If Saturday night was any indication of the type of weekend Peyton Manning is scheduled to have, the Seahawks better be worried. Manning took home his record-breaking fifth Most Valuable Player award and was also named Offensive Player of the Year. While Manning was not present to accept the honors, it was clearly a good night for the quarterback of the AFC Champion Denver Broncos.
While he was not the unanimous MVP selection, Manning took home the trophy for the fifth time after shattering several records this season. His 55 touchdowns and 5,477 passing yards were both all-time NFL bests, and he also helped guide five players to double-digit touchdown seasons. That many players scoring 10 or more touchdowns is also an NFL record.
While the night was good for Manning, history may not be so kind. The last four NFL MVPs that played in a Super Bowl in the same year went 0-4 in the big game. In fact, the last MVP to win the championship in the same year as being given the award was Kurt Warner, who won the 1999 NFL MVP and helped guide the Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV. Manning and the Colts lost in Super Bowl XLIV the last time he won the MVP in 2009. Warner, Tom Brady and Rich Gannon have also lost Super Bowls after being named NFL MVP.
While the Seahawks got prepared for the Super Bowl on Saturday night, a former member of the squad received the news of a lifetime for his individual accomplishments. Nine-time Pro Bowl tackle Walter Jones was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Jones played his entire 13-year career with Seattle and played (and started) in 180 career regular season games.
Jones was the sixth overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft and was a member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team. He was also a seven-time All-Pro and the 2005 NFL Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year. He retired from the Seahawks and the NFL in 2007.
The Broncos were not always a franchise with a winning history. Despite winning the last two Super Bowls of the 1990s, Denver originally had a rough history with the big game. The Broncos were bullied and blown out in their first four Super Bowl appearances, taking whippings from the Cowboys, Giants, Redskins and 49ers.
Former quarterback and current Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Broncos, John Elway, made five Super Bowl appearances and won his final two to cement his legacy. He would retire shortly after winning Super Bowl XXXIII and the game's MVP award. On Sunday, Peyton Manning has an opportunity to win his second Super Bowl and establish his legacy even further, much like Elway did with his final two seasons.
A win in this year's Super Bowl would bring the Broncos' win streak to three and keep the old memories of big game losses in the past.
Despite the Patriots elimination from the playoffs in the AFC Championship game, Dr. Shurki David is convinced that New England has a real shot at winning the Super Bowl on Sunday. In fact, he was pretty adamant about their chances on Detroit's FOX 2. While the anchor did her best to not embarrass the medical expert and tried to give him some help, Dr. David stood his ground about his favorite player's (Tom Brady) team.
The weirdest part of this ordeal is how uncomfortable the anchor looks throughout the talk on Super Bowl heart health. Dr. David also seems to be under the impression that newly-minted NFL MVP Peyton Manning and the Broncos are not set to appear in Sunday's Super Bowl. Apparently, no one sent us the memo.
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Peyton Manning, Broncos head coach John Fox and the Seahawks are all on one-game losing streaks in the Super Bowl. On Sunday, at least one of those streaks will end and only one team will win the ultimate prize in the NFL. If the Seahawks win, it will be their first Super Bowl. The same is true for John Fox.