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JOE BIDDLE: Denver rides Manning's arm to Super Bowl

Posted: Updated: Jan 20, 2014 04:39 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Peyton Manning was nothing short of magnificent as he carved up his nemesis New England Patriots, 26-16, in Mile High Stadium Sunday.

Next stop for Manning's Broncos: Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium, Peyton's little brother Eli's home field.

Manning is a walking miracle. To play like he did against the Patriots after enduring four neck surgeries and sitting out a year was incredible enough. To be cut from the Colts, the only NFL team he had known, and to blend in with the Broncos as seamlessly as he has in two short seasons boggles minds.

The former University of Tennessee All-American went a long way in settling the media manufactured battle between Manning and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Manning performed with the precision of a robotic surgeon as he carried his team past the Pats in the AFC Championship Game.

Going to the fourth quarter, Manning had accrued 309 passing yards. At one point, he completed 16 of 17 passes to put his team ahead 20-3.

The Broncos scored on six straight drives after a first possession punt. Manning finished by completing 32 of 43 passes. He threw two touchdown passes and set up four field goals by Matt Prater.

Manning and the Broncos offense played keep-away with Brady and the Patriots. They controlled the ball for almost 36 minutes, giving New England just over 24 minutes to put points up.

In three AFC Championship Games, Manning is now 2-1 against Brady.

"To keep Tom Brady on the sideline is a good thing,'' Manning said. "That's something you try to do when you are playing the Patriots.

"Our field position was never very good and to overcome a couple of holding penalties was a good thing. It would have been nice to score some touchdowns instead of field goals.''

Manning's ability to perform flawlessly in the most important game since his neck surgeries did not go unnoticed by Denver Coach John Fox, who had to miss a month during the regular season with heart problems.

"He has been remarkable,'' Fox said of Manning. "It is unprecedented what he has done. To sit out a year and come here and start where he left off and have the kind of season, not just today, but all season long.''

Manning is a shoo-in to win the NFL Most Valuable Player for this season. But he is aiming for the Big Prize, a second Super Bowl ring. He knows after this season he is scheduled to undergo a rigid physical to determine if his neck surgery has not weakened to the point that a blow to that area could leave him paralyzed.

His Super Bowl opponent will be the Seattle Seahawks who defeated San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game.

Despite the honors and passing records Manning has set, he would like to cement his legacy with another Super Bowl win. He took a giant step toward that on what was a Chamber of Commerce Denver day.

The former Colts quarterback relished the win, if just for the day.

"I'm an AFC guy. I'm biased toward this conference. It's a hard conference to win. It's still one more game to play, but you definitely want to savor the moment,'' Manning said. "I know how hard it is to get there. You do need to take a moment to enjoy it.

"It was a good team victory. To beat a team like the Patriots that have been here so many times is significant.''

As usual, the Manning clan was watching from a skybox but you could tell there was a party going on as the end of the game came to pass.

Why not enjoy it? None of us know how many times we will get to enjoy watching one of the all-time greats to play the most difficult position in the sport.
 
Contact wkrn.com Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at joebiddle11@gmail.com.

JOE BIDDLE: Denver ridesManning's arm to Super Bowl

 

 

Peyton Manning was nothingshort of magnificent as he carved up his nemesis New England Patriots, 26-16,in Mile High Stadium Sunday.

 

Next stop for Manning'sBroncos: Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium, Peyton's little brother Eli'shome field.

 

Manning is a walking miracle.To play like he did against the Patriots after enduring four neck surgeries andsitting out a year was incredible enough. To be cut from the Colts, the onlyNFL team he had known, and to blend in with the Broncos as seamlessly as he hasin two short seasons boggles minds.

 

The former University ofTennessee All-American went a long way in settling the media manufacturedbattle between Manning and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

 

Manning performed with theprecision of a robotic surgeon as he carried his team past the Pats in the AFCChampionship Game.

 

Going to the fourth quarter,Manning had accrued 309 passing yards. At one point, he completed 16 of 17passes to put his team ahead 20-3.

 

The Broncos scored on sixstraight drives after a first possession punt. Manning finished by completing32 of 43 passes. He threw two touchdown passes and set up four field goals byMatt Prater.

 

Manning and the Broncosoffense played keep-away with Brady and the Patriots. They controlled the ballfor almost 36 minutes, giving New England just over 24 minutes to put pointsup.

 

In three AFC ChampionshipGames, Manning is now 2-1 against Brady.

 

"To keep Tom Brady on thesideline is a good thing,'' Manning said. "That's something you try to do whenyou are playing the Patriots.

 

"Our field position was neververy good and to overcome a couple of holding penalties was a good thing. Itwould have been nice to score some touchdowns instead of field goals.''

 

Manning's ability to performflawlessly in the most important game since his neck surgeries did not gounnoticed by Denver Coach John Fox, who had to miss a month during the regularseason with heart problems.

 

"He has been remarkable,''Fox said of Manning. "It is unprecedented what he has done. To sit out a yearand come here and start where he left off and have the kind of season, not justtoday, but all season long.''

 

Manning is a shoo-in to winthe NFL Most Valuable Player for this season. But he is aiming for the BigPrize, a second Super Bowl ring. He knows after this season he is scheduled toundergo a rigid physical to determine if his neck surgery has not weakened tothe point that a blow to that area could leave him paralyzed.

 

His Super Bowl opponent willbe the Seattle Seahawks who defeated San Francisco in the NFC ChampionshipGame.

 

Despite the honors andpassing records Manning has set, he would like to cement his legacy withanother Super Bowl win. He took a giant step toward that on what was a Chamberof Commerce Denver day.

 

The former Colts quarterbackrelished the win, if just for the day.

 

"I'm an AFC guy. I'm biasedtoward this conference. It's a hard conference to win. It's still one more gameto play, but you definitely want to savor the moment,'' Manning said. "I knowhow hard it is to get there. You do need to take a moment to enjoy it.

 

"It was a good team victory.To beat a team like the Patriots that have been here so many times issignificant.''

 

As usual, the Manning clanwas watching from a skybox but you could tell there was a party going on as theend of the game came to pass.

 

Why not enjoy it? None of usknow how many times we will get to enjoy watching one of the all-time greats toplay the most difficult position in the sport.

 

Contact wkrn.com Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at joebiddle11@gmail.com.

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