense throughout the contest. It failed to obtain a first down in the first quarter of the game.
And it really didn't get any better from there.
Multiple miscues plagued the Broncos. Two Peyton Manning interceptions and a Demaryius Thomas fumble ensured that Denver would not be able to gain any momentum, and the hopes of an improbable comeback diminished quickly.
For a team with a good amount of veteran experience, this was completely unexpected. So who was to blame? What were the root causes for these errors?
Let's take a look at the players and scenarios that played the biggest roles in the Broncos' Super Bowl loss. Each will be accompanied by a percentage of how much it contributed to the failures of the team.