Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has angrily hit back at critics who claimed that he was incapable of performing in cold weather.
The 37-year-old was superb in the 51-28 demolition of Tennessee Titans despite the freezing conditions - ending the game with 39-for-59 for 397 yards through the air with four touchdown passes and zero interceptions - and he had some special words reserved for his critics after the match.
"Whoever wrote that narrative can shove that where the sun don't shine," Manning told Denver's KOA-AM after the game. "I felt pretty good out there today."
Indeed, Manning doesn't have a terrible record when the temperature is under 40 degrees at kick-off - it currently stands at 11-12 - and his latest performance will have gone a long way to silencing his doubters.
However, Manning insists that proving a point was not his motivation at the weekend.
"I mean, I wasn't trying to answer (the criticism), because I didn't give it any validation in the first place," he was quoted as saying by The Denver Post. "We had a good plan, and ... guys caught the ball well."
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