The Broncos trailed 12 seconds into Super Bowl XLVIII, as they let up a botched snap for a safety that center Manny Ramirez attributed to miscommunication caused by the noise level, and the Seahawks never looked back, leading for 59 minutes, 48 seconds of the game. After the 43-8 beating at the Seahawks’ hands, Denver wide receiver Wes Welker said the Broncos were not prepared for the noise and it cost them.

“That’s the way the start of any Super Bowl is going to be. It’s going to be loud,” Welker said. “Fans are going to be yelling. I don’t think they even know why they’re yelling. It’s just the start of the Super Bowl. We didn’t prepare very well for that and it showed.”

So much for that No. 1 defense versus No. 1 offense showdown. All the hype was merely hot air, the most lopsided Super Bowl in 21 years.

Seattle’s 43-8 rout of Denver was the most one-sided Super Bowl since Super Bowl XXVII in 1993, when the Cowboys dismantled the Bills, 52-17. It was also a replica of the Seahawks’ 40-10 beatdown of the Broncos during the preseason on Aug. 17.

Super Bowl teams have met seven times in the preseason since 1994 and the preseason winner has won six of the seven games.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has now thrown the two longest pick-sixes in NFL Super Bowl history, as his record dropped to 1-2 in The Big Game. Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith took a Manning pass 69 yards to the house with 3:36 left in the first half.