Peyton Manning is in line to reach the third Super Bowl of his career with a win over the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon.
One problem is that standing in his way is Tom Brady, a quarterback that Manning has only beaten four times out of 14 match ups in his career.
The Denver Broncos survived a late scare last week against the San Diego Chargers to win 24-17. After dominating for most of the game, Manning needed to gain three first downs in order to seal the game. He did and in the process made up for last years dramatic defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens.
Meanwhile the Patriots simply outmatched the Indianapolis Colts 43-22 in their divisional game in Foxboro. Colts quarterback, Andrew Luck threw four interceptions meanwhile Tom Brady threw for only 198 yards. Legarrette Blount took the offensive strain instead, rushing for four touchdowns whilst Stevan Ridley scored two.
Brady has recovered from a minor bout of the flu in preparation for the game this week whilst receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins are questionable. Meanwhile Chris Harris has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season for the Broncos.
This week Manning talked about what it would mean to make another Super Bowl:
"We're excited about the opportunity. There is no question that we have come a long way in the two years that I have been here. I have certainly come a long way. A lot of people have helped me and have certainly put a lot of hard work into it, and it is very rewarding when you put [in] a lot of hard work and it pays off with the opportunity to play in a game like this."