Broncos and Seahawks stars defend veteran quarterback.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has insisted that calling their Super Bowl performance embarrassing is insulting despite a 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Despite going into the game with the best offensive record in the NFL, the Broncos were unable to cope with the physical and speedy Seahawks defense, which allowed just one score all game.
Meanwhile, Manning completed 34 of 49 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown pass, but also had two interceptions as the Seahawks pounded their rivals into submission while their ‘Legion of Boom’ secondary didn’t allow a route over the top.
“It’s not embarrassing at all, I would never use that word,” Manning said after the game, as reported by ESPN. “The word embarrassing is an insulting word, to tell you the truth.”
“We played a great team. We needed to play really well in order to win, and we didn’t come anywhere close to that,” he added.
Manning now falls to 1-2 in Super Bowl games and 11-12 in the post-season, but Broncos coach John Fox and wide receiver Wes Welker slammed suggestions that the loss would bring into question the 37-year-old’s legacy.
Both cited his record-breaking regular season as a sign of things going up rather than down, with members of the Seahawks team also supporting their rival on Sunday night.
Cornerback Richard Sherman, usually a vocal presence against the opposition, tweeted after the game, “Peyton is the classiest person/player I have ever met! I could learn so much from him! Thank you for being a great competitor and person”.
Sherman went on to encourage Seahawks fans not to abuse Manning after his disappointing performance, claiming that he is still a future Hall of Fame player.
The former Colts star will undoubtedly require time to overcome the frustration of Sunday’s loss, but he is confident that he can come back stronger next season.