Peyton Manning, who won his fifth AP NFL MVP award on February 1, 2014, did not live up to expectations in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Here are five reasons Manning should forget about his performance in the Super Bowl:
Although Manning does deserve blame, his surrounding cast did not help
Manning did not have one of his best games in the 2014 Super Bowl, but not all of the blame should be placed on his shoulders. He finished the game with most completions in one game in the history of the Super Bowl, but only posted a 73.5 quarterback rating, which certainly does not come close to his career quarterback rating of 97.2. He was constantly hurried by the Seahawks defense, and many of his wide receivers failed to be open for him. Wilson, on the other hand, registered a quarterback rating of 123.1. The Broncos simply were weak on both offense and defense.
The Denver Broncos had a great season before the 2014 Super Bowl
Before Super Bowl XLVIII, the Broncos were cruising as a football team. They scored many points during each and every game, and were a force to be reckoned with. Manning should forget about his performance in the 2014 Super Bowl because he had a great regular season and he should focus more on how he earned his fifth MVP award.
I will note, however, that the star quarterback could watch some game tape of the Super Bowl. If the Broncos want to win the next Super Bowl, they must come together as a team and learn about their mistakes during the game. If Manning wants to, he could study ways to pass better while facing a tough defense, like the Seattle Seahawks.
The five-time NFL MVP is an extremely marketable quarterback
The 13-time Pro Bowler should not feel sorry for himself after the Super Bowl loss. He has a charismatic personality, and makes millions per year in marketing for companies, such as Papa John’s.
His 2013-2014 NFL season featured his best regular season
Although Peyton has been in the NFL since being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998, his best season came when he was 37-years-old. Manning threw for a league record 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards in his fifth MVP season. These statistics suggest that he has a few years left of being a terrific quarterback.
Manning will someday be elected to the NFL Hall Fame
Professional football players are devastated after losing an important game like the Super Bowl, but Manning has the maturity of being able to hope for brighter days. He will someday be elected to the NFL Hall of Fame, where his name will go down as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, quarterback to ever play football.
Tom Harrington is a passionate fan of football. His favorite football team is the New England Patriots.
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