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Can PFM win the SB outside in the Cold? HELL YES!

I don’t know about any of you, but I am sick and tired about all of the smaktalk about Peyton Manning and how he cannot play in the cold. Would he rather play in 75 degrees with no wind? Absolutely. Does he have nerve damage which affects his grip especially in the bitter cold? Damn right. Is Brady better in the cold than Peyton? No argument here. Did Flacco out play Manning last back in January? Gulp….yes he did. But am I really worried that once Denver reaches the Superbowl, we are sunk because Manning can’t play in the cold? HeLL NO!

Back to the fateful day in January. With the game tied, the defense did its job early in the 4th forcing the Ravens to punt. Denver has the ball on its own 12 yard line. Methodically, Peyton marches the team down the field with short passes mixed in with a few runs. See the play by play below.


Denver Broncos at 12:09

BAL

DEN

1st and 10 at DEN 12

P.Manning pass short right to R.Hillman to DEN 23 for 11 yards (R.Lewis; C.Brown).

1st and 10 at DEN 23

(Shotgun) P.Manning pass short right to J.Dreessen pushed ob at DEN 30 for 7 yards (D.Ellerbe).

2nd and 3 at DEN 30

R.Hillman up the middle to DEN 34 for 4 yards (B.Pollard).

1st and 10 at DEN 34

(Shotgun) P.Manning pass incomplete short right to B.Stokley [C.Graham].

2nd and 10 at DEN 34

(Shotgun) P.Manning pass short right to J.Dreessen to DEN 45 for 11 yards (C.Brown). PENALTY on BLT-C.Brown, Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards, enforced at DEN 45.

1st and 10 at BAL 40

R.Hillman up the middle to BLT 37 for 3 yards (H.Ngata).

2nd and 7 at BAL 37

(Shotgun) P.Manning pass short middle to M.Willis to BLT 33 for 4 yards (E.Reed).

3rd and 3 at BAL 33

(Shotgun) P.Manning pass incomplete short left to D.Thomas (C.Williams). PENALTY on BLT-C.Williams, Defensive Holding, 5 yards, enforced at BLT 33 - No Play.

1st and 10 at BAL 28

R.Hillman left guard to BLT 25 for 3 yards (B.Pollard; A.Jones).

2nd and 7 at BAL 25

(Shotgun) P.Manning pass short left to E.Decker to BLT 17 for 8 yards (D.Ellerbe).

1st and 10 at BAL 17

(Shotgun) P.Manning pass short right to D.Thomas for 17 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

28

34

M.Prater extra point is GOOD, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-B.Colquitt.

28

35

DRIVE TOTALS: BAL 28, DEN 35, 10 plays, 77 yards, 4:58 elapsed

(from ESPN.go.com)

Here is a look at the 80 yard drive last Sunday in the 4Q in which Denver marched down the field to tie the game. Mind you with 3:06 left in the game the Almighty Tommy Terrific couldn't even muster a first down much less drive his team down for a game winning FG attempt.


Denver Broncos at 7:37

DEN

NE

1st and 10 at DEN 20

(Shotgun) P.Manning pass short middle intended for D.Thomas INTERCEPTED by A.Talib [B.Spikes] at DEN 30. A.Talib to DEN 20 for 10 yards (K.Moreno). PENALTY on NE-A.Talib, Defensive Holding, 5 yards, enforced at DEN 20 - No Play.

1st and 10 at DEN 25

(Shotgun) K.Moreno up the middle to DEN 30 for 5 yards (D.Fletcher).

2nd and 5 at DEN 30

(Shotgun) P.Manning pass short left to W.Welker to DEN 35 for 5 yards (D.Harmon).

1st and 10 at DEN 35

(Shotgun) K.Moreno left guard to NE 47 for 18 yards (K.Arrington).

1st and 10 at NE 47

(Shotgun) P.Manning pass short left to D.Thomas to NE 36 for 11 yards (K.Arrington).

1st and 10 at NE 36

(Shotgun) P.Manning pass incomplete short middle to W.Welker.

2nd and 10 at NE 36

(Shotgun) P.Manning pass incomplete deep middle to D.Thomas. PENALTY on DEN-C.Clark, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at NE 36 - No Play.

2nd and 20 at NE 46

(Shotgun) P.Manning pass short left to D.Thomas ran ob at NE 31 for 15 yards.

3rd and 5 at NE 31

(Shotgun) P.Manning pass short left to J.Tamme to NE 20 for 11 yards (D.Harmon).

1st and 10 at NE 20

(Shotgun) K.Moreno left tackle to NE 17 for 3 yards (B.Spikes; R.Ninkovich).

2nd and 7 at NE 17

(Shotgun) P.Manning pass incomplete deep middle to J.Dreessen.

Timeout #1 by NE at 03:15.

3rd and 7 at NE 17

(Shotgun) P.Manning pass incomplete short middle to J.Tamme. PENALTY on NE-R.Ninkovich, Defensive Pass Interference, 6 yards, enforced at NE 17 - No Play.

1st and 10 at NE 11

(Shotgun) P.Manning pass short left to D.Thomas for 11 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

30

31

M.Prater extra point is GOOD, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-B.Colquitt.

31

31

M.Prater kicks 65 yards from DEN 35 to end zone, Touchback.

DRIVE TOTALS: DEN 31, NE 31, 10 plays, 80 yards, 4:31 elapsed

(from ESPN.go.com)

Bottom line, when the game was still in reach Manning has shown the ability to come through with a needed drive and score. Other circumstances need to be taken into account which directly affect the final score. Don’t worry folks it is not as black and white as the MSM and some Negative Nancees would like you to believe. PFM can indeed play in the cold, so there!

PS Here’s to the free-fall of the Cheifs.


This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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