There may be no better quarterback during the regular season, but Peyton Manning’s resume during the playoffs is still doubted by some.
Victory tonight against the Seattle Seahawks would give Manning two Super Bowl victories, the same amount as his brother Eli and only four signal-callers have won more.
He would become the only quarterback to win the big game with two different teams after moving from the Indianapolis Colts to the Denver Broncos just two years ago.
Manning is feeling a little more at home this year after a tough playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens last year:
“I feel more comfortable this year than I did last year,” he said. “Last year, I felt like a visitor the entire time. It wasn’t the Broncos. The Broncos made me feel as welcome as they possibly could.
“You feel like an outsider. It’s probably because I was so entrenched in one organization for so long. You can’t just transition right away. This year, I can’t tell you how much more comfortable I feel.”
Manning will face the Seattle Seahawks, a team full of hard-nosed defensive players like Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor. The Seahawks are led by second-year quarterback Russell Wilson, but his inexperience will not stand in the way of success according to his teammates:
"The ability for him to stay level throughout anything is what is going to help him in this situation," wide receiver Doug Baldwin said. "There's so much hype about the Super Bowl. The surroundings, the distractions. He's so level on everything that he does, that I don't think those distractions are going to have any implications on him. When we get to game time, he's going to be the same Russell Wilson that he's been the entire season.”
Even 62-year old head coach Pete Carroll has faith in the young QB when he addressed the media earlier this week:
"He's ready for this opportunity," Carroll said. "He's readied himself throughout his playing career — in all sports. He's got a great savvy about him and I think he'll continue to show that. I don't expect anything to change for gameday.”
Concerns about hosting the game in a cold-weather area have been put aside with recent forecasts. The temperature should be at around 40 degrees Fahrenheit by kick-off and hopefully the conditions will provide for a great game.