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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.

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Peyton Manning said he fully intends to play in 2014 no matter what happens in Sunday's Super Bowl.

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The first forecast for Super Bowl Sunday has been released, and it's currently calling for a high of 35 degrees and a 30 percent chance of snow.

According to Weather.com, snow showers are possible and temperatures will range from 25 to 35 degrees. The Broncos and Seahawks will kick off at 6:30 PM ET, so they'd likely be playing in temperatures in the 20s. Wind isn't expected to be a factor; it's projected to be blowing around 8 MPH. Of course, we're ten days away from the big game, which leaves plenty of time for change. The NFL has previously said that if a winter storm is expected, the game could be moved to Saturday, Monday, or Tuesday. Worst-case scenario would be for Super Bowl to be pushed back to February 9. We're not at that point.

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Peyton Manning completed 32-of-43 throws for 400 yards and two touchdowns as the Broncos advanced to Super Bowl 48 in Sunday's 26-16 AFC Championship win over the Patriots.

Dissecting New England's defense on crossers and chain-moving routes, Manning converted his first scoring pass on a goal-line rollout, finding Jacob Tamme open from one yard out. When Aqib Talib (ribs) left the game, Peyton got aggressive at the intermediate and deep sections, exposing the Patriots' undermanned secondary with Demaryius Thomas en route to a 13-3 first-half lead. The dynamic duo increased the margin to 20-3 when Peyton found Demaryius slipping inside Alfonzo Dennard for a three-yard third-quarter touchdown. The Patriots didn't get a single hit or sack on Manning in a dominant performance by both Peyton and Denver's pass protection. The Broncos will meet the winner of Sunday night's 49ers-Seahawks game in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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Peyton Manning's football future will be determined by the results of a March physical on his four-times surgically repaired neck.

Assuming the exam shows Manning's neck is stable, he will resume his career. If increased risk of injury is shown, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Manning "will be forced to decide whether to retire." Manning has made it clear he wants to keep playing in 2014 regardless of whether the Broncos win the Super Bowl. Manning turns 38 on March 24. Asked in his post-game presser late Sunday if he was already thinking about the exam, Peyton replied "The only thing weighing on my mind is how soon I can get a Bud Light in my mouth."