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Starting quarterback Peyton Manning has easily had the most topsy-turvy season of his pro career. Entering the conference title game, Brady had more touchdown passes in Denver (three) than Manning had (one) in the 2015 season. It would be easy to assume that this season has been less fun than others for the veteran quarterback.
On Sunday, it looked like Manning was having fun again.
Manning threw two touchdowns early in the game to give his team the lead, and they never looked back. He made some good throws, he made some bad throws but most of the time Manning worked with a smile on his face. It’s almost like you could sense his gratification in getting to play another huge playoff game.
This win was quite satisfying for the veteran quarterback.
“There is no question this is a sweet day, this was a sweet victory. To me, this victory is a great example of what this entire season has been like. It hasn’t been easy.” Manning continued, “And this game today was a unique football game, but everybody did their part, and it truly was a team game.”
Manning has been battered and bruised this season, and he was hit hard a few times against the Patriots. He said that he feels good after the game, and he’s looking forward to playing in the big game. Leading up to the Super Bowl, Manning and the Broncos will get a week of rest before taking a week to prepare for the Panthers. Manning smiled as he said, “It’s going to be a fun two weeks.”
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