Worst quarterback: He had the best offensive season in NFL history, but he was also the second-oldest quarterback to start this ultimate game. Peyton Manning was the only player on either team to win a Super Bowl, but he certainly didn't win this one. No, the two interceptions weren't completely his fault, but his big-game nerves will be questioned after this loss. Again. Manning is now 11-12 in playoff games.
Worst effort in the big game: The Broncos franchise is now 2-5 in Super Bowls -- and the only team to lose five. The worst Super Bowl blowout ever? The Broncos lost to the 49ers 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV.
Best (and only) halftime show: Bruno Mars, sporting a skinny, old-school tie, was his stylish self, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were, well, red-hot and hopelessly energetic. Still, the performance fell well short of the standard set by U2 in the post-9/11 Super Bowl played in New Orleans. U2 played "Where The Streets Have No Name" while a list of the names of the World Trade Center victims was unfurled.
Best career opportunist: In addition to his memorable interception, Smith had a backbreaking fumble recovery in the third quarter. Cornerback Byron Maxwell punched the ball from the hands of Demaryius Thomas. Smith scooped it up, and it wasn't long before Seattle had a 36-0 lead.
Best non-omen: The Seahawks had zero players who had previously appeared in a Super Bowl, the first team with that number since the 1990 Buffalo Bills. Those Bills, by the way, lost a tough one to the Giants (Scott Norwood, wide right) and went on to lose four consecutive Super Bowls. The Seahawks, obviously, are not students of history.
Worst start (ever): We've seen Peyton Manning check out of so many plays this season that we almost expect it. So when the Broncos' quarterback stepped out of the shotgun formation and moved toward center Manny Ramirez on the first offensive play of the game, it seemed like business as usual. But then Ramirez inexplicably snapped the ball over Manning's head. It sailed into the end zone, and Seattle had a stunning safety -- 12 seconds into the game. It was the fastest score in Super Bowl history and only the ninth safety. The second-fastest? Chicago's Devin Hester took the opening kickoff all the way back in Super Bowl XLI -- against Manning's Indianapolis Colts. Indianapolis, for the record, came back to win that game.
Best dressed: Manning, declining to follow the fashion trend of Michael Jackson, actually wore two gloves, one on each hand. An hour before the game, when he first started throwing, the temperature was 52 degrees. But with a forecast calling for the low 40s (not to mention a modest wind chill), Manning probably didn't want to make a "Bad" decision and change midstream.
Worst dressed: "Broadway" Joe Namath made a pregame sideline appearance wearing an enormous retro 1960s fur coat, which sent Twitter into a tizzy. It was tawny, with white, snowy piping, and it had a hood. See temperature in above item.
Best song: Opera singer Renee Fleming, a superb soprano, offered a stirring rendition of the national anthem. Heading in, the popular over/under was 2 minutes, 30 seconds. Fleming came in with a snappy, sinewy 2 minutes, 2 seconds. The other big pregame question: Would Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno cry during the song? Upon review, it appeared he did not.