Ravens at Broncos: Legacies

by @steven_lebron

Read an interesting stat tonight: in his playoff career, Peyton Manning is 0-3 in games below 40 degrees, with one touchdown and seven interceptions. Although, all three of them came on the road, and two of them were in Foxboro, so the competition might’ve played a bigger factor than the thermometer.

Take away his two Super Bowl runs (one resulting in a ring), and the underrated part of Manning’s career narrative in the post-season is that: he just hasn’t been that good. Not all the time.

But then you fold all of that into what’s happened this season. From four neck surgeries to a front-runner for MVP (in a world where Adrian Peterson didn’t have an even better comeback story), it almost feels like Manning’s season deserves more attention that we’ve given it.

He’s turned Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker into elite wide receivers, and the defense has strengthened as the season’s gone on.

The schedule? Not exactly a hard road to the post-season, so as you keep picking apart every detail behind Manning and his team, you can see why they might seem like a vulnerable one seed at home.

But the Ravens had their Super Bowl last week for Ray Lewis, and I’m not sure if Anquan Boldin is going to be a superhero every week in these playoffs. The defense made plays last week and flashed glimpses of their former self, but then you remember that Manning has won 9 straight games against this team, this defense.

Brain against brawn, and all that other stuff. When it comes down to it, I wish I could provide you with a complete breakdown of everything, but I really want to see Manning’s story end with a hometown Super Bowl game in New Orleans.

This is not just a playoff run for Manning. This is about legacy. Two Super Bowl wins would make elevate the conversation for Manning’s greatness. Funny how one of the greatest of all-time at his position is still chasing something more at this stage in his career, and doing so as the front-runner in the AFC.

Broncos win 28-10.

What does everybody think?

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    steelers please
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    Holla. I’d like to see my favorite player of all time win another superbowl with my hometown team.
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    Bronco. Super Bowl? Ummm Yuuuup
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