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There is nobody else to start this list with.
While the next two weeks will continue the "can Peyton win in the postseason/cold/weather/outside" narrative, we can simply look at his 400 passing yards and two touchdowns as a perfect button on an outstanding season.
Manning knows how special it is to make the Super Bowl, as he told the assembled media, via ESPN.com.
"Being in my 16th season, going to my third Super Bowl, I know how hard it is to get there," Manning said.
Many will dismiss Manning’s year if he loses in the Super Bowl, while others will say he cemented his legacy if he wins.
As Bleacher Report lead writer Chris Hansen explained, Manning has proved his doubters wrong already.
Manning threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns against the Patriots after throwing for 230 yards and two touchdowns last week. Even though it wasn’t cold, Manning already answered those critics by throwing for 397 yards and four touchdowns in 18-degree weather in Week 14 against the talented secondary of the Tennessee Titans.
Manning talked to Peter King about how much he and offensive coordinator Adam Gase are in sync (via MMQB.com), but the real impact of that story should be how much Manning works. It's what makes him one of the greatest of all time.
That preparation paid off this weekend in a drubbing of the New England Patriots.