On The Road To MetLife Stadium, media members and fans alike loved talking about the postseason struggles of Peyton Manning. All anybody wanted to discuss was how Tom Brady owned Manning over the course of their illustrious careers, winning 10 of their first 14 matchups. Everybody fawned all over the fact that Manning was not built to play outdoors, and that Brady was the true legend who would lead his team to yet another Super Bowl appearance. Yet, after a sound defeat at the hands of Manning and the Denver Broncos, it is Brady and the New England Patriots who will have a long offseason, following a 26-16 loss in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday afternoon.
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Manning had a typical Peyton-like performance once again on Sunday, throwing for 400 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was a bit off in a few big passes, and he will certainly need to correct that when he leads Denver to play in MetLife Stadium to face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. Still, if any quarterback can make the necessary adjustments, you can bet on the fact that it will be Manning.
Yet, while Manning may have missed a few targets, it was Brady who looked uncomfortable all game long, aside from one drive late in the game when the Broncos had gone into the prevent defense mode. Overall, the entire New England offense looked awful, with the running game practically invisible. In this game, regardless of what you think of Bill Belichick, he was severely outcoached by John Fox.
The Broncos now have two weeks to prepare their record-breaking offense to go up against the Seahawks and their nearly impenetrable defense. We will find out which side of the ball is more important over the final two weeks of The Road To MetLife Stadium, culminating with Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium on February 2.
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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