Peyton Manning Sets Super Bowl Record with 34 Completions

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffFebruary 3, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos sits on the ground in the fourth quarter while taking on the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Peyton Manning set a Super Bowl record with 34 completions in Sunday’s ugly 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. After breaking the single-season passing yardage and passing touchdown marks during the 2013 campaign, Manning set a record Sunday that he won’t be able to take any pride in. The superstar quarterback needed 49 passes to reach 34 completions, and he piled up just 280 passing yards for a meager 5.71 yards per pass attempt.

The Seahawks forced Manning to settle for short completions all night long, and the Seattle secondary and linebackers didn’t miss many tackles. The Broncos’ longest gain of the game came on a 23-yard, third-quarter pass to wideout Demaryius Thomas, who fumbled the ball away on the play. All in all, the Seahawks forced four turnovers, including two interceptions and one fumble that Manning lost himself.

Whenever Manning hears about the record he set in Sunday’s Super Bowl, he’ll be reminded of how flawlessly the Seahawks executed their defensive game plan. Former record holder Tom Brady has a better memory of his record-setting performance, as Brady’s 32 completions led to 354 passing yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots' 32-29 Super Bowl win over the Carolina Panthers in February 2004.