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Peyton told Belichick, “This might be my last rodeo”

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As Peyton Manning and Bill Belichick embraced after the AFC Championship Game, Manning acknowledged that it may have been the last time the two of them competed against each other.

Although both Manning and Belichick declined to go into specifics about what was said, NFL Network captured the audio of Manning’s half of the conversation.

“Hey, listen, this might be my last rodeo. So, it sure has been a pleasure,” Manning told Belichick.

That echoes what Manning said at the end of the regular season. He’s not ready to say he’s definitely retiring, but he sure does sound like he’s leaning toward walking away after Super Bowl 50.

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  1. TedHurtz says: Jan 26, 2016 10:52 AM

    Well, now that the script has been validated, i guess we all know the Panthers will need to beat the donkeys AND the refs.
    What a joke. Donkeys dont even belong in the game.

  2. ajwill729 says: Jan 26, 2016 10:54 AM

    If he wins SB 50 he’s obviously retiring. Can’t do any better than going out as champion with almost every season and single season record.

  3. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says: Jan 26, 2016 10:54 AM

    If it is I have mad respect for 18 and all he has done…..They beat Pats and where the better team Sunday……Go Patriots

  4. cmj0121 says: Jan 26, 2016 10:55 AM

    Peyton told Belichick who was carrying a Broncos playbook, “This might be my last rodeo”

  5. collectordude says: Jan 26, 2016 10:56 AM

    If he does retire, so be it.
    Hats off to a great QB.

  6. charliecharger says: Jan 26, 2016 10:57 AM

    Manning is going to lead the Broncos to a blowout win in the super bowl, and ride off into the sunset. This will be the most memorable super bowl in history.

  7. bigbeefyd says: Jan 26, 2016 10:57 AM

    ********************
    Well, now that the script has been validated, i guess we all know the Panthers will need to beat the donkeys AND the refs.
    What a joke. Donkeys dont even belong in the game.
    ********************

    Yeah, the number 1 defense in the league, and the number 1 seed in the AFC, clearly have no place in the Super Bowl. Especially after winning the conference championship.

  8. solo681 says: Jan 26, 2016 10:57 AM

    Now we know why BB decided to go for it twice on 4th down instead of taking the obvious easy points and putting the Patriots within a win with just a field goal.

  9. headwoundharry says: Jan 26, 2016 10:58 AM

    Well, now that the script has been validated, i guess we all know the Panthers will need to beat the donkeys AND the refs.
    What a joke. Donkeys dont even belong in the game.
    _____________________________________
    but your team does (belong in the playoffs). Right amiga?

  10. nhpats says: Jan 26, 2016 10:59 AM

    The BB/Brady vs. Manning match-ups over the past 15 seasons have produced some of the best games ever played. Even the 06 AFCCG loss that Peyton layed on the Pats was a classic. I an just glad I was fortunate enough to be around to see these guys compete.

  11. dohczeppelin says: Jan 26, 2016 11:01 AM

    Panthers are definitely the favorites here, but man, it would just be so legendary to see the Manning of old come out one last time and light everyone up, retiring in a blaze of glory and silencing the haters who doubted him one last time.

  12. rollotomasi14 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:02 AM

    Another embarrassing loss in the SB coming.

  13. pamperpro says: Jan 26, 2016 11:03 AM

    He then said ” we’re off to the glue factory “.

  14. zombiepatriot says: Jan 26, 2016 11:03 AM

    One last Super Bowl loss before heading to retirement.

    One last Manning pouty face before heading to retirement.

    I’ll give Manning credit for one thing this year…

    It is the year when he finally left some money on the table allowing the team to spend more in other areas. They made the Super Bowl thanks to the dominant defense it allowed unlike past years where he could only carry them so far while maximizing his personal percentage of the salary cap.

    It’s been great watching him play over the years and as with any great player one hopes those who constantly detract can once step back and appreciate what he was able to do over his career instead of making snide little petty comments on message boards.

  15. solo681 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:04 AM

    Peyton told Belichick, “THANK YOU for throwing the game with those two 4th down blunders.”

    Belichick whispered back “Not interested in seeing Brady on his back in the SB with this sheety OLine.”

  16. silverhornet says: Jan 26, 2016 11:06 AM

    He was obviously referring to his last season playing for a team with a horse as it’s mascot (Colts/Broncos). No more rodeos if there are no more horse centric teams left.

  17. 12444uggg says: Jan 26, 2016 11:07 AM

    This should surprise no one. Tell the D to keep the dabbing to a minimum, don’t turn the ball over and 18 has a punchers chance.

  18. themiamidolphins says: Jan 26, 2016 11:07 AM

    Gotta love the media and the NFL Network.

    Peyton and Belichick share a hug after a tough game and decline to discuss what was said.

    But there’s audio! Nothing they can do about it now!

  19. theninerlover says: Jan 26, 2016 11:07 AM

    No ill will to Peyton and wish him luck in the big game….But I’ll be happy to see the end of his Omaha yelling and foot stomping

  20. pantherfan1973299 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:08 AM

    Lol oh no, Carolina is the villain! I’m sorry Payton, i never thought it would end this way😦

  21. charger383 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:10 AM

    Broncos win. Payton retires, Bill hires him as ast coach, Brady gets hurt in playoffs and Manning takes field again and leads Patriots to another Super Bowel win

  22. gah05 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:10 AM

    Win or lose, Manning has his place in NFL history & Hall of Fame. Thanks for the memories Peyton!

  23. stopthehate15bowdown says: Jan 26, 2016 11:10 AM

    @ Ted’sbutthurtz

    Looks like the Panthers are already building up their excuses for this loss. Steelers fans called us a joke…LOSS! Patriots fans called us a joke… LOSS! Cam won’t think it’s a joke when Von and Co. smack that smile off his pretty face! Jokes on you haters!

  24. themiamidolphins says: Jan 26, 2016 11:11 AM

    It’s hard to separate Brady and Manning in my opinion. I don’t know how I would order it, but they are definitely the top two QB’s of all time.

    Brady has the rings, but I wonder how many Peyton would have won had he been coached by Belichick, who in my mind is the greatest of all time.

    Regardless, this Dolphins fan is going to miss them both. I have tremendous respect for them.

  25. arz9278 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:11 AM

    It would be nice to see Peyton win the Superbowl and retire on the highest note.

  26. patslovecheating says: Jan 26, 2016 11:11 AM

    dont underestimate old man football IQ. Thanks for keeping the Pats out of the Super Bowl.

  27. xavier179 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:12 AM

    I among millions hope it is.

  28. bondlake says: Jan 26, 2016 11:13 AM

    Why is there any mean-spirited postings about Manning? The guy appears at post game news conferences with a suit and tie, is respectful, never gets into trouble and is classy in all respects. We have witnessed one of the all time great QB’s in the game. For those of you who berate the man, shame on you!

  29. justintuckrule says: Jan 26, 2016 11:13 AM

    No stopping Peyton. He’s on tour with beating the most unlikeable teams in the NFL this playoffs season.

  30. TedHurtz says: Jan 26, 2016 11:15 AM

    but your team does (belong in the playoffs). Right amiga?
    ——————————————————
    Nope. My team sucks and doesnt belong in the big game. see, i can admit that.
    when will you admit that the donks dont belong, “amiga”?

    probably after the game when its 48-3 with 4 pick 6’s and 10 manning sacks.

  31. cornerstone2001 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:17 AM

    Most over-rated QBin history. Now playing the Trent Dilfer role on a team with a ravens like defense

  32. jag1959 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:18 AM

    If it is then he has had a helluva run and I am happy for him that he will end it on the field and not the bench. Having his career come to an end with another chance at a ring is the least the football gods could do for a player that has served them so well

  33. mmack66 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:18 AM

    justintuckrule says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:13 AM

    No stopping Peyton. He’s on tour with beating the most unlikeable teams in the NFL this playoffs season.
    ————————–

    I guess all that is left is for them to beat themselves.

  34. cornerstone2001 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:18 AM

    Joe Montana is the greatest and it’s not even close

  35. patsrthegreatest says: Jan 26, 2016 11:19 AM

    Hats off to a legend, that’s a guy you can root for right there. If he comes back, maybe he’ll get a chance to play for a team that doesn’t need to violate salary cap rules or pump in artificial noise. Utmost respect for #18, but can’t say the same about either organization he’s ever played for

  36. canetic says: Jan 26, 2016 11:20 AM

    Omaha!

  37. bullcharger says: Jan 26, 2016 11:20 AM

    All class.

  38. moverb says: Jan 26, 2016 11:22 AM

    Well, now that the script has been validated, i guess we all know the Panthers will need to beat the donkeys AND the refs.
    What a joke. Donkeys dont even belong in the game.

    ——————————————————————-
    Really? Who should be there from the AFC?

  39. zillabeast says: Jan 26, 2016 11:23 AM

    There’s tape out there on how to put a stop to Cameron Newton, and it’s from the 49ers’ playoff win in Charlotte three years ago. Denver has the personnel, all they need to do is not turn it over and control the clock.

  40. bullcharger says: Jan 26, 2016 11:24 AM

    cornerstone2001 says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:18 AM

    Joe Montana is the greatest and it’s not even close

    ————

    I guess that’s why Montana lost 3 championship games and missed the playoffs so many times.

    4-0 in Super Bowls is a meaningless stat. He only made it 4 times and the real Super Bowl was almost always the Championship game a few weeks prior.

    Montana was great, but it certainly is close between him and Brady and I think Brady has done enough already to move past Montana.

    If you are stats guy, then Manning is the best ever and Montana can’t hold a candle to that.

  41. terripet says: Jan 26, 2016 11:24 AM

    Manning brothers 5-1 against Brady in championship games and super bowls

  42. tdubdizzle says: Jan 26, 2016 11:24 AM

    You sure Bill didn’t say it to Manning?

  43. padronebradfather says: Jan 26, 2016 11:28 AM

    a sincere kudos to Patriots fans who are being classy. As for those who are not, go take a long walk off of a short pier. The Broncos beat you fair and square. When’s the last time anyone can honestly say that about a Patriots win in the postseason?

  44. solo681 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:28 AM

    Joe Montana is the greatest and it’s not even close to the TRUTH.

  45. Rdog says: Jan 26, 2016 11:28 AM

    I don’t understand all the hate toward Peyton Manning. He’s been so good for so many years. He doesn’t do anything that would make him unlikeable to opposing fans, other than beating every team consistently. He deserves another Super Bowl. What an ending it would be if he won it against the Carolina Dancers and rode off into the sunset…

  46. oddte says: Jan 26, 2016 11:30 AM

    cornerstone2001 says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:18 AM
    Joe Montana is the greatest and it’s not even close

    _________________________

    Hogwash. I love Montana but Brady has been doing it for 15 years during the salary cap era. 22 wins in the playoffs vs. Joe’s 16, and he could wind up with over 25 by the time it’s all said and done.

  47. woodbridgekid73 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:30 AM

    If Peyton helicopters into the endzone, deja vu confirmed.

  48. bullcharger says: Jan 26, 2016 11:30 AM

    As much as I really can’t stomach the Bronco’s winning the Super Bowl, I would be fine for Manning to go out with a Super Bowl win. Would be a great way to end a great career.

    If he can’t go out with a win, I hope it’s a great game for his sake and Denver stays in it until the end.

    A blow out loss would be a very difficult way to go out and maybe we could see him in LA if that happens.

  49. mheader says: Jan 26, 2016 11:32 AM

    What will Jim Nantz do without his best friend Peyton?

    Actually, maybe Peyton could replace Phil……

  50. nodindenver says: Jan 26, 2016 11:34 AM

    Keep on doubting; we like it that way. Win or lose, 30 other teams/fan bases are looking at possible draft picks. This year has been a heck of a ride and a lot of fun.

    Signed, Broncos Fans

  51. joker65 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:34 AM

    Looks like the Panthers are already building up their excuses for this loss. Steelers fans called us a joke…LOSS! Patriots fans called us a joke… LOSS! Cam won’t think it’s a joke when Von and Co. smack that smile off his pretty face! Jokes on you haters
    ____

    Keep underestimating Cam, I hope your team does too.

  52. milehighmagik7 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:35 AM

    Wouldn’t be the first time a legendary QB on the Broncos went in the SB as an underdog and cane out champion and rode off into the sunset. Haters hate cause they never had him and couldn’t beat him. Much the same way I often feel towards Brady. I hate cause he’s gr8 and not on my team. The difference is I have mad respect for Brady and every team that Bill has put together and whenever they hang it up fans of other teams will rejoice but at the same time if you cant put your hatred aside to know you were privy to and may never see a QB or team like that again for a long time then your not a true NFL fan. Respect to the Pats and Brady at least from this Bronco fan

  53. bullcharger says: Jan 26, 2016 11:35 AM

    Rdog says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:28 AM

    I don’t understand all the hate toward Peyton Manning. He’s been so good for so many years. He doesn’t do anything that would make him unlikeable to opposing fans, other than beating every team consistently. He deserves another Super Bowl. What an ending it would be if he won it against the Carolina Dancers and rode off into the sunset…

    ——–

    I agree with that totally. Even for us Patriots/Brady fans, the rivalry and the comparisons have made it really great over the last 15 years.

    In golf it’s like Nicklaus vs. Watson, or in Basketball Bird vs. Magic.

    If one got the better of the other all the time it wouldn’t be any good at all.

  54. mmack66 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:36 AM

    solo681 says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:28 AM

    Joe Montana is the greatest and it’s not even close to the TRUTH.
    ——————–

    Huh? Which one is it?

  55. publikwerks says: Jan 26, 2016 11:37 AM

    Peyton should be a coach.

    Heck, he could go HC for the Giants. Great possibility for lulz there.

  56. jag1959 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:37 AM

    cornerstone2001 says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:18 AM
    Joe Montana is the greatest and it’s not even close
    ______________________

    It is a fool’s errand to compare QB’s from different eras. It is hard enough comparing and contrasting players in the salary cap era to each other never mind comparing them with players from before it. What would Montana have done in an era when defensive backs were handcuffed and no one could breathe on a QB but the team around him was constantly changing? What might Manning/Brady have done with a consistent All Pro cast around them but facing defenses that were built the same way? It is impossible to give a credible answer but then this is the internet where facts and credibility count for as much as they do at 345 Park Ave.

  57. steelerben says: Jan 26, 2016 11:37 AM

    cornerstone2001 says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:18 AM
    Joe Montana is the greatest and it’s not even close

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The “greatest of all time” is up for debate depending on what you use as criteria for the judgement. Marino, Manning, Brady, Elway, Montana, Unitas, and Graham all can make a legitimate claim to GOAT.

  58. mathprof84 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:41 AM

    a sincere kudos to Patriots fans who are being classy. As for those who are not, go take a long walk off of a short pier. The Broncos beat you fair and square. When’s the last time anyone can honestly say that about a Patriots win in the postseason?
    =========
    Um…that would be last week. And before that it would be the Super Bowl. And before that it would be last year’s AFC championship……

  59. bullcharger says: Jan 26, 2016 11:42 AM

    stopthehate15bowdown says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:10 AM

    @ Ted’sbutthurtz

    Looks like the Panthers are already building up their excuses for this loss. Steelers fans called us a joke…LOSS! Patriots fans called us a joke… LOSS! Cam won’t think it’s a joke when Von and Co. smack that smile off his pretty face! Jokes on you haters!

    ————

    Let’s be a little realistic and acknowledge that Cam and the Panthers have been the best team all year. Losing that one game probably helped them to be loose for the playoffs too as it killed all the undefeated talk.

    They just beat Seattle and Arizona pretty easily, who were both excellent teams.

    They have a very good running game and deep passing game and it’s a totally different animal then defending a Patriots team that could not run the ball.

    The Carolina offense is designed to break down a defense like Seattle’s. It’s not going to be easy.

    Not saying Denver can’t do it. Just saying that Carolina are the best team they have faced by far.

  60. randomguy9999 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:42 AM

    TedHurtz says:

    Well, now that the script has been validated, i guess we all know the Panthers will need to beat the donkeys AND the refs.
    What a joke. Donkeys dont even belong in the game.

    —————————————————————-

    1st seed, AFC champions, undoubtedly the most experienced and intelligent QB to ever play the game… they definitely deserve to be there and we’ve got a top flight SB for a change

    Monster Ds on both sides, so it comes down to Peyton’s last Rodeo when he’s at the top of his game vs. Newton

    what I can’t stop thinking about is Cam doing his ‘we’ve won it’s all over’ jumping jacks routine with 11 minutes to play up by 3 TDs when only 7 days before they very nearly got taken out by that immaturity and giving up 4 TDs in the last 8 minutes.

    Peyton, experience, intelligence and maturity is going to win this one over raw talent and immaturity

    Broncos by 4

  61. bradygirl12 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:43 AM

    Hats off to Manning if he does win the SB. No,Patriots fans will not kill themselves over it ,as one poster said. It’s just amazing the way the media has coddled him,even when his actions have been questionable,yet Brady has been ripped apart for something that showed no proof of happening. He is still the GOAT,even if Manning “game manages” the Broncos to a Lombardi trophy. The pundits now compare him to Elway,which I would consider to be an insult.

  62. moonriver22 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:45 AM

    If this is true, I’m disgusted with the NFL Network. It’s not surprising, because they’ve managed to assemble the most illiterate group of morons ever (with the exception of Kurt Warner). But have a little class. It was a private convo.

  63. bullcharger says: Jan 26, 2016 11:45 AM

    steelerben says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:37 AM

    cornerstone2001 says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:18 AM
    Joe Montana is the greatest and it’s not even close

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The “greatest of all time” is up for debate depending on what you use as criteria for the judgement. Marino, Manning, Brady, Elway, Montana, Unitas, and Graham all can make a legitimate claim to GOAT.

    —————

    Brady still on the search for that 5th ring. With the likes of Cam Newton becoming elite, it may prove to be impossible, but if he ever gets it, that would set him apart enough that it would be hard to argue.

  64. ninerfan81 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:45 AM

    It should be

  65. sidelinecameraman says: Jan 26, 2016 11:46 AM

    My only dislike from Manning is the commercials. I know it’s stupid and he probably making an insane amount off of them(hats off to him on that). That being said if the Broncos O-line doesnt protect him they are in trouble. The Pats D gave them fits, I can’t imagine what the Carolina D is going to do.
    Go Pats!

  66. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 26, 2016 11:48 AM

    terripet says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:24 AM
    Manning brothers 5-1 against Brady in championship games and super bowls
    ——————————-

    Another pointless declarative statement. Lets all play, here’s mine:
    Tom Brady and his brother have more rings than the Manning brothers and Brady doesn’t even have a brother.
    Peyton Manning has been a great player and it has been a pleasure watching him. Why on Earth does everything always have to be a negative?
    A little respect goes a long way

  67. dejc421 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:48 AM

    bondlake says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:13 AM

    Why is there any mean-spirited postings about Manning? The guy appears at post game news conferences with a suit and tie, is respectful, never gets into trouble and is classy in all respects. We have witnessed one of the all time great QB’s in the game. For those of you who berate the man, shame on you!
    _________________
    Because haters have no knowledge of the game … The entire Manning family is nothing but class, both he and Brady have been the face of the league for a generation of fans and represent it with class in addition to being two of the best of all time … Whats to like ?

  68. mmack66 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:52 AM

    randomguy9999 says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:42 AM

    Peyton, experience, intelligence and maturity is going to win this one over raw talent and immaturity

    Broncos by 4
    ————-

    Where was that experience, intelligence, and maturity 2 Super Bowls ago?

    Did you see that game?

  69. patsrule59 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:53 AM

    @Ted Hurtz,

    I was thinking the same thing. In fact, I was thinking that even back in November when the refs stole that game in Denver from the Pats.

    You just know that the league wants Manning to go out a champ. If the Panthers expect to win they had better dominate and keep it a two score game. If it gets to the end and it’s a one score game, then expect some kind of hideous call (most likely a phantom defensive holding or interference call) to hand the game to Denver.

  70. roadtrip3500 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:55 AM

    If Archie’s kid and the new Orange Crush defense pull it off and win SB50, you can be sure that after the game, John Elway will announce the immediate trade of Peyton Manning to the Canton Yellow Jackets. That’s how number 7 called it a career… makes perfect sense that number 18 should sign off the same way.

  71. tajuara says: Jan 26, 2016 11:57 AM

    Well, now that the script has been validated, i guess we all know the Panthers will need to beat the donkeys AND the refs.
    What a joke. Donkeys dont even belong in the game.

    ———————————————

    We will see after the SB. RIP Panthers Nation September 2015-February 2016

  72. steelbreeze676 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:57 AM

    As a Patriots fan, Peyton is one of the best ever. What else needs to be said?

  73. tajuara says: Jan 26, 2016 11:59 AM

    The NFC Divisional game Panthers Vs Seahawks was the SB

    -Richard “The mouth” Sherman

  74. richndc says: Jan 26, 2016 11:59 AM

    Check this know-it-all Patsies. What does it really say about your team that you could not beat a Peyton Manning (according to you all, a perennial choke artist in the post season) at 50%. I thought your team and Tom Brady were the best ever, unstoppable? Injuries? Please, show me one team who did not have terrible injuries all around. No excuses, YOU are now the overhyped crap team!!! Live with it crybabies.

  75. bradygirl12 says: Jan 26, 2016 12:00 PM

    Look at what Carolina did to Arizona. They will do the same to Denver.

  76. scottbiggie says: Jan 26, 2016 12:09 PM

    How lucky is Peyton that he faced Grossman in one of the Super Bowls? He would have been “0 for” and been known as the worst clutch guy in the history of sports

  77. jclark6528 says: Jan 26, 2016 12:11 PM

    Look out Carolina….the last time the NFL sank their teeth into one of these “final season” stories was Jerome Bettis……ask the Seahawks how that worked out……great stories seem to influence the stripes….haha.

  78. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Jan 26, 2016 12:15 PM

    charliecharger says:
    Jan 26, 2016 10:57 AM

    Manning is going to lead the Broncos to a blowout win in the super bowl, and ride off into the sunset. This will be the most memorable super bowl in history.
    —————————————————————-
    Somebody has not been watching The NFC playoffs…
    Broncos stand NO CHANCE against The Panthers. This will be a blowout, that’s true but it’s going to be Panthers blowing out Denver. This will be like The Seahawks vs Broncos Superbowl. The game will be over by halftime. Panthers win this by 28+ points

  79. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 26, 2016 12:16 PM

    patsrule59
    Jan 26, 2016, 11:53 AM EST
    @Ted Hurtz,

    I was thinking the same thing. In fact, I was thinking that even back in November when the refs stole that game in Denver from the Pats.

    You just know that the league wants Manning to go out a champ. If the Panthers expect to win they had better dominate and keep it a two score game. If it gets to the end and it’s a one score game, then expect some kind of hideous call (most likely a phantom defensive holding or interference call) to hand the game to Denver.

    That’s a great fairy tale that matches deflate gate but ironic coming from a Pats fan. Grow up and accept the loss like a man should . The Broncos defense was better prepared and executed their game plan knowing Brady hates to get hit and boy did they hit the sissy stupid. Haven’t enjoyed watching a legal assault in quite sometime.

    Funny so many Pats experts said Wades defense wouldn’t stop theCheaties… Once again they were very wrong…. Sweeeeeeet.

  80. mmack66 says: Jan 26, 2016 12:17 PM

    richndc says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:59 AM

    No excuses, YOU are now the overhyped crap team!!! Live with it crybabies.
    ————————–

    The Patriots are the reigning Super Bowl champions, and came really close to tying the AFCCG at the end.

    I wish my team was an “over(-)hyped crap team” like the Patriots.

  81. inbillwetrust says: Jan 26, 2016 12:20 PM

    Imagine having the greatest qb of all time and the greatest tight end of all time and the greatest coach of all time on the same team at the same time!

  82. tajuara says: Jan 26, 2016 12:21 PM

    How lucky is Peyton that he faced Grossman in one of the Super Bowls? He would have been “0 for” and been known as the worst clutch guy in the history of sports

    ——————————————————-

    Yes, the Colts didn’t beat the Patriots that year, and the Bears were invited to play the SB.

  83. abninf says: Jan 26, 2016 12:24 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:24 AM

    Montana was great, but it certainly is close between him and Brady and I think Brady has done enough already to move past Montana.

    If you are stats guy, then Manning is the best ever and Montana can’t hold a candle to that.
    =======================================

    You can’t compare to Montana. He didn’t play in the era with all the rules protecting quarterbacks and receivers.

  84. twomadmapper says: Jan 26, 2016 12:24 PM

    This will be a good game, both #1 seeds…

    However, Carolina is truly the more dominant team… Having watched both games Sunday, Carolina is certain to lay down a whopping on Denver… That’s just a fact….

    But we know that Peyton’s swan song is being orchestrated by Jolly Ole Roger… Several weeks off, leading into the playoff’s, to be certain Peyton had enough left in the tank to finish the job…

    SO the Bronco’s will pull off an upset of a team that is currently 17-1 this season… Cam will be denied his rightful position at the podium…

    And when that happens, y’all will understand how the season was a engineered, orchestrated and implemented by the great puppeteer, Roger…

  85. nflfanlady says: Jan 26, 2016 12:28 PM

    I just LOVE Broncos fans. Earlier this year they were literally boo-ing Manning off the field in several nationally televised games. I remember vividly because my husband kept exclaiming – Are they really boo-ing Manning?!!!” And now, he’s the legend deserving of all the rest of our respect? That’s a joke.

    If the Broncos somehow pull out a Super Bowl win, which is possible because….”Any Given Sunday….,” it will NOT be because of Peyton Manning. It will be because of Wade Phillips and his defense. Peyton IS Trent Dilfer her which he seems to have accepted because he so desperately desperately needs that 2nd ring to validate himself.

    Personally, I have never ever liked Manning. He is annoying, self-serving, me first-team later …. (And living in Nashville, trust me, I have had to endure many years of Manning). He should have been a track athlete or a golfer or tennis player – that’s who he is, not a team player.

    And I wouldn’t really blame Broncos fans who have never warmed to him. He could care less about the Broncos either. He came to Denver as a mercenary, just looking for what team could get HIM a ring, not looking for a team he could join and help lead to a Super Bowl. After this “last rodeo” we shall see how fast he gets out of Dodge.

  86. jaxon51 says: Jan 26, 2016 12:30 PM

    With Ernie Adams and BB Spygate/ helmet communication Peyton would have at least a couple more rings

  87. stepheni74 says: Jan 26, 2016 12:31 PM

    TedHurtz says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:15 AM
    but your team does (belong in the playoffs). Right amiga?
    ——————————————————
    Nope. My team sucks and doesnt belong in the big game. see, i can admit that.
    when will you admit that the donks dont belong, “amiga”?

    probably after the game when its 48-3 with 4 pick 6’s and 10 manning sacks.

    =========================================
    Then who does belong in the big game for the AFC? And you if you say NE, whom just got beat by Denver, then you are the donkey.

  88. RE LEE says: Jan 26, 2016 12:36 PM

    I hope he wins this one too so he can retire in his glory. We’ll miss the Brady and Peyton rivalry though.

  89. rootpain says: Jan 26, 2016 12:38 PM

    No matter what happened or happens you just can’t deny that Manning has been an elite player in the NFL. And like all elite players, he will be in the HOF and deserves to be.
    I hope he plays well in SB50. He deserves a chance to go out strong.

  90. saint2112 says: Jan 26, 2016 12:40 PM

    One of the most classiest guys in the NFL (I’m a Patriot fan).

  91. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 26, 2016 12:42 PM

    TedHurtz says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:15 AM
    but your team does (belong in the playoffs). Right amiga?
    ——————————————————
    Nope. My team sucks and doesnt belong in the big game. see, i can admit that.
    when will you admit that the donks dont belong, “amiga”?

    probably after the game when its 48-3 with 4 pick 6’s and 10 manning sacks
    ——————————–
    The AFC and NFC both send their champions to the game, that’s how it works. If the AFC champion Broncos don’t deserve to be there then who in your alternate universe does?
    In a matchup of the last two standing the AFC one seed Broncos defeated the 2 seed Pats, that’s as clear as it gets. If winning the conference isn’t enough to qualify the AFC team then what about the NFC representative?

    And this is coming from a Pats fan btw

  92. hthejp says: Jan 26, 2016 12:47 PM

    Actually I think he sang into Belicheck’s ear, to the tune of the Nationwide jingle:

    “This might be my last ro-deo”

  93. slopes16 says: Jan 26, 2016 12:51 PM

    Yeah I agree, the Refs definitely want Manning to go out on top.

    That’s why there were 3 hideous personal foul (15 yds) penalties against the Broncos.

    That’s why the Patriots won their Challenge.

    That’s why the Broncos lost their Challenge.

    Not to mention the blatant no-call intentional grounding by Brady on 3rd and 10 of the final drive. Call me crazy but the Broncos may have played a different defense on 4th and 25 than a 4th and 10….

    The Broncos vs Patriots was one for ages. An absolute Heavy Weight Boxing match by both Teams. Enjoy it football fans. It will be hard to match what Brady, Manning, Big Ben have done in the AFC over the last 15 years.

    Cheers to Manning and the Broncos hopefully going out on top.

  94. daytontriangles says: Jan 26, 2016 12:55 PM

    As a Patriots fan, I have nothing but respect for Manning. I’d love to see him win the Superbowl and then from the podium, Lombardi trophy in hand, announce his retirement.

  95. tajuara says: Jan 26, 2016 12:58 PM

    I just LOVE Broncos fans. Earlier this year they were literally boo-ing Manning off the field in several nationally televised games. I remember vividly because my husband kept exclaiming – Are they really boo-ing Manning?!!!” And now, he’s the legend deserving of all the rest of our respect? That’s a joke.

    If the Broncos somehow pull out a Super Bowl win, which is possible because….”Any Given Sunday….,” it will NOT be because of Peyton Manning. It will be because of Wade Phillips and his defense. Peyton IS Trent Dilfer her which he seems to have accepted because he so desperately desperately needs that 2nd ring to validate himself.

    Personally, I have never ever liked Manning. He is annoying, self-serving, me first-team later …. (And living in Nashville, trust me, I have had to endure many years of Manning). He should have been a track athlete or a golfer or tennis player – that’s who he is, not a team player.

    And I wouldn’t really blame Broncos fans who have never warmed to him. He could care less about the Broncos either. He came to Denver as a mercenary, just looking for what team could get HIM a ring, not looking for a team he could join and help lead to a Super Bowl. After this “last rodeo” we shall see how fast he gets out of Dodge.

    ———————————————————

    A mercenary that cried when he was cut from the Colts (you know, that organization that got a place in the football map thank to him). Not surprise you are so bitter, Tennessee hasn’t been relevant in sports for many many years, and that will not change soon.

  96. uglydingo says: Jan 26, 2016 1:01 PM

    Everything points to Peyton’s retirement, but the guy never, ever says no to the money. A team without a QB will make a big offer and it will be hard for him to refuse. Bank on it.

  97. daytontriangles says: Jan 26, 2016 1:01 PM

    abninf says:
    Jan 26, 2016 12:24 PM

    You can’t compare to Montana. He didn’t play in the era with all the rules protecting quarterbacks and receivers.
    ________________________

    True, but he had the unbeatable combination of no salary cap and a free-spending owner who wanted to win. Having one of the greatest receivers in history running routes with stick-um on his hands didn’t hurt either.

  98. thetwilightsown says: Jan 26, 2016 1:06 PM

    Even this Raider fan knows Peyton is far more than the Trent Dilfer to this team – just ask their future QB.

    That being said… Go Panthers. Out with the old, in with the new. Looking forward to the games next great signal callers – Newton, Bridgewater, Wilson, Mariota, Winston and of course… certifiable badass Derek Carr.
    Gonna be fun!

  99. jgedgar70 says: Jan 26, 2016 1:11 PM

    I have much respect for Peyton Manning. He’s one of the all-time best. But I’m a Panthers fan. So, cue the Nationwide music!

    “Sorry Peyton you will lose”

  100. bazookajoeflacco says: Jan 26, 2016 1:12 PM

    Just like with Ray Lewis, the Patriots had to cancel his retirement party.

  101. nflfanlady says: Jan 26, 2016 1:13 PM

    Tajura said: “mercenary that cried when he was cut from the Colts (you know, that organization that got a place in the football map thank to him). Not surprise you are so bitter, Tennessee hasn’t been relevant in sports for many many years, and that will not change soon.”

    So you are saying Manning is a crybaby?

    Bitter isn’t in my vocabulary. I currently live in one of the most fantastic and upcoming cities in the world and follow the Titans and Preds with pride BUT my sports loyalty remains with my native Boston sports teams no matter where I have lived.

    Here in Nashville, Bitter are Manning /UT fans who have suffered so many big game disappointments at the hand of their hero!

  102. shadywarrior says: Jan 26, 2016 1:14 PM

    Love the Pats and Brady, and I’ll tell you what, this ride we’ve been on wouldn’t have been the same without Peyton. Always a great competitor, and at his peak physical condition, he’s one of the best QBs to ever lace ’em up. I have my New England bias and disdain for most things that broadly appeal to middle America, but I can’t do anything but tip my cap as the Sherriff rides off into the sunset. We can poke fun at some of his postseason misadventures, but his overall body of work is in the pantheon of the greats.

  103. bigbenh8tr says: Jan 26, 2016 1:14 PM

    Well even if they don’t win the superbowl you Pats fans should be acting like it.

    Right?

    Considering TB12 is the best ever, Pats dynasty is the best ever, best owner ever.

    And the Broncos team with a front office full of alcoholics just beat you man to man, with no cheating involved by the usual suspects

  104. fanofnd1984 says: Jan 26, 2016 1:28 PM

    Win the SB, retire and come back to Indy as GM. Grigson needs to go!

  105. jjackwagon says: Jan 26, 2016 1:29 PM

    Thought the Chiefs had retired him earlier this season but his forehead must have dragged itself back on the field. Here’s to hoping the Panthers retire him permanently.

  106. drunkraider says: Jan 26, 2016 1:43 PM

    Im glad i was able to watch his entire career. One of the greats for sure, and the Manning/Brady battles over the years have been some damn good football.

    Part of me wants him to win it and go out a winner. but he is on the Donkeys and i just cant root for them to win the superbowl.

  107. PFT loves the Steelers says: Jan 26, 2016 1:48 PM

    daytontriangles says:
    Jan 26, 2016 1:01 PM
    abninf says:
    Jan 26, 2016 12:24 PM

    You can’t compare to Montana. He didn’t play in the era with all the rules protecting quarterbacks and receivers.
    ________________________

    True, but he had the unbeatable combination of no salary cap and a free-spending owner who wanted to win. Having one of the greatest receivers in history running routes with stick-um on his hands didn’t hurt either.
    _________________________

    It’s as if people don’t know that Montana won 2 rings without Rice. Also, who were all these other fantastic all-pros that he was surrounded with? John Taylor and Roger Craig were pretty good. Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker, Randy Moss, and Edelman, Corey Dillon, Ridley etc etc are also good. People need to stop pretending that Brady hasn’t had any weapons. It’s ignoring reality.

  108. lastnameiswilson says: Jan 26, 2016 1:51 PM

    I have no problem rooting for Peyton in this one. Now shut these bandwagon Panthers and Can Newton up!

  109. descendency says: Jan 26, 2016 2:03 PM

    Belichick told Peyton he’d make sure it was.

  110. mrozma says: Jan 26, 2016 2:16 PM

    Manning brothers 5-1 against Brady in championship games and super bowls

    And Brady has more Superbowls than both of them combined.
    🙂

  111. raider8er says: Jan 26, 2016 2:27 PM

    It struck me looking at Peyton walking in the middle of the field, his expression suggested to me that he knew it was different this time. Not just it may be his last game at Mile High but that the victory was not due to his excellence but the D.

    He ain’t used to that. However, he handled it well.

  112. psousa1 says: Jan 26, 2016 2:31 PM

    This is not quite an 85 Bears / 2013 Seahawks defense he is going against but it is up there.

    It may not be pretty.

  113. coloradotennisfan says: Jan 26, 2016 2:31 PM

    Potential SB blowout coming. Panthers proved they were the real deal in two decisive wins. Can the Broncos defense contain the Panthers explosive offense? The Broncos defense will need to hold the Panthers offense to 20 points. I do not see the Denver offense capable of scoring more than 24 points. Panthers have a much better running game than Patriots so the Denver defense will have a very difficult time.

    I am hoping for a close game, not a blowout. The blowout with the Seahawks was boring.

  114. steves11 says: Jan 26, 2016 2:32 PM

    “silencing the haters who doubted him one last time”

    The Manning haters have all switched over to Brady. Win or lose, I think Peyton retires, but it would be nice to see him go out with a Super Bowl win.

  115. edelmanfanclub says: Jan 26, 2016 2:33 PM

    If Manning wasnt on this classless Denver team, I wouldn’t mind that he gets another ring. Their defense is great but dirty and classless. I hope Carolina destroys them.

  116. theshivusregall says: Jan 26, 2016 2:34 PM

    I am telling you right now, especially if the Broncos win. No way Head Growth Hormone retires, he is using Ray Lewis rhetoric.

  117. cornerstone2001 says: Jan 26, 2016 2:39 PM

    Joe Montana never used steroids and had them sent to his wife

  118. cornerstone2001 says: Jan 26, 2016 2:41 PM

    What a joke. Look at Mannings horrible playoff record.
    Case closed

  119. c9zz says: Jan 26, 2016 2:42 PM

    He may say that, or it may be the HGH messed up his brain. We know it messed up his forehead. It will be a snoozefest SB with the Broncos getting their Azzes kicked by the end of the first quarter.

  120. bullcharger says: Jan 26, 2016 2:45 PM

    terripet says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:24 AM

    Manning brothers 5-1 against Brady in championship games and super bowls

    ————-

    Archie + Peyton + Eli = 3

    Brady = 4

    They may have beat Brady in those games, but Peyton hasn’t been able to close so Brady still has more hardware than the whole family combined.

  121. bullcharger says: Jan 26, 2016 2:47 PM

    mheader says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:32 AM

    What will Jim Nantz do without his best friend Peyton?

    Actually, maybe Peyton could replace Phil……

    —————–

    That job is there for the taking. I am sure it’s Manning’s if he wants it. That would be awesome.

  122. tonebones says: Jan 26, 2016 2:48 PM

    By saying this might be my last rodeo, Peyton is saying there is a possibility that this is his last rodeo. He didn’t say this is my last rodeo, or even that this is probably my last. Just a possibility. I’d say there is also a possibility that Tom Brady has played in his last football game. Stay tuned for more news on this.

  123. skawh says: Jan 26, 2016 2:49 PM

    I’ve always enjoyed watching PM play, and marveled at his field general intellect.

    And no one viewed Sunday’s AFC Championship game pulling for him to beat Brady more than I.

    But there’s a new Sheriff in town…and he’s athletic, brash, young, charismatic, and about to stake his own claim for greatness in the 50th SB. It’s a fitting stage for a changing of the guard. Get beyond Cam’s funloving personality, and respect the fact that he brings excitement to the QB position…it’s a nice breath of fresh air. Who said football can’t be played while having fun doing it?

    Cam reminds me of Magic Johnson, leading his team, having a ball, and smiling all the way to championships.

    Hats off to PM…a career for the ages!

  124. steelbreeze676 says: Jan 26, 2016 2:49 PM

    The league will never be the same without Peyton playing in it. OMAHA!!! hahaha, I’ve hated him at times, but only because he’s been awesome.

  125. bullcharger says: Jan 26, 2016 2:52 PM

    abninf says:
    Jan 26, 2016 12:24 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:24 AM

    Montana was great, but it certainly is close between him and Brady and I think Brady has done enough already to move past Montana.

    If you are stats guy, then Manning is the best ever and Montana can’t hold a candle to that.
    =======================================

    You can’t compare to Montana. He didn’t play in the era with all the rules protecting quarterbacks and receivers.

    —————-

    That’s a good point, and may fully explains his reduced stats, but you can compare wins, because it is harder to win in the current era of free agency then it was when you could buy who ever you want and create a dynasty. Rice is commonly considered the best WR ever and by many to be the best player ever. Montana had him for 2 Super Bowls. Look at some of the talent they were able to keep and/or bring in. You have to counter QB hits against quality of over all players.

    It was easier for the 49ers to win then it is for current teams on a year in and year out basis.

  126. rogerdw66 says: Jan 26, 2016 2:55 PM

    When he had his son on the stand with him, after the game, that was a sign, to me, he won’t be back. That was a very un-Peyton like move.

  127. The Professional Introvert says: Jan 26, 2016 3:01 PM

    I don’t think the Broncos will win, but I see a lot of the same posters on here predicting a blow-out were saying the same about the Broncos/Pats game.

  128. packergator says: Jan 26, 2016 3:06 PM

    Sadly, I don’t see a storybook Elway-type ending in Peyton’s future. Take the under in SB50 because of that Bronco D, but after the AFCCG I don’t have much faith that Peyton will make the big throws that he’ll have to make, especially in the fourth quarter.

  129. solo681 says: Jan 26, 2016 3:12 PM

    Many believed that the Patriots would surely beat the Broncos based on:

    1.) Healthy Gronk & Edelman

    2.) The OLine could protect Brady

    These two requirements are like epoxy = They do not work by themselves and MUST both be present and mixed together to form a STRONG BOND = VICTORY.

    Since the OLine did not show up to play = LOSS

  130. nhpats says: Jan 26, 2016 3:24 PM

    From what I observed in the two Carolina playoff games I believe this SB could get ugly. It is actually quite possible that Carolina could pitch a shutout. The only chance the Broncos have is for their D to shut down the Carolina offense and score off of turnovers. The problem is that unlike the Patriots, Carolina has one of the best offensive lines in the league. And they have a great running game.

    I expect Carolina to win this game by 17+

  131. solo681 says: Jan 26, 2016 3:28 PM

    scottbiggie says:
    Jan 26, 2016 12:09 PM

    How lucky is Peyton that he faced Grossman in one of the Super Bowls? He would have been “0 for” and been known as the worst clutch guy in the history of sports
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Peyton was given a FREE Ticket to the SB thanks to the Refs in that 2006 AFCCG.

    The NFL was terrified that Peyton would end up like Marino and kept throwing OPI and PI calls against the Patriots until it was assured that Peyton/Colts would win.

    Rex Grossman and the Bears was a very easy SB win.

  132. brendafortheboyz says: Jan 26, 2016 3:33 PM

    GO FOR TWO SPORTS says:
    Jan 26, 2016 12:15 PM
    charliecharger says:
    Jan 26, 2016 10:57 AM

    Manning is going to lead the Broncos to a blowout win in the super bowl, and ride off into the sunset. This will be the most memorable super bowl in history.
    —————————————————————-
    Somebody has not been watching The NFC playoffs…
    Broncos stand NO CHANCE against The Panthers. This will be a blowout, that’s true but it’s going to be Panthers blowing out Denver. This will be like The Seahawks vs Broncos Superbowl. The game will be over by halftime. Panthers win this by 28+ points
    ===============================
    Uh, kind of like the entire media and Pats’ fans said the Broncos and the ‘old man’ would never beat them…..lol

  133. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 26, 2016 3:46 PM

    Uh, kind of like the entire media and Pats’ fans said the Broncos and the ‘old man’ would never beat them…..lol

    You are right. One particular Patie airbag said Wde Phillips defense were owned by the Pat’s but he is just an idle boaster anyway ……right Teddy?
    The Pat’s fans are legends in their own minds…..said no one.

  134. boogerhut says: Jan 26, 2016 3:51 PM

    I can actually smell the butthurt wafting off my screen.

  135. billsfan1 says: Jan 26, 2016 3:57 PM

    End of an era… A damn good era

  136. godenbroncos says: Jan 26, 2016 4:00 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:42 AM
    Not saying Denver can’t do it. Just saying that Carolina are the best team they have faced by far.

    ——————————————————————–

    Hmm…this is a team that played Green Bay, Cincinnati, KC (Twice), New England (Twice) and beat them all. Let’s take a look at the schedule and see who is playing the best team they have all year by “far”

  137. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 26, 2016 4:12 PM

    Hmm…this is a team that played Green Bay, Cincinnati, KC (Twice), New England (Twice) and beat them all. Let’s take a look at the schedule and see who is playing the best team they have all year by “far”

    You also left off the Steelers twice. The Bull is in the screen name for the unintended reasons but the smell should give you a clue. Some homers just can’t get over a loss like a man.Tee Hee….

  138. mellimac says: Jan 26, 2016 4:23 PM

    A NE – Panthers game would have been interesting, but Denver – Panthers will be a blowout. Props to Denver’s defense, but Manning is no Superman. Albeit, Denver has a running game, the fact Manning can’t fire bullets and can’t run, makes this game a walkover by the Panthers. Like playing the Seahawks, only I fear the Panthers are better. I wish Manning well, even hope he rides into sunset with a bowl win, but unless Denver’s defense pulls out a miracle, it isn’t going to happen. Superman can take a pounding, more so than Brady. If the game gets away from Denver, it’s over.

  139. pointtwopsiistheissue says: Jan 26, 2016 4:23 PM

    HGH!!!

  140. dmretrogames says: Jan 26, 2016 4:25 PM

    “I’m not coming back next year.”

    “I’m getting too old for this.”

    “Nationwide is my new job.”

  141. mmack66 says: Jan 26, 2016 5:04 PM

    godenbroncos says:
    Jan 26, 2016 4:00 PM

    Hmm…this is a team that played Green Bay, Cincinnati, KC (Twice), New England (Twice) and beat them all. Let’s take a look at the schedule and see who is playing the best team they have all year by “far”
    ——————————

    The Chiefs beat Denver, in Denver.

    The Donkeys also lost to the Colts, and the Raiders, and were taken to overtime by the Browns, of all teams. Both games against the Patriots went down to the wire, one in overtime.

    The bottom line is, they are very beatable.

    And Carolina is the most complete team they have faced all season.

  142. brooks33blog says: Jan 26, 2016 5:07 PM

    If not for Leonard Marshall’s hit Montana probably would’ve won his 5th ring, and 3rd in a row. Seems people are forgetting he almost took KC to a super bowl in 1993, which if he wasn’t knocked out of the game it probably would’ve happened. And his big weapon was Marcus Allen, that’s it. Think about that

  143. damcmp says: Jan 26, 2016 5:17 PM

    Peyton meant his last SuperBowl… not that he was quiting!!!!!

  144. tedmurph says: Jan 26, 2016 5:17 PM

    I love how the gloaters/haters think they won something because the Patriots lost in the 10th AFC Championship in the Brady/Belichick era. After winning their 4th Super Bowl last year. 98% of their teams have been eliminated for weeks. Many started posting at 8AM Mon AM and were still going at 10:30 PM. All to get their useless, repetitive shots in on the greatest franchise of this century. I don’t know whether to laugh at them or pity them…laugh, I think.

    As far as pointing out the Pats averaged 37 pts against WPhillips? Nothing but the truth. They didn’t score 37 Sunday. Didn’t say they would. Steelers weren’t mentioned? Because they’re irrelevent.

    As far as whom these teams have played, Carolina beat Seattle twice, once in Seattle. IMO, Seattle was the 2nd best team in the NFL this year. The Panthers are a wrecking crew right now. They lost one fluky game this year.

  145. bullcharger says: Jan 26, 2016 5:37 PM

    godenbroncos says:
    Jan 26, 2016 4:00 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:42 AM
    Not saying Denver can’t do it. Just saying that Carolina are the best team they have faced by far.

    ——————————————————————–

    Hmm…this is a team that played Green Bay, Cincinnati, KC (Twice), New England (Twice) and beat them all. Let’s take a look at the schedule and see who is playing the best team they have all year by “far”

    ——————-

    Yes… none of those teams are as good as Carolina. Not even close at the moment.

    Did you see what they did the last two games?

    Who does that to good teams?

    Denver are squeaking out home games. Carolina mashed those teams.

    It will be interesting to see if the Denver pass rush can get to Cam.

  146. johnniemayes says: Jan 26, 2016 5:38 PM

    Panthers fans, most of you fail to see what Denver’s defense is going to do to shut y’all down. They’re going to have Von and Ware set the edges, not pass rush, they’ll contain Cam in the pocket and force him to read a defense Wade gets 2 weeks to draw up.

    Panthers haven’t seen this complete of a defense all season. Broncos can do it in all phases, on the DLine, linebackers, or secondary. I look for Cam to throw numerous interceptions and spend most the game in a panic because he won’t be able to run or dump off balls for screens or options.

  147. bullcharger says: Jan 26, 2016 5:40 PM

    It will be interesting to see what Brady can do after Manning retires.

    The young talent in the league has come into their own and it will be tough to win a Super Bowl in the next few years.

    He definitely could be the next George Blanda though the way he’s going. If he plays at a high level for a few more years it will be amazing whether he wins another one or he doesn’t.

  148. deepizzaguy says: Jan 26, 2016 5:51 PM

    All shows have to come to an end.

  149. godenbroncos says: Jan 26, 2016 5:54 PM

    LOL squeaking out home games. you don’t get defensive football, do you?

    Admittedly they took some teams lightly, and had 3 more losses than Carolina, but all to teams they had beat previously, or later with the exception of Indy.

    There’s the one, and their QB almost died after playing them, which sucks, but is true.

  150. randomguy9999 says: Jan 26, 2016 5:58 PM

    mmack66 says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:52 AM
    randomguy9999 says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:42 AM

    Peyton, experience, intelligence and maturity is going to win this one over raw talent and immaturity

    Broncos by 4
    ————-

    Where was that experience, intelligence, and maturity 2 Super Bowls ago?

    Did you see that game?

    ————————————————

    and what exactly does a completely different Broncos playing a completely different team years ago with a PM that was hurting all season coming straight off of multiple neck surgeries have to do with next week ?….

    the answer is Nothing zip nada… completely immaterial.

    The Broncs have ONE Offensive lineman still with the team from that game… it is completely ridiculous to haul out that SB as a factor in this one

    Cam and Carolina have never come up against this before… and Cams inexperience is going to count for a lot

  151. nodindenver says: Jan 26, 2016 6:04 PM

    nflfanlady says:
    Jan 26, 2016 12:28 PM
    I just LOVE Broncos fans. Earlier this year they were literally boo-ing Manning off the field in several nationally televised games. I remember vividly because my husband kept exclaiming – Are they really boo-ing Manning?!!!” And now, he’s the legend deserving of all the rest of our respect? That’s a joke.

    If the Broncos somehow pull out a Super Bowl win, which is possible because….”Any Given Sunday….,” it will NOT be because of Peyton Manning. It will be because of Wade Phillips and his defense. Peyton IS Trent Dilfer her which he seems to have accepted because he so desperately desperately needs that 2nd ring to validate himself.

    Personally, I have never ever liked Manning. He is annoying, self-serving, me first-team later …. (And living in Nashville, trust me, I have had to endure many years of Manning). He should have been a track athlete or a golfer or tennis player – that’s who he is, not a team player.

    And I wouldn’t really blame Broncos fans who have never warmed to him. He could care less about the Broncos either. He came to Denver as a mercenary, just looking for what team could get HIM a ring, not looking for a team he could join and help lead to a Super Bowl. After this “last rodeo” we shall see how fast he gets out of Dodge.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Bronco’s fans will boo anybody off the field and Peyton has commented that his play deserved it. Elway has been showered with boos at Mile High on occasion and he also had no problem with it. We give our best effort on game day at Mile High and expect the players to follow suit. Just a difference between a culture of winning and one of non-relevance I presume. You should have heard the place erupt when he came trotting back on the field healthy and sparked the team to a second half win over SD in the last game of season He has been nothing but class here in Denver the last four years. Last weeks game was one for the ages. If it was to be The Sheriff’s last in Denver, we let him know we appreciated his effort.

  152. mmack66 says: Jan 26, 2016 6:26 PM

    randomguy9999 says:
    Jan 26, 2016 5:58 PM

    and what exactly does a completely different Broncos playing a completely different team years ago with a PM that was hurting all season coming straight off of multiple neck surgeries have to do with next week ?….
    ——————————

    What are you talking about? Peyton had just had the best season of his career, setting all sorts of records.

    The Broncos also had arguably the most prolific offense ever, yet almost got skunked in the Super Bowl.

  153. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 26, 2016 6:39 PM

    tedmurph | Jan 26, 2016, 5:17 PM EST
    I love how the gloaters/haters think they won something because the Patriots lost in the 10th AFC Championship in the Brady/Belichick era. After winning their 4th Super Bowl last year. 98% of their teams have been eliminated for weeks. Many started posting at 8AM Mon AM and were still going at 10:30 PM. All to get their useless, repetitive shots in on the greatest franchise of this century. I don’t know whether to laugh at them or pity them…laugh, I think.

    As far as pointing out the Pats averaged 37 pts against WPhillips? Nothing but the truth. They didn’t score 37 Sunday. Didn’t say they would. Steelers weren’t mentioned? Because they’re irrelevent.

    As far as whom these teams have played, Carolina beat Seattle twice, once in Seattle. IMO, Seattle was the 2nd best team in the NFL this year. The Panthers are a wrecking crew right now. They lost one fluky game this year.

    Teddy, you lost. Man up !!! Little men make excuses….what are you? Seattle was the 2 no best? I guess you think by doing that means the Patriots beating them in LAST year’s SB has some bearing on your LOSS Sunday…….Teddy that’s weak…even for a bloated boaster like you. You lost …..crow is a taste you should be comfortable with… Tee Hee

  154. tedmurph says: Jan 26, 2016 7:02 PM

    People who troll all Patriot threads gloating about a team losing in the final 4 doesn’t know the meaning of the words ‘man up’. Just a needy troll trying to be right about something/anything and seeking some sort of validation. Or to get a rise out of a Pats fan. Barking up the wrong tree with this one. I’m laughing.

  155. bodyman1 says: Jan 26, 2016 7:27 PM

    Because now that he’s been found to be taking banned drugs he can’t go on anymore. Damn that Al Jazeerra.

  156. cfountain400 says: Jan 27, 2016 8:01 AM

    I’m a Patriots fan – okay haters, jump on that.

    But, I’ll be cheering for Peyton Manning. Frankly, I think he’s nuts for having stayed in the game this long, especially after his neck surgery. But, the guy is one of the best QB’s in the league – ever. Plus, he seems to be a stand up guy. Hard to disparage someone who is hard working, intelligent and seemingly grateful for what he has.

  157. snowdood163 says: Jan 27, 2016 8:02 AM

    chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:48 AM
    terripet says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:24 AM
    Manning brothers 5-1 against Brady in championship games and super bowls
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    Another pointless declarative statement. Lets all play, here’s mine:
    Tom Brady and his brother have more rings than the Manning brothers and Brady doesn’t even have a brother.
    Peyton Manning has been a great player and it has been a pleasure watching him. Why on Earth does everything always have to be a negative?
    A little respect goes a long way

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    A little respect does go a long way, and it took an AFCCG loss for me to see any from pats fans in at least 2 years. You know how many one and done comments or huge forehead comments I’ve seen from somebody with a screen name with pats, Boston, tb12, or belichick in it???? Or about how the pats Broncos reg season matchup was “the Broncos SB”?? You’re right, a little respect does go a long way. Hopefully you and your fellow fans will remember that next time our teams are facing one another.

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