There’s no such thing as too much Manning/Brady talk

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Get ready for a long week of Manning/Brady 15 talk.

But you won't see any complaints from us about the avalanche of articles, columns, and segments on the two quarterbacks (at least, as it relates to quantity).

After all, this is as good as it gets.

Yes, Peyton and Tom will say many times that the game is about the Broncos and Patriots, and not themselves or their legacies, but that's only true to an extent.

Manning/Brady is right up there with all of the great rivalries, friendly or heated - Lakers/Celtics, Yanks/Red Sox, Nicklaus/Palmer, McEnroe/Connors, UNC/Duke, Michigan/Ohio State, Frazier/Ali, and Leafs/Canadiens.

If anything in sports is worth writing or talking about, it's a matchup between two all-time greats still operating at or near their peaks. The only way it could be better is if it were in the Super Bowl, but obviously, that's never happening.

Sunday will be Manning's opportunity to level both his overall career playoff record (at 11) and his mark against Brady and the Pats (at two).

It's the third time the two will meet with a conference title on the line: Brady's Pats won in 2003, on their way to their second of three SB wins, while Manning led the Colts back from a 21-3 deficit in the 2006 title game before his own MVP performance of SB 41. (Their other playoff meeting was a 20-3 Patriots win in the 2003 divisional round.)

This will be a long week for those who hate Manning and Brady.

For the rest of us, this is a time to appreciate the greatness of these two athletes. They're scheduled to meet again next year, but that will be a mere regular season game.

This may be the last time Peyton and Tom meet with their team's seasons on the line, so let's savor it.

Broncos News

Tickets will go on sale today, with the Broncos trying to limit the number of Massholes who invade SAF@MH.

Robert Ayers trolled Philip Rivers in epic fashion on Sunday.

A bunch of losers in Whale's Vagina beat up a Broncos fan yesterday.

Broncos Analysis

Doug Farrar, Ben Stockwell, Andrew MasonJohn Branch, and David Ramsey recap Denver's win.

Dave Krieger, Jeff LegwoldMark Kiszla, and Woody Paige say that by passing on those late third downs, Fox & Co. showed that they learned from last year's mistakes.

Benjamin Hochman says Denver's defense woke up just in time.

Manning/Brady

Accuweather is currently forecasting a warm and sunny Denver day for the game (a high of 57 degrees, with no precipitation and little wind).

Please tell me that Manning drinks something better than Bud Light.

A big deal was made of Manning's offseason medical exam, but there's nothing different about this year's than the prior one.

Paul Klee, Christopher GasperRon Borges, and Tim Dahlberg look ahead to next week.

Patriots

The Pats may need to sign a new punter following the injury to Ryan Allen.

This is New England's first time as a playoff underdog since that 2006 conference championship won by Peyton's Colts.

News

The NFL is shopping its early season Thursday night games around to other networks.

Mike Florio is hearing that teams will wait until the very last moment to exercise their fifth-year options on 2011 first-rounders, like Denver with Von Miller. Makes sense.

San Francisco will play in its third straight NFC title game under Jim Harbaugh, following their 23-10 win at Carolina.

Ken Whisenhunt is reportedly a top candidate in Tennessee; if/when he leaves, the Chargers may promote former Bills QB Frank Reich to OC.

Cleveland will interview Mike Munchak for its head gig; Chicago fired two assistants but re-signed DC Mel Tucker.

Analysis

Mike Tanier, Chase Stuart, Matt BowenBill Barnwell, Peter KingDon BanksJason Cole, Frank SchwabJohn Clayton, and Sam Farmer recap Sunday's games; Chris Burke looks ahead to next weekend.

Chris Burke and Don Banks discuss San Francisco's win at Carolina.

Media

While we don't agree with Shannon Sharpe, it was still pretty hilarious to see him talk about SB titles and QB greatness while seated between Dan Marino and Boomer Esiason.

Richard Deitsch thinks that with the retirement of Dan Dierdorf, Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts should become the #2 team for CBS.

Some race-baiting asshole of a sportswriter criticized Colin Kaepernick for wearing his cap backwards.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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