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Denver fumbles first snap of Super Bowl, Seattle D scores 12 seconds into game

Running back Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos recovers the ball in the endzone for a safety against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Running back Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos recovers the ball in the endzone for a safety against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

After winning the coin toss (tails) to begin the Super Bowl on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks deferred.

Turns out, it was a good decision.

Seattle struck first and it was their acclaimed defense that was responsible.

Returner Trindon Holliday took the kick from six yards deep in the end zone; returning it 20 yards.

Starting the drive on their own 14 yard line, the Denver Broncos offense took the field. Center Manny Ramirez promptly snapped the ball past Peyton Manning and into the end zone.

Running back Knowshon Moreno grabbed the ball and took it out of bounds for a safety.

With a mere 12 seconds off the clock, the safety marked the fastest score in Super Bowl history; trumping Devin Hester’s kickoff return for the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLII, which took 14 seconds.

A shellshocked Denver Broncos team was able to hold Seattle to a short field goal, but promptly went three-and-out on their next possession.

They allowed Seattle to immediately threaten, but again held them to a red zone field goal. The Broncos did lose a challenge, however, costing them a time out.

Then things got even worse for the Broncos.

Their next possession saw Knowshon Moreno fumble (recovered by Denver). The very next play Peyton Manning was intercepted by Kam Chancellor; giving Seattle the ball in good field position.

The quarter ended with the Broncos in a state of shock, and the Seahawks up 8-0 and threatening to score yet again.