Broncos center explains what went wrong on safety that started Super Bowl XLVIII

Kevin Kaduk
Shutdown Corner

So how did it go all wrong on the play where it all went wrong for the Denver Broncos? 

Quarterback Peyton Manning and his center Manny Ramirez described the genesis of Sunday's first-snap, tone-setting safety and it came from a situation you might expect. Noise created by the Seattle Seahawks fans at MetLife Stadium prevented Ramirez from hearing Manning's cadence and led to a communication breakdown, which led to the fastest score in Super Bowl history.

To be more specific, Manning had called for the snap about three seconds before Ramirez actually delivered the ball past his helmet. The quarterback was on his way to the line to change the play and, well, you know what happened next. The ball went all the way into the back of the end zone giving the Seahawks a small lead that would eventually grow into a Hulk-sized 43-8 triumph. 

Manning said the mishap was "nobody's fault" and credited the noise for creating the situation. Ramirez, however, took more ownership for the mistake. 

 "I was shocked because you never expect anything like that to happen," Ramirez told reporters after the game.  "It was real loud. We were trying to go on the cadence. I thought I heard him. I didn't.

"He was actually walking up to me because he had already said the cadence, and I snapped it. But again, I take full responsibility for that. It's just something that we should have been able to overcome, and we weren't able to ... It's not an excuse. It shouldn't have happened."

Ramirez was converted to center at the start of the season after the Broncos' top two centers were lost to injuries. He earned a two-year contract extension with his play and had an overall good season. 

Ramirez would sure like the first snap of the final game back, however.

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Kevin Kaduk is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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