Super Bowl XLVIII Rigged, ‘Currently Under Investigation by NFL’ a Hoax; Super Bowl 48 Not Fixed by Broncos, Peyton Manning


An article that claims Super Bowl 48 was “believed to have been rigged” by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning against the Seattle Seahawks and is under investigation is from a satire news site.

The “report” was published on Huzlers.com, which publishes fake news. It claims that “officials believe the Broncos intentionally lost the championship in exchange for a large amount of money.”

It reads: “Super Bowl referee Terry McAulay told reporters he sensed something strange when he overhead Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning allegedly asking Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll ‘When are you going to pay up?’. McAulay immediately became suspicious and notified other officials and that’s when it all started. The NFL are currently investigating the situation and looking for evidence to prove the game was rigged. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters ‘This is like that Chicago White Sox scandal back in 1919, I can’t believe this, they ruined the sport, I just can’t believe it.’”

According to its disclaimer at the bottom of the page, Huzlers “is a combination of real shocking news and satire news to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.” However, the vast majority–if not all–of the articles on the website are fake.

This Huzlers story offers no sources for its information in the report, and there’s no mainstream media coverage of any rigging during the Super Bowl.

However, that didn’t stop more than 27,000 people from sharing it on Facebook on Monday.

Other fake news stories published by the website include “President Barack Obama Outlaws Twerking,” “JUSTIN BIEBER ESCAPES JAIL AFTER BEING ARRESTED FOR DUI AND ILLEGAL RACING,” and “DNA TEST REVEALS KANYE WEST IS NOT THE FATHER OF NORTH WEST.” None of these articles have any shred of truth to them.

Following the Seattle Seahawks drubbing of the Broncos on Sunday evening, many people on Twitter and Facebook joked that Denver threw the game because they played extremely poorly during the game–committing turnovers and failing to make tackles on defense.

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  • Guest

    Its amazing the amount of nonfactual news articles. This was originally a joke from a satire website. Then “journalists” like yourself take it and assume its real without doing ANY factual research. embarassing

    • guest

      He just told you a fact, about how denver had an amazing season even in the playoffs and every game averaging about 39 points a game and then not being able to score more 8. Then all of a sudden losing by that much when Denver never let up more then 20 points in the season. I find it hard to believe.

      • Harvey

        Believe it or not.

      • John Malin

        Denver lost to Seattle in the pre season 40-10.
        So believe it, they just can’t handle a defense like Seattle’s.

        • Dustin

          Yeah that was pre season before the teams really found out who they are stupid not 16 games later after they both respectively grabbed the number one seed in there conferences.

  • Dylan

    It’s all rumored. You don’t know what you are talking about. I bet you are a mad Broncos fan :)

  • LolaPops

    I can see why some people would believe this…Denver was a very string team all year and they totally froze last night…Very strange…

    • James Allen

      They hadn’t played ONE good defense all year and on that day they faced the best. Peyton has completed passes over 25 yards 7 times this year before the Superbowl…Seattle only had to cover the short ball because Peyton’s crusty old arm can’t get the ball out there. Plus the ball floats on him since he throws ducks and Seattle’s defenders would snatch it.

  • I.G

    Seahawks are good but not that good.

    • Harvey

      Good enough to win the Super Bowl.

    • James Allen

      World Champs son! That means the best this year fool!

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  • Harvey

    The key word here is satire. sheesh

  • Dave Jay

    It was Rigged, HOAX

    • Alec Herold

      Was the pre season game rigged? Seattle 40, Denver 10? I don’t remember any conspiracy theories on that game. You’re obviously a sore loser. 5 point difference than the Super Bowl. Boo hoo….Seattle is the better team. Get over it.

      • Justin Serioulsy Screams

        preseason isn’t pro football, it’s like pro-light.

  • Scott

    They also published an article saying all the players were high for the entire game. It’s all fake. Denver just didn’t show up, and Seattle did. Simple as that.

  • profiler

    I was born with a very special ability to read people in depth. After being around someone for just a few minutes I know pretty much everything about them. Before the game even started I sensed a problem with the Broncos. Their thought patterns were slightly off. Almost like they were drugged, but probably not to the point that they were aware of the fact. Just because something is immediately labeled a conspiracy doesn’t mean it’s not possible.

  • John Malin

    Denver lost to us just like they did in the pre season. They just didn’t come ready to play a defense like Seattle. The article was a fake.

    • Justin

      If you know anything about the NFl you would know the preseason doesn’t Count, it’s just to try out players To See If the team will keep them and to try plays that’s why they DO NOT count for your regular season record…

  • Mike

    I am of the belief that ALL pro-sports are fixed. The super bowl or NBA or baseball champs are all won in a back room with a ton of many changing hands. You see it time and time again, a team that beats everyone else like a drum and then all of a sudden they couldn’t beat a high school team.

  • Justin Serioulsy Screams

    fixed without question. So I’m supposed to believe that Seattle just happened to crack Manning’s hand signals in the first quarter? Riiiiight.

    • James Allen

      You are an idiot. Peyton has completed passes over 25 yards 7 times this year before the Superbowl…Seattle only had to cover the short ball because Peyton’s crusty old arm can’t get the ball out there. Plus the ball floats on him since he throws ducks and Seattle’s defenders would snatch it.

      • Tim Bob

        Make fun of Manning’s arm strength all you want, but he is vastly superior to that overrated joke of a QB known as Russel Wilson.

        • James Allen

          They have the same amount of Super Bowl rings. Peyton is 25% on winning in the Super Bowl while Wilson is 100% and won it in his second season…yeah that is overrated alright.

          • Tim Bob

            Wilson won it behind the league’s top defense, while Manning won it behind the 23rd ranked defense. You are oversimplifying if you think a QB is the only one on the team who makes a difference.

          • James Allen

            It is easy to lie with statistics isn’t it? Funny that we swallow it from the analysts though. By that I mean that you have a point.

  • James Allen

    You are an idiot. Peyton has completed passes over 25 yards 7 times this year before the Superbowl…Seattle only had to cover the short ball because Peyton’s crusty old arm can’t get the ball out there. Plus the ball floats on him since he throws ducks and Seattle’s defenders would snatch it.

  • Timothy Turnstone

    How much money does a Denver Broncos playbook go for the week before a Super Bowl?


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