"Tore the final pages to shreds. Burned them in a fire."

February 3, 2014

Manning was not even close to being the best quarterback on the field Sunday. Big as the game was, though, it was still one game. One game in what is no doubt the twilight of a 16-year career. … One game in which the Broncos were outcoached, outhit and outperformed in every phase.

But should this dismal night negate the Associated Press Most Valuable Player award — Manning’s fifth, a record — that he picked up on Saturday? The comeback from serious neck surgery that has produced two playoff seasons in Denver and the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance since Elway bowed out with his repeat victory 15 years ago?