Peyton Manning has had a season fit for a Hollywood movie. He goes down with a career-threatening neck injury, and his team, nay, his city turns its back on him for a new quarterback. Everything looks sad and dreary for the four-time MVP, until John Elway started talking to Peyton. The former MVP went after the recovering quarterback, maybe because he saw a little of himself in the aging superstar.
From there everything started coming together for Manning. He led the Broncos to a 13-3 regular season which included an 11-game winning streak to head into the playoffs, in which he and the Broncos secured a No. 1 seed. Manning put up over 4,600 yards this season with 37 touchdowns.
Now Peyton has a good chance to make it back to the Super Bowl and take a shot at his second Super Bowl Championship. The first team standing in his way is the Baltimore Ravens.
Manning has already defeated the Ravens 34-17 in Week 15. In that game Manning threw for over 200 yards and one touchdown, which is a number that Peyton is sure to beat on Saturday. Peyton has struggled in previous playoff games but is having one of his best seasons in a while, especially considering that it's his first year with the Broncos and that he's coming off a pretty serious neck injury.
The Broncos and Manning have a good matchup against the Ravens in the divisional round. The Ravens are in the bottom half of the league in passing defense as they allow over 225 passing yards per game. The Broncos are the fifth-best passing offense in the NFL, averaging over 280 yards through the air in each game.
The Broncos will make short work of the Ravens, especially considering that the Ravens poor offense against a Bronco defense that ranks third best in both run and pass defense.
From there the Broncos will take on either the Texans or the Patriots, two teams that defeated the Broncos in the regular season. Those games were also the last two games the Broncos lost all season.
The Broncos have been on a huge roll for the majority of the season and if the Texans and Patriots would've come a bit later than weeks three and five, we would've seen some different results.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos are one of the best teams in the NFL and have a very good chance at making it through the AFC to the Super Bowl. Two of the teams (the Ravens and Texans) lost three of their last four games of the regular season and the Patriots had a soft schedule toward the end of their year.
It's no secret that the Broncos and Manning had a great regular season, but it's not over. This Hollywood movie has to have a happy ending, and for Peyton and the Broncos, they'll be riding off into the sunset thanks to their veteran QB come February.