Super Bowl week is finally here
The Sports Brothers | 1/30/2014, 9 a.m.
Super Bowl week is upon us, and the lines in the sand have been drawn. Good versus evil, the legend against the loud mouth. What we have is the Denver Broncos with the leagues top rated offense and record-shattering quarterback Peyton Manning against the Seattle Seahawks and that top-rated defense led by the game's best and loudest corner, Richard Sherman.
For all the NFL records Peyton Manning owns — and there are plenty — he is one victory away from the one accomplishment that eventually might define his legacy more than any other.
If Manning’s Denver Broncos beat the Seattle Seahawks next weekend, he would become the first starting quarterback to win Super Bowl titles with multiple teams.
Manning is already a larger-than-life figure in Indianapolis, of course, widely credited with turning a basketball town into a football town by making the Colts truly matter. He led them to two NFL championship games, winning in 2007, losing in 2010. Remember when Manning was let go by the Colts after missing all of 2011, then wooed by champion-QB-turned-executive John Elway to Denver, where No. 18 quickly resumed his year-in, year-out excellence? Manning’s offense set a passel of league records this season, including his individual passing standards of 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards, which is why he’s expected to land a fifth NFL MVP award.
Yes, those are some glossy statistics, but Manning will have to find a way to over come the elements as the Super Bowl weather conditions could be unlike anything we have ever seen before.
The Feb. 2nd championship game will kickoff in Metlife Stadium and the one thing we do know is that it will be very cold weather. The ball-hawking Seattle Seahawks plan on bringing the heat on Manning and are hoping to force him into multiple turnovers which the Seahawks have used to their advantage the entire season.
Manning, the only member of the active rosters of the Broncos or Seahawks who’s won a Super Bowl previously, can become only the 15th starting player to win titles with two teams, according to STATS. This is a must win game for his legacy, already considered among the all-time best to have ever played this game.
However a victory here cements his place among the history buffs.
“People will remember Peyton in Denver, no matter what,” said Bart Oates, a center on championship clubs with the New York Giants in 1987 and 1991, and the San Francisco 49ers in 1994. “But if you bring them a championship, they’ll love Peyton. That’s immortalized. They celebrate championships every year. They don’t celebrate runners-up.” A great man once said, "You play to win the game" and I believe that the Denver Broncos will win the game 27-24 over the Seahawks. They will not be able to call Peyton Manning a great regular season quarterback anymore, just call him a great quarterback. Period.
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