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Here comes The Sheriff, who has home-field advantage and has had a stirring comeback season to lead the Denver Broncos to an AFC-best 13-3 record.
Only one of Denver's 11 straight wins was by fewer than eight points, which makes the Broncos the best team in football at the moment. Manning's presence has accelerated the development of wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, and even revived the career of first-round RB Knowshon Moreno.
The defense has also benefited from having Manning in the fold, as the unit is now among the league's best in Jack Del Rio's 3-4 scheme. Far fewer three-and-outs by the Broncos offense has given their defenders a rest, which helps premier pass-rushers Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil.
With the Baltimore Ravens coming to town to kick off the divisional round, the Broncos have had the benefit of playing them recently, in Week 15. That game was over by the third quarter, as Denver cruised to a 34-17 triumph in Baltimore, as mentioned earlier.
Manning is renowned for his cerebral nature and meticulous preparation, so having that game tape along with whatever he'll incorporate from Baltimore's more recent contests will only help him thrive even more.
The Ravens have always struggled to figure out Manning, and the outcome should be no different with this complete Broncos team, which is a legitimate Super Bowl contender. And Manning will lead the charge to victory, once again.