After nearly half a calendar year full of stupid NFL decisions and moments, we wrap things up with Super Bowl XLVIII. Here are the five stupidest things that took place during Super Bowl XLVIII.
1. Peyton's first really bad decision
Interceptions are complicated and usually not all about the quarterback. Plus, the coverage from the Seahawks was superb and bad passes aren't necessarily bad decisions. Instead, Manning's two stupidest plays happened when the Broncos desperately needed a touchdown when trailing 22-0 late in the first half. The first came when Manning went to Julius Thomas here...
Rather than Wes Welker...
2. Peyton's second really bad decision
And then on fourth down, in pretty much a do-or-die situation, he overlooked an open Julius Thomas for a first down and instead attempted a low-percentage throw to Demaryius Thomas, which was deflected and incomplete.
It was basically game over at that point. Very un-Peyton-like.
3. Why are they PUNTING???!!!
And why did Joe Buck and Troy Aikman fail to realize/point out how stupid it was for Denver to punt the ball away down 29 points at Seattle's 39-yard line in the third quarter? I realize that the odds of converting 4th-and-11 are bad, but you've got nothing to lose, good field position and the best quarterback in the world. There's no way gaining even 38 yards in field position is worth it there.
In this case, John Fox gained his defense 31 yards on the ensuing drive, but they gave away a big opportunity and lost nearly four minutes in precious clock time before getting the ball back.
4. Why are they RUNNING???!!!
Sometimes Manning outsmarts himself. On the play before that punt, he checked to a draw handoff to Montee Ball. On 3rd-and-10 against that defense, that's ridiculous.
5. Why are they CHALLENGING???!!!
Nobody in the world thought this was a forward pass, John...
Challenges for the sake of challenging are usually stupid, and sometimes very costly later in games.
Manning was out of it from the very beginning. He was not doing all his bellowing and jumping and moving all over the place like he always does.
the challenge of the FWD pass was essentially a looong time out. Their defense was on the field for almost the whole 1Q and challenging a play takes LONGER than just calling a TO and giving your players rest. Kicking a FG at the end of the half STILL requires 3 scores, down 19 or 22, still requires 3 TDs..neither call a mistake
pic of "open" Welker does NOT show whats behind him, we have NO idea if he is open and neither does he
julius thomas was not even close to wide open. you cant overlook the defender 3 yards away, just waiting for peyton to throw the ball his way
Shoulda , Woulda, Coulda is the WORDS after thought of over analyzed lossers who don't get it and base on there pre-game preconceived expectation's still don't get it. BRONCO FANS YOU GOT YOUR BUTTS KICKED BY A BETTER TEAM. The match up favored the Seahawks from day one... See ya next fall....
because john fox was dumb. some of these calls where stupid. like opting to go for it on 4th down and not getting the field goal to put points on the board when it's 22-0 in the first half. I mean there is still an entire half left to play! 22-3 going into half time would have gave them at least something rather then nothing at all.. And some of the plays where stupid, like challenging a forward pass, did no one on the broncos staff up at the booth have a working monitor? that wasn't even close to a challenge. Punting the ball when they are down 29 points late in the 3rd qt was really stupid too. I mean at this point it was go for broke they haven't scored any points on the board, their defense wasn't stopping seattle, so why are you punting the ball on 4th and 11 even if you were backed up on your own 39 yardline. and I really didn't understand why they ran it on 3rd and 10 either, i mean this wasn't like you were playing a bad defense, where you could do something like that. i mean you were playing against the number 1 defense in the league. It was just an overall piss poor coaching job by the broncos coaching staff. either they overlooked seattles team during prep or they were just happy to be there. either way the broncos were outcoached on every level. hell the patriots would have put up a much better fight then the broncos did against seattle.
@JonasBush And his throwing lane is blocked by that big arm in front of him.
@SeaHawkFanTacomaZ The matchup may have favored Seattle, but if anyone says they saw this coming, they are fibbin'.
@SteelCity1981 the challenge of the FWD pass was essentially and looong time out. Their defense was on the field for almost the whole 1Q and challenging a play takes LONGER than just calling a TO and giving your players rest. Kicking a FG at the end of the half STILL requires 3 scores, down 19 or 22, still requires 3 TDs..neither call a mistake
@SteelCity1981 easy to point all these things out after the game.. i don't see you sir, or the writer, coaching in the NFL. The run play has worked for Denver before, plus it was safer, (interceptions), and Manning probably thought it was four down territory as well. The punt I agree was stupid. Prater holds the record for longest field goal. The challenge of forward pass was a calculated decision, not to reverse the call, but probably to give the coaches time to analyze what was happening, and game plan on how to stop the receivers of SEA, after spending two weeks of preparing for Lynch who was bottled up. Those challenge timeouts give them time to look at photos, and matchups. Also the Seahawks were down a challenge so it didn't put the Broncos under in timeouts or challenges. Also how can missing an open receiver be stupid? He missed one thing in a five-eight second time limit? That's way overly critical! Happens every game to every quarterback. Also can people admit now that defense is not limited or some how at a disadvantage? I mean comon'! The number one offense of all time got man handled by a top 10 or maybe top 20 defense of all time.. It's just different rules to allow more scoring, but that goes for the Seahawks as well. So it can't be disputed now that defense wins championships, and GAMES. The history says it all and who ever thought Denver should have won isn't watching the NFL the way I do. Plus comon' Patriots would do better? how? their defense was worse than Denvers, as seen in the AFC championship. I am a Denver fan, and did not understand why all these experts were saying Seattle was the underdog, Seattle was a team I watched whenever I could and they seemed dominant even. Numbers are misleading I always when two good teams are playing.
@SteelCity1981 easy to point all these things out after the game.. i don't see you sir, or the writer coaching in the NFL.
@mikeek1 lol true-- gotta love those big defensive tackles
@frederickfcc @SteelCity1981 Actually, we pointed these things out as they happened while watching the game. we also thought that they should have gone for the 3 points and get at least something on the board before the half. We also right away questioned why they ran on that 3rd and 10. It seemed to me and my friends and family that Peyton appeared a little less than confident. The greatest QB of all time (not in my opinion, but certainly one of the best ever) and you don't try a pass play on 3rd and 10, then you punt on 4th down when the game is clearly in a do or die situation. Neither we nor the writer are coaches in the NFL, (are you?) but we certainly have seen enough of it to know these were highly questionable decisions.
@skyriver44 @bmerbob @BillyBuntin @SeaHawkFanTacomaZ Come on dude, I'm not the most knowledgeable football guy but at work I'm surrounded by the most rabid Seahawk fans in the world and a bazzilion season ticket holders. Only one of them predicted a blowout. I think that says more about Seattle's siege mentality; the "oh my god, not another cluster" mindset, then it does a lack of faith in the team. Anyway I'll savor this for the rest of my life!
@BillyBuntin @bmerbob @SeaHawkFanTacomaZ I don't buy that for a second. I have friends from and in Washington, the Seattle area. None of them saw a 43-8 drubbin' coming. In fact most were just a shade concerned about the Broncos offense. Easy to say with hindsight, but I seriously doubt I was the only one who didn't see that kind of game coming.If that many people saw it coming, Vegas wouldn't have pulled in record money.