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Originally published Monday, February 3, 2014 at 8:59 PM

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The view from Denver

Reaction from Denver reporters to the Super Bowl loss to Seattle:

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This still hurts, stinks

It’s been a day now, and perhaps it’s time for Denverites to take a step back, use some perspective and at least appreciate how far the Broncos came this season. …

No, what am I saying? This still hurts, still stinks and feels like your ex-girlfriend just stepped on your throat with her stiletto, while wearing a Marshawn Lynch jersey and gleefully chomping on Skittles.

Dazed and demoralized

The dazed and demoralizing feeling of getting clobbered from the opening snap will last awhile.

“We played so bad,” said wide receiver Eric Decker. “It doesn’t even feel like we played. I thought we were prepared, we were ready.”

Decker is a good football soldier, a loyal team guy. But the morning after the game, the preparation had to be questioned. The Broncos had two weeks to get ready for Seattle, and the first play of the game the center hikes the ball over the quarterback’s head for a safety? It’s like coming off a timeout and taking a delay-of-game penalty.

Orange crushed again

This one’s for the John.

The Denver Broncos’ 43-8 debacle belongs in the bowl with those 27-10, 39-10, 42-10 and 55-10 fiascos.

Sunday night shall live in ignominy, too.

We’ve seen this four times before. Orange crushed, again, this time by Seattle.

Duck, Peyton

It took Peyton Manning 37 years to build a reputation as the best quarterback in NFL history, and only 12 seconds in the Super Bowl to fumble it away.

Duck, Peyton.

As much as it hurt to be humiliated by a 43-8 loss to Seattle in the Super Bowl, the pain will be nothing compared to the heat Manning will take for flopping on football’s biggest stage. The Broncos were so bad, the sun might be embarrassed to show its face in Colorado.

More like New Jersey mugging

They billed Sunday night’s game at MetLife Stadium as the New York Super Bowl, and that was all wrong.

This was a New Jersey mugging.

The Seahawks beat up the Broncos like the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl was actually played in a Newark alley. The Seattle defense took the ball away four times, and it’s reasonable to assume they took Manning’s wallet.

Manning will be back

Face it; the Broncos will again be the favorites to rule the AFC if Manning returns, and he almost certainly will be back. I believe he will play until he’s physically unable to lead an NFL offense.

He will lead a team that was smacked upside the head while a big chunk of the world was watching.

In Seattle, this game will be celebrated for, oh, the next 150 years or so. In Denver, the details will soon be swept aside. This performance will linger in Manning’s mind, but only as an inspiration to find a path to better days.

—Benjamin Hochman, Denver Post

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