The Road To MetLife Stadium has not been an easy one for Denver Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning. While this has been a record-setting season in more ways than one for Manning and the Broncos’ offense, it as just over a few years ago that No. 18 could barely hold a football, let alone throw it for 55 touchdowns in a single-season. Questions about the future of Manning and his health and effectiveness were running rampant, but John Elway knew that signing Manning was well worth the risk. After another impressive performance in an AFC Championship winning performance over arch-rival Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, Manning and the Broncos are heading to Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium on February 2 against the Seattle Seahawks. Now, in more ways than one, it is Manning who is chasing Elway in both Denver and NFL lore.
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Manning is the second oldest quarterback to ever start a Super Bowl. The oldest? That would be Elway. Manning is looking to win his second Lombardi Trophy, which would tie him with Elway. Once thought to have no connection at all, we could wind up talking about Manning and Elway in the same sentence on more than one occasion.
Especially if Manning – like Elway – decides to retire and go out on top after winning his second Super Bowl championship.
I am not saying that it will happen. I don’t even know if the Broncos will be able to get the better of the Seahawks and one of the most stellar defenses in recent NFL history. But, if they do, and Manning turns in another big performance, will he decide to hang it up and go out in similar fashion to Elway?
I suppose that only time will tell.
If you are looking for which team may have a greater edge, make sure to check out Stats.com. If the temperatures dip below 40 degrees on Super Bowl Sunday, which is nearly a foregone conclusion, Stats.com will tell you how things could play out when the Broncos face the Seahawks in MetLife Stadium in Super Bowl XLVIII. It would appear that Denver may have an edge on special teams and the kicking game with Matt Prater over Steven Hauschka, but Stats.com has plenty of eye-opening numbers that may cause you to bet on one team over the other.
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