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NFL morning after: Peyton Manning’s masterpiece

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Football isn’t played any better than Peyton Manning played on Sunday.

In a masterful performance to get his Broncos to the Super Bowl, Manning threw for 400 yards, didn’t turn the ball over and was in complete control of a Broncos offense that New England simply couldn’t stop. He was just about flawless throwing the football.

Manning’s entire career is a testament to hard work, and he said after the game that it was the hard work he put in the week before that made Sunday go so well.

“I prepared hard. We were playing a good football team that was well coached, and I thought we executed our game plan, and that’s what I was focused on all week,” Manning said afterward.

That preparation is the reason that Manning is, in my opinion, the best play caller in the NFL — better even than masters like Saints head coach Sean Payton. Although the Broncos have an offensive coordinator, Adam Gase, the reality is that the offense is run by Manning, who makes the calls at the line of scrimmage. And Manning was a step ahead of Bill Belichick’s defense all day. My favorite call by Manning was actually a handoff: He saw room to run in the middle of the Patriots’ defense on a third-and-10 in the first quarter so he handed off to Knowshon Moreno, who ran through a huge hole for a first down. I also loved the pass Manning called to Jacob Tamme with three minutes left in the fourth quarter, while the Broncos were trying to conserve their lead. Some people would have played it safe and handed off there, but Manning picked up a big first down through the air.

“As always, he did an excellent job reading the defenses and he got us in some situations that were less than ideal with his astute play calling and recognition,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said after the game. “They’re obviously a good football team, a good offensive system, a good quarterback.”

The talk that Manning is a playoff choker should go away now, but that talk has always been overstated. Yes, there have been some playoff games when Manning under-performed, but he’s also had some outstanding playoff outings. Sunday was Manning’s third career playoff game with at least 400 yards, his fifth career playoff game with at least 350 yards and his ninth career playoff game with at least 300 yards. Manning is currently second all-time with 6,309 career postseason passing yards, and if he throws for at least 116 yards in the Super Bowl, he’ll pass Tom Brady for first all time.

Manning was better than Brady on Sunday, but too much is made of the head-to-head competition between those two, mostly because it isn’t a competition at all. Manning wasn’t playing against Brady on Sunday. The competition for Manning is the opposing defense. And this season, from Week One through the AFC Championship Game, Manning has riddled opposing defenses like no other quarterback in NFL history.

Manning was the best player on the field in either game on Sunday. Here are my other thoughts:

Seattle has the best pass defense Manning has faced. This Super Bowl is such a great matchup. Manning is coming off the best season for a quarterback in NFL history, but the Seahawks have by far the best pass defense in the NFL. This year’s Seahawks were just the second team ever in a 16-game season to lead the league in both passing yards allowed and interceptions. The only other team to do it was Tampa Bay in 2002, and those Buccaneers won the Super Bowl. Manning has a tall order against Seattle.

Champ Bailey finally gets to the Super Bowl. Bailey was (along with Tony Gonzalez) perhaps the greatest of all the active players who haven’t been to a Super Bowl. It’s good to see an old pro like Bailey make it at last.

Welker’s hit was legal, but maybe it shouldn’t be. Broncos receiver Wes Welker knocked Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib out of the game by drilling him on a crossing route over the middle. Welker wasn’t flagged, but the NFL should do more to protect players in the position Talib was in: A rule that protects defensive backs who are trailing one receiver from getting hit by another receiver while the ball is in the air would only be fair, after all the rules the NFL has implemented preventing defensive players from hitting receivers.

Aldon Smith is incredible. Smith, the 49ers outside linebacker who started the NFC Championship Game with a strip-sack of Russell Wilson, is one of the most talented pass rushers the NFL has ever seen. I hope he gets his personal issues straightened out, because he should have about a decade of being a great, great football player ahead of him.

Kaepernick is running like no other quarterback, ever. Colin Kaepernick has now rushed for 95 or more yards three times in six career playoff games. All other quarterbacks in NFL history, combined, have rushed for 95 or more yards in the playoffs twice. (Michael Vick did it once and Donovan McNabb did it once.) And how’s this for an amazing stat: Kaepernick and Barry Sanders have each played in six postseason games. Kaepernick has 507 career playoff rushing yards. Sanders had 386 career playoff rushing yards.

The Broncos out-played the Patriots in the trenches. Give Denver’s offensive line a lot of credit for keeping Manning upright (the Patriots barely touched him), and even more credit for opening huge holes on running plays: This was a dominant performance by the offensive line. And give Denver’s defensive line a lot of credit, too. Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, who had been so good the last couple games, had just six yards on five carries thanks to a great effort by Denver up front. For all the talk that we’ll hear over the next two weeks about Manning and Russell Wilson, the team that plays better on the line of scrimmage will probably be the team that wins the Super Bowl.

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  1. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 20, 2014 7:35 AM

    Peyton is the best ever and he continues to prove it.

  2. exnavysub says: Jan 20, 2014 7:39 AM

    Excellent game by Manning and the Broncos. It really seemed like a 30 point win more than 10 point win on the score board. The only time the Pats could do anything was when the Broncos were in prevent mode.

    And hats off to the Denver D for surprising the hell out of me and stepping up. It appeared to me that the Pats werent sure what their game plan was on offense or defense.

    Lets go Manning and the Broncos, take out Seattle.

  3. mrexcite721 says: Jan 20, 2014 7:39 AM

    “Kaepernick is running like no other quarterback, ever.”

    Um . . . see . . . Cunningham. Randall.

    Michael David Smith replies: Cunningham played in 12 postseason games and totaled 273 rushing yards in those games. Kaepernick has played in six postseason games and totaled 507 rushing yards in those games.

  4. rugdaniels says: Jan 20, 2014 7:40 AM

    MDS is correct in saying these games are not really about Manning v. Brady. It’s Manning v. Belichick. Two of the most tireless, innovative, and nimble football minds ever squaring off. It’s great to watch, and I hope we get to see it one or two more times, although that seems unlikely.

  5. bostonian13 says: Jan 20, 2014 7:41 AM

    It’s simple, the broncos did what the Patriots were supposed to do to Manning, they kept Brady off the field. Those constant long drives, stalled and altered the Patriots offensive game plan. Great win for Denver, will be tough against the Seahawks. Fun game.

  6. mn1bjb says: Jan 20, 2014 7:41 AM

    Dear Peyton,

    Please do a little extra film study and go out of your way to make Sherman look silly in the superbowl.

    Sincerely,
    A new Bronco fan

  7. nightofthehipple says: Jan 20, 2014 7:45 AM

    While I like both teams, for me it comes down to John Fox vs. Pete Carroll. To which I give the nod to John Fox, as I feel he is a better coach. He kind of got the shaft from the Panthers, but landed on his feet in Denver where hopefully he will get a Super Bowl victory and some of the credit he deserves.

  8. fanofevilempire says: Jan 20, 2014 7:49 AM

    Sorry Seahawks will stop Denver, that Seahawk defense is ridiculous, they go after the ball and make plays and Peyton has to throw the ball so he will get picked and it will be cold in NYC.

  9. cfballfan1 says: Jan 20, 2014 7:51 AM

    Peyton >Brady – Period.

  10. truthfactory says: Jan 20, 2014 7:53 AM

    So when the Broncos lose to the Pats, the narative is “Brady beats Manning”. But when Manning wins, its that Manning beats the Pats defense??

    Nice double standard there. Seems like because Brady was handing off the ball and managing playoff games 10+ years ago, most media outlets have made him untouchable.

    Its just lazy analysis. It would be like attributing Seattles Superbowl run this year to Wilson. The truth is Wilson is a good young QB on an EXCELLENT team. But history will remember him as a young QB who “led” his team to a Superbowl, when in reality a great team (with Wilson as their QB) made it to the Superbowl.

  11. greeneblitz says: Jan 20, 2014 7:59 AM

    “While I like both teams, for me it comes down to John Fox vs. Pete Carroll. To which I give the nod to John Fox, as I feel he is a better coach. He kind of got the shaft from the Panthers, but landed on his feet in Denver where hopefully he will get a Super Bowl victory and some of the credit he deserves.”

    John Bon Jovi could be coaching the Broncos and they would still be in the Super Bowl, Fox is just lucky to be along for the ride on the Peyton Manning bus.

  12. starderup says: Jan 20, 2014 8:00 AM

    I admire Sherman’s athletic ability, but his complete disdain for everyone else on the planet makes me want to see Seattle get stomped badly in the Super Bowl. I’d especially like to see that corner get lit up a few times.

  13. Youknowimright says: Jan 20, 2014 8:01 AM

    The rub/pick play needs to be looked at in the offseason. It is hard enough to play defense in the nfl with all of the rules already favoring the offense. If you can now just send secondary receivers at dbs like missles to open up other receivers , then the playing field is no longer fair. Defenders need to be protected. I know offense sells commercial time but come on.

  14. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 20, 2014 8:01 AM

    Great game by the Donks all around.

    Also really liked the way the game was called, wish the regular season games were still called that way.

  15. 6ball says: Jan 20, 2014 8:01 AM

    .

    Denver controlled both lines of scrimmage from start to finish and earned the outcome.

    For the Patriots Tom Brady seemed off the whole game. Certainly, some was due to good play by the Broncos defense, however he never seemed to have a rhythm and some throws were plain misfires.

    .

  16. joetoronto says: Jan 20, 2014 8:02 AM

    “Kaepernick is running like no other quarterback, ever. Colin Kaepernick has now rushed for 95 or more yards three times in six career playoff games.”

    And he lost. You need to be able to sit in the pocket and read.

  17. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 20, 2014 8:05 AM

    Peyton is great… but… Denver has such incredible depth at wide receiver.

    Andy Dalton’s #3 receiver (andre caldwell) went to Denver two seasons ago… and… can’t even get on the field.

    2 yards per game in 2012 w/ Peyton
    12 yards per game in 2012 w/ Peyton

    Either Peyton Manning sucks because Dalton got caldwell the ball more for more yards…. OR…. andre caldwell (like marvin jones/mohamed sanu) aren’t legitimate #2 and #3 NFL wide receivers.

    SEE: Bengals owner mike brown

  18. boonevol says: Jan 20, 2014 8:05 AM

    I thought OPI protected defender’s whilst the ball is in the air?

  19. cantonbound13 says: Jan 20, 2014 8:10 AM

    OMAHA!!!

  20. packerbackernj says: Jan 20, 2014 8:12 AM

    Jay Cutler would look like a super star with the blocking Manning got last night. He had all the time in the world. The Pats dline had no answer. On the opposite side, on fourth down, when Logan Mankins whiffed and allowed the free rusher, the game was decided. If the seahawks don’t slaughter the Broncos i’ll be shocked.

  21. raiderufan says: Jan 20, 2014 8:13 AM

    No, another rule is not needed. The reason that play with Welker and Talib sticks out is because it doesn’t happen. No one is sending Wes Welker across the middle to clip off a DB on purpose. It doesn’t happen. You take a WR out of the play, risk injury…any number of things.

    Jumping to throw a rule at anything that looks funny is what’s ruining the game.

  22. ichiganian says: Jan 20, 2014 8:14 AM

    Defenses crowded the box nearly every play with Barry’s Lions, not to mention SF has a far superior offensive line than the Lions had. Interesting stat but apples and oranges.

  23. raiders85 says: Jan 20, 2014 8:14 AM

    Omaha

  24. cuda1234 says: Jan 20, 2014 8:16 AM

    I see all the apologists have broken out the qb rushing stat for Kaep like they did for Tebow because they can’t admit neither qb is any good.

    The reason no qb has ever rushed for that many yards is because no qb is supposed to rush for that many yards, no qb has ever wanted to rush for that many yards, no qb has ever tried to rush for that many yards, no offense has ever been designed for a qb to run for that many yards.

    Accidentally doing something no one has ever wanted or tried to do isn’t all that impressive.

  25. brazzz01 says: Jan 20, 2014 8:18 AM

    The league really needs to do something about fake injuries. I have a hard time believing that all those Broncos were legitimately “hurt” on every play once the Patriots got going on offense.

  26. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk says: Jan 20, 2014 8:23 AM

    Brady might have fallen out of the top 15 QB all time list with that poor performance. Time to retire.

  27. wishingtonredslur says: Jan 20, 2014 8:25 AM

    Super Bowl ain’t in Seattle so the cheat hawks will be handicapped, like special parking spaces, like Sherman’s mom.

  28. matt2calvin says: Jan 20, 2014 8:26 AM

    “Kaepernick is running like no other quarterback, ever.”

    Um . . . see . . . Cunningham. Randall.

    Michael David Smith replies: Cunningham played in 12 postseason games and totaled 273 rushing yards in those games. Kaepernick has played in six postseason games and totaled 507 rushing yards in those games.

    Kaepernick may have the stats, but he doesn’t have the speed or elusive moves. If the other great running QB’s were in the same situation as Kap, they would have had even more yards. Epic Fail…

  29. brazzz01 says: Jan 20, 2014 8:27 AM

    Sherman is a DB….and I don’t just mean defensive back.

  30. marcuswelby1 says: Jan 20, 2014 8:31 AM

    Smithy hit it right on his last paragraph. This game was won in the trenches…and PM was outstanding
    Big Pats fan here, and I feel that they did well to get as far as they did.
    Good luck to the broncos!

  31. ytsejamer1 says: Jan 20, 2014 8:34 AM

    The Broncos played such a flawless game on both sides of the ball. Manning was wonderful and was definitely one or two steps ahead of the Pats defense and coaches all day long.

    The Broncos game plan was brilliant…death by a thousand papercuts. They forced the Pats to do what they stink at on both sides of the ball…defend the pass defensively and throw the ball offensively.

    Congratulations to the Denver fans…

  32. keltictim says: Jan 20, 2014 8:36 AM

    The afc game was a great game. IMO, what it didn’t do was get us any closer to who is better Tom, or Peyton. Peyton has a cast of pro bowl caliber receivers, and while Edelman has outperformed all expectations, he is the only solid receiver Tom had on the field. A quarterback is only as good as his line and his receivers and Tom had neither yesterday. In fact to make it all the way to the AFC championship with all the injuries and the cast of characters Tom had to work with, I would say that says more about his abilities than what Peyton’s performance says about his.

  33. sidk1121 says: Jan 20, 2014 8:47 AM

    There’s no doubt that Manning is one of the top QBs in the league. He has the work ethic, intelligence, and can make the throws but look at the receivers he’s working with–they’re all studs.

    Now look at Brady, who’s also one of the top QBs in the league. He makes plays with subpar receivers and has literally carried the Patriots team with no receiving help and a banged up defense to a championship game.

    While Manning is a superb quarterback, Brady definitely deserves much more credit than he’s given.

  34. flash1283 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:07 AM

    Nice double standard there. Seems like because Brady was handing off the ball and managing playoff games 10+ years ago, most media outlets have made him untouchable.
    .

    So by that same STUPID logic Manning doesn’t get credit for his 1 SB victory. In that playoff run to the SB he had 3 TD’s and 7 Int’s in 3 games. The game vs the Ravens he didn’t run or throw a TD, it was 5 FG’s by AV that put up the 15 points.

    Oh and talk about revisionist history, maybe you should watch the SB vs the Panthers and Eagles again, then tell ups how all he did was “hand off”.

  35. bostonian13 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:10 AM

    The comments on this site are so bipolar and dishonest. Everyone was praising Brady for his wins and comebacks this year, and throw dirt on him once he losses. Praise him as the GOAT after the comeback against the Saints, Broncos and the big win against the Colts but he’s average or “exposed” to losses against the Dolphins, Jets and yesterday to the broncos. Are we really ready to name Peyton as the greatest for making it to the afc championship game after this season? Brady did the same in 07 but lost to the better defensive team. Manning has his work cut out for him against a LEGIT defense, like them or not, the Seahawks will get in Mannings face. Let’s see him win it and maybe another ring before we call him a God. Give Brady his credit where it’s due, THINK about his supporting cast and the season the Pats had this year and where they ultimately lost at and to who at that. Brady and Manning are both Gods, there’s no denying that.

  36. bostonian13 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:18 AM

    Before we call him the GOAT***^^

  37. a969c1 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:20 AM

    So Peyton is only successful because of all the Pro Bowl players around him? Yeah right. I guess those 4 guys would have still had 10 TDs each catching from Gabbert

  38. olcap says: Jan 20, 2014 9:20 AM

    A rule that protects defensive backs who are trailing one receiver from getting hit by another receiver while the ball is in the air would only be fair, after all the rules the NFL has implemented preventing defensive players from hitting receivers.

    Are you kidding me? A move such as you suggest would serve to only accelerate the decline of this once great game into nothing more than a staged spectacle. You are suggesting outlawing the common blocking of an opposing player!

    Anyway, this game will be one of the best Superbowls ever. It is a great match-up of teams, and I think, the two best teams made it to the game.

    I’ve got to give the edge to Peyton and the Broncos, but I won’t count Seattle out of having a great chance to be world champs either. Can’t wait to watch the game!

  39. dualprime says: Jan 20, 2014 9:23 AM

    The league really needs to do something about fake injuries. I have a hard time believing that all those Broncos were legitimately “hurt” on every play once the Patriots got going on offense.
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    Don’t recall when the Pats got going on offense!

  40. bunkerhillbob says: Jan 20, 2014 9:30 AM

    Denver played a pretty flawless game and proved to me that they are much better than I thought they were. They dominated the Patriots like nobody did, all season long. Congratulations on a great win and, I hope you make the AFC proud in two weeks. Not a Manning fan, but I wouldn’t mind seeing him burn that loud-mouth, Sherman, once or twice. Too bad, because I love that QB for Seattle and wish him well, too.

  41. pats1293 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:32 AM

    Brady might have fallen out of the top 15 QB all time list with that poor performance. Time to retire.
    ____________________________________
    Asterik Guy- We are all tired of hearing you complain about the Patriots. No doubt about the Broncos beat the Patrios. They were the better team and congrats to them and their fans. But why are you bashing them? Who are you a fan of? The Steelers? The Colts? The Jets? All coaches including Cowher has come out and they said they did what Belichick did. Get over your issues with them. Honestly you wish your team was the Patriots, because they have been the most successful team since the cap was initiated the Cap. Brady and Belichick have won the most super bowls, conference titles, division titles, and wins since 2001. So instead of bashing them why don’t you try just cheering on your team. Again Congrats Broncos great win yesterday.

  42. vcupats says: Jan 20, 2014 9:36 AM

    If Peyton loses the Super Bowl he will still be haunted by the cold weather ghosts and oh BTW will have set another record for most losses in NFL playoff history. On the other hand he will have conquered said ghosts and QB’d a second team to a championship, an NFL first. The 2013 Denver Broncos will either be heralded as the undisputed greatest offense in history or another Big Game disappointment a la the 2001 Rams or 2007 Pats. Quite a lot riding on the outcome of this game.

  43. killebrew21 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:43 AM

    I actually watched the game, and I’ve seen WAY better games by Manning and most any other QB in the NFL. Far from a masterpiece. He did make some good throws and does have a great supporting cast. I hope Denver wins it all this time. But, to call it a Masterpiece is an insult to Peyton.

  44. brazzz01 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:45 AM

    dualprime says: Jan 20, 2014 9:23 AM

    The league really needs to do something about fake injuries. I have a hard time believing that all those Broncos were legitimately “hurt” on every play once the Patriots got going on offense.
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    Don’t recall when the Pats got going on offense!

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    Gotta admit… eating some crow today after bagging on him with you about his playoff track record. Outclassed both SD and NE – didn’t think he would but he did.

    If he can win a ring I hope it’s because he takes Dick Sherman to school again and again in the game.

  45. hehateme2 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:54 AM

    Manning OWNED the pats.

    Not even close.

  46. brazzz01 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:57 AM

    So by that same STUPID logic Manning doesn’t get credit for his 1 SB victory. In that playoff run to the SB he had 3 TD’s and 7 Int’s in 3 games. The game vs the Ravens he didn’t run or throw a TD, it was 5 FG’s by AV that put up the 15 points.

    Oh and talk about revisionist history, maybe you should watch the SB vs the Panthers and Eagles again, then tell ups how all he did was “hand off”.

    ———

    The bottom line is the Pats have not had a defense worthy of any opponent’s respect since 2004. That is also the last season they won a SB. Coincidence? Nah.

    If Brady is going to win one last ring he’s going to need weapons AND a defense. He won’t win one by himself.

  47. winstonjed44 says: Jan 20, 2014 10:14 AM

    Will Brady ever be questioned for his playoff disappointments? Why does he never face the same scrutiny that Peyton faces? Sure he started off 10-0 in the playoffs when he had a great defense and was more of a game manager. But he is 8-8 since, he played struggled yesterday, and struggled against the Ravens last two years in the AFC champ. game, just to name a few.

  48. vadertime says: Jan 20, 2014 11:01 AM

    Peyton Manning and his Broncos dominated the Patriots completely for the first 3 quarters. The Seattle-SF game was the more exciting game with a nail-biting finish. The #1 offense meets the #1 defense in the Superbowl. It should be an awesome performance and I hope Peyton gets his second ring.

  49. joetoronto says: Jan 20, 2014 11:08 AM

    winstonjed44 says:
    Jan 20, 2014 10:14 AM
    Will Brady ever be questioned for his playoff disappointments? Why does he never face the same scrutiny that Peyton faces? Sure he started off 10-0 in the playoffs when he had a great defense and was more of a game manager. But he is 8-8 since, he played struggled yesterday, and struggled against the Ravens last two years in the AFC champ. game, just to name a few.
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    Brady doesn’t have the weapons and O-line Manning does and besides, Brady has won 3 Super Bowls.

    He’s 2nd only to the greatest ever, Joe Montana.

  50. dualprime says: Jan 20, 2014 11:31 AM

    If he can win a ring I hope it’s because he takes Dick Sherman to school again and again in the game.
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    I’m not for dirty play but a pick on Sherman might make me a hypocrite!

  51. winstonjed44 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:59 AM

    Brady doesn’t have the weapons and O-line Manning does and besides, Brady has won 3 Super Bowls.

    He’s 2nd only to the greatest ever, Joe Montana.

    Peyton never played with the type of defenses that Brady had when they won those 3 SBs. Brady gets all the credit for winning the 3 SBs even though those teams were built around defense, yet gets no blame for coming up short, and people cite the lack of weapons or call it a team loss. However Peyton gets all of the blame, and labeled a choker, and any reason given is just an excuse. If his defense stinks, it’s still his fault.

  52. pipkinite says: Jan 20, 2014 12:09 PM

    I agree that Sherman’s comments were immature and spoken without much thought given. Most of the comments here aimed at hoping the seahawks lose the Super Bowl because of him seem to be just as inappropriate though. There were two young men on the field running their mouths, one outplayed the other to win the game and in his excitement he let his mouth do the thinking for him. Yeah his personality is harsh, but the entire team doesn’t reflect this one very young (Super Bowl bound) cornerback’s opinion. Especially Wilson, who I’ve seen so often at children’s hospital.

    If you don’t like the seahawks now, you probably didn’t before – so stop blaming one player.

    Go Hawks!

  53. mrexcite721 says: Jan 20, 2014 12:09 PM

    Hey, MDS, well played sir . . . well played!!

  54. propertyofthebroncos says: Jan 20, 2014 12:51 PM

    Ah it feels GREAT to get to sit back and laugh at everyone who kept saying we couldn’t do it, that Manning would choke, etc. etc. We not only beat the Pats-we dominated them the entire game! Having been a Broncos fan my entire life, I love having the opportuinity to be back at the top after going through the likes of Brian Griese, Chris Simms, Jake Plummer, Jay Cutler, etc. Not sure if Manning will stick around if we win in February, but if he doesn’t we will lose a lot of the “fans” posting on here.

  55. rsoandb says: Jan 20, 2014 1:25 PM

    Denverite and Bronco maniac here. I and all Broncos fans appreciate the sportsmanship and congrats from the Pats fans who have commented. Honestly, I and many others here were nervous about this game, as the Pats and especially Tom seem to come through when it counts. You’ve been fortunate to have such a fabulous coach, QB, and team for many years.

  56. Tom in Desoto, TX says: Jan 20, 2014 5:17 PM

    The big question is – Will Peyton retire if he wins the S.B. ? How many times do you believe he’ll be asked that? more/less than 50,000…stay tuned.

  57. skinsgal4life says: Jan 20, 2014 8:43 PM

    Sherman may be good, but he’s a punk. I hope Peyton makes a fool of him in the Super Bowl. I was rooting for the Seahawks until Sherman behaved as he did. Go Broncos!

  58. salutethis says: Jan 21, 2014 5:24 AM

    Go Broncos! This has been a crazy year and it’s almost over. There is one more game to win! I’m glad Seattle has a tough D and is a team everybody expected to be there. This way if Denver wins there can be no doubt! I’m not the biggest Sherman fan and really not a Pete Carroll fan. But I like Russell Wilson and know a couple of long time Seahawks fans who are due…( They got robbed in their last super bowl…) Denver is gonna win this thing… But I think its great that we have a pair of teams that I am happy for both outcomes!

  59. massfootballfan says: Jan 21, 2014 10:40 AM

    Before they go and erect the throne for “King Peyton”, I would hardly call carving the Patriots second team defense for a 10 point win a masterpiece.
    With no sacks and 3 hurries for 43 attempts, I am thoroughly disappointed in my team’s performance and they were well outplayed on both sides of the ball for the entire game.
    If he can carve up the Seattle defense, that would be defined as a “masterpiece”.

  60. donchacho says: Jan 21, 2014 9:49 PM

    Why do people keep saying Brady carried this team? He played like garbage on Sunday and he was average all season. Their success is all about bills coaching and getting the best out of his guys. Who’s Julius Thomas? Or even decker? They would be competent on any other team, but manning makes em above average. I’m so sick of the whining about Brady’s lack of weapons, who’s fault is that? If manning had Dobson Edelman and thompkins he’d make em pro bowlers. Russell Wilson had a similar season to Brady, he did enough to help his team win and didn’t make major mistakes. I don’t hear anyone talking about him carrying the team, but Brady gets different treatment for some bizarre reason.

  61. phillycannon says: Feb 7, 2014 3:27 PM

    43-8 lol

  62. johnsonjjohnson says: Feb 10, 2014 6:09 PM

    PM is a playoff and superbowl choke artist
    His brother plays his best in the biggest moments. Big Ben plays his best in the biggest moments.
    Those two guys are better than PM as is Kurt Warner.
    PM is more in the category of Dan Marino and John Elway. Both of those guys were good QB’s but choked in the BIG games
    Marino had a losing record on playoffs and SB’s just like John Elway.
    Elway wouldn’t have won any super bowls without Terrel Davis
    PM would be 0 for 3 if he didn’t luck out and play the absolute worst SB quarter back in history.
    Oh By; The Way: PM is the second worst QB in the history of the NFL
    He also has a 2 to 1 losing record in the playoffs
    Montana and Brady are the best ever.
    Brady will probably go down as the best since he won three out of 5 in the free agency era

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