“What’s weighing on my mind is how soon I can get a Bud Light in my mouth after this win. I’ve really been, this team has been a one-week-at-a-time season. For all we’ve been through, losing our coach and losing different guys to injuries, that approach has served us well. I think we need to keep that approach from here on out.”
– Peyton Manning, quarterback, Denver Broncos
At the press conference after Sunday’s victory over the San Diego Chargers, there were three generations of the Manning clan on display. According to YouWager news source, as Denver’s successful quarterback, Peyton Manning addressed questions about the game, his son, Marshall Manning was calling out for his daddy. The boy’s grandfather, retired NFL quarterback Archie Manning, attended to the boy so the Broncos’ most famous player could speak to reporters.
Sportswriters asked Manning about a third-and-17 throw to Julius Thomas. It became on the most important Passes Manning threw in the 2013 NFL football wagering season. Manning threw to the Denver tight end again as the Broncos went on to win the division playoff 24-17.
Champ Bailey, a cornerback for the Broncos, summed up Manning’s accomplishments on the field for YouWager’s source with a compliment for his teammate: “That was impressive. There were some big third downs on that drive. That doesn’t happen a lot in four-minute football. It’s hard to get first downs.”
Many online sportsbook bettors felt the win has a special meaning for Peyton Manning.
It’s been almost 4 years since Manning has made it to the playoffs. Internet wagering fans will have to look back to January of 2010, when Manning’s Colts beat the New York Jets. Two weeks after that, Indianapolis lost the Super Bowl. In the next season, the Colts lost their wild card run, and Manning underwent the spinal surgery that required him to be out of action for all of the 2011 NFL football wagering season. A year ago, playing for Denver, Manning lost 38-35 in a playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens. Some sportsbook bettors began to wonder if Manning would stumble in a big game.
Manning’s performance on Sunday wasn’t one of his best. Against San Diego, he only passed for 230 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw an interception in the end zone. But it was good enough. Good enough to get Denver into a contest with the New England Patriots.
This will be the first time the Broncos have faced the Patriots in the playoffs since their AFC Championship match in 2006. New England is 2-0 against Denver since Manning joined the team, and that includes a victory in overtime at home in November.
Manning would not speculate on his retirement or return to the NFL, saying he only wants to focus on each week’s game right now. He told YouWager’s source, “The game next week is Broncos versus Patriots. I know there will be some individual matchups that will get headlines, but it will be a battle between two good teams. Teams that have been through a lot, that have overcome a lot to get to this point, and that’s where my focus will be – trying to help the Broncos get a win against the Patriots.”
YouWager’s online oddsmakers have posted the Broncos as 4.5 favorites in Sunday’s playoff game against the Pats. The projected Total for this shootout is 55. Game time on Sunday afternoon is 3PM Eastern.