By Bryan Stauffer
It was Peyton Manning who got the best of his archrival, Tom Brady, in the 15th meeting between the two storied quarterbacks.
With his 26-16 victory over Brady and the New England Patriots, Manning is now 11-4 all-time against ‘Tom Terrific’ and has the chance to become the first quarterback ever to win two Super Bowl titles with different teams.
As Peyton has the opportunity to become the first ever to accomplish such a feat, on Sunday he became the first to attain another historic achievement.
Thanks in part to a sturdy offensive line and the myriad of weapons he has at his disposal, Manning became the only player to ever throw for more than 400 yards against a Bill Belichick-coached defense, stretching back to his days with Cleveland and New York.
Denver’s offensive line surrendered zero sacks on the day and never allowed the New England front to get any push.
In turn, Manning was able to connect with eight different receivers and failed to turnover the ball.
That’s the recipe for success in the NFL. If you win the battle at the line of scrimmage and finish on the plus side of the turnover ratio, you put your team in the best position to succeed.
Manning showed why his offensive coordinator, Adam Gase, has arguably the easiest job in the NFL, as the field general continuously dissected defensive coverages and made adjustments at the line of scrimmage, per usual.
His stat line of 32 of 43 for 400 yards and two scores justifies how brilliant the 37-year-old Manning is when allotted an infinite amount of time in the pocket.
If there’s one way to slow down Manning or more importantly beat the Broncos, it’s through pressure. Manning has never been a mobile threat and he has little to no escapability, so when he is faced with pressure and unable to properly go through his reads and progressions he is vulnerable.
The Broncos go as Manning goes, and the only way to stop the Broncos is to stop Manning, a feat that only the Colts and Chargers have been able to attain.
Denver will face-off against Seattle in Super Bowl XLVII next weekend where Manning will be tested against arguably the most well-rounded pressure/coverage team in the NFL.
And if there’s one team that can quiet Manning & Co., it’s the Seahawks.
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