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Peyton Manning's neck exam with the Broncos' medical staff will take place on Monday.

Manning passed his exit physical and recently participated in a high-profile Pro-Am golf tournament. The Broncos may be holding their breath a bit before the exam, but no complications are expected. Manning has undergone four career neck surgeries, including a spinal fusion that cost him the entire 2011 season. On the off chance Monday's checkup does reveal additional neck problems, the Broncos could void Manning's $15 million base salary.

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Peyton Manning is expected to visit with doctors in Denver next week to evaluate his neck fusion.

Manning has said repeatedly that he intends on playing in 2014. He had a similar exam following the 2012 season and his physical isn't expected to reveal any issues with his surgically-repaired neck. "He should be fine," GM John Elway confirmed. Manning is set to make $15 million next season and is signed through 2016.

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer "guesses" Browns owner Jimmy Haslam will offer Peyton Manning a John Elway-style CEO role when Manning's playing days are over.

According to reporter Mary Kay Cabot, Haslam "loves" Manning, and the two are "great friends." Guessing Haslam hires Manning presupposes Haslam will avoid federal prison in the Pilot Flying J investigation. Even if Haslam ends up beating the feds and keeping the Browns, there's no telling how things might look in Cleveland by the time Manning retires. Haslam's tenure has thus far been marred by rash, hair-trigger decision making. He appears to have little idea of what he's doing.

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Speaking at Tuesday's season-ending presser, Broncos executive VP John Elway said he's "going to keep building" like Peyton Manning will return for 2014.

"Well, we're going to keep building like Peyton's going to be here, and when Peyton decides to hang 'em up, we have expectations hopefully to make that transition." Manning has already said he'll only call it a career if his March physical reveals issues with his surgically-repaired neck. Manning is due $15 million in 2014, which is an absolute steal based on his 2013 production.

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The Seahawks blitzed Peyton Manning on only 6-of-51 dropbacks in Super Bowl 48.

Just as ex-Seattle DC Gus Bradley's Jaguars did in Week 6, the Seahawks balked at blitzing and instead leaned on pressure from their defensive front four combined with physical press coverage on the perimeter to disrupt Manning's timing with his receivers. Denver only had mild passing success on screens and quick slants to Demaryius Thomas, and checkdown-type completions to Wes Welker in garbage time. The Seahawks didn't do anything exotic to destroy the Broncos. They were simply the superior football team.

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Peyton Manning completed 34-of-49 throws for 280 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions as the Broncos were dismantled by the Seahawks in Super Bowl 48, losing 43-8.

On the first play from scrimmage, C Manny Ramirez's shotgun snap sailed over an unprepared Manning's head and deep into the end zone, where Knowshon Moreno jumped on it for a safety. At 12 seconds in, the safety was the fastest score in Super Bowl history, passing Devin Hester's 14-second kick return against Peyton's Colts. Under heavy duress all night long, Manning was intercepted on a late first-quarter "duck" by SS Kam Chancellor, and in the second quarter on yet another tipped "duck" by LB Malcolm Smith, who sprinted 69 yards to the house. The Broncos didn't get on the board until Manning's 14-yard TD to Demaryius Thomas on the final play of the third quarter. Denver was exposed as the clearly inferior team in Super Bowl 48, but it takes away little from arguably the greatest single season in NFL history. Manning will push for first-round status in 2014 fantasy drafts.

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Sunday's forecast for Super Bowl 48 in Rutherford, N.J. currently calls for temperatures in the 40s and a slight chance of rain.

All things considered, it's shaping up to be a nice day in the New York/New Jersey area. Weather.com calls for a high of 50 degrees for the day, low winds in the 4-7 MPH range, and a 20 percent chance of rain at game time. Peyton Manning and the Broncos' air attack shouldn't be affected whatsoever. The coldest Super Bowl ever was the Cowboys vs. Dolphins in 1972 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans when temperatures dropped down to 39 degrees. Super Bowl 48 may rival it, but we're not going to see anything drastic weather-wise.

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Associated Press named Peyton Manning its 2013 Most Valuable Player.

Manning surprisingly wasn't a unanimous winner, receiving 49 of a possible 50 votes. In one of the greatest single NFL seasons of all-time, he broke the records for passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55) in route to leading the Broncos to the Super Bowl, completing 68.3 percent of his passes with a 115.1 quarterback rating. Manning also took home Offensive Player of the Year honors, with LeSean McCoy (10), Tom Brady (1), Russell Wilson (1), and Drew Brees (1) also receiving votes. The MVP award is Manning's fifth of his career, but just his first since 2009.

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Responding to Richard Sherman's criticism of his arm strength, Peyton Manning admitted on Thursday he throws "ducks."

"I do throw ducks," Manning said. "I throw a lot of yards and touchdowns-ducks, so I'm actually quite proud of it." This is hardly bulletin-board material, but Sherman should be careful lest he finds himself in the position of so many corners before him; watching one of Manning's ducks float over his head and into the waiting arms of a receiver in the end zone.

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The latest weather forecasts for Super Bowl Sunday call for dry conditions.