Super Bowl XLVIII was billed as one of the most memorable title clashes in NFL history before the game even started. New York City, the weather, the best offense against the best defense. It was going to be a game for the ages.
Until it wasn't.
The weather was a complete non-factor. The city was a fine host all week, but once the game began, the New Jersey stadium had zero impact on making the game more memorable. For the casual fans, or diehards without a rooting interest, Super Bowl XLVIII was a disaster from the opening kickoff.
Denver fell behind after an errant snap forced a safety on the first play of the game and was never able to recover. The game felt more like the Broncos' Super Bowls of the 1980s, when Denver got blown out by NFC stalwarts, than the victorious trips in the 1990s.
That's the thing about Super Bowls. All the hype in the world can't make a game close, and blowouts never go down in history as all that memorable. Historic, sure. The Seattle victory over Denver is one of the most historic victories in the Super Bowl era. We will certainly remember the outcome, especially with Peyton Manning losing another Super Bowl, this time in his brother Eli's building. So, sure, we'll remember the result, but the game itself was ultimately forgettable, save a few huge plays that made the difference.
With that, the day wasn't an entire loss. I got to watch Fox from 2 p.m. when the pregame show came on straight through the trophy presentation more than eight hours later. Here are some of the best and worst moments of a long day of football, follies and Fox.