Back on the biggest stage
With the Broncos’ victory for the AFC championship, Peyton Manning earned a spot in the Super Bowl for the fourth time. A look at his three previous appearances:
Super Bowl XLI
Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17
Date: Feb. 4, 2007 • Site: Miami Gardens, Fla.
Manning’s stats: 25-for-38, 247 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Comment: In a rain-soaked game, Manning earns MVP honors by overcoming an early interception and leading the Colts on five scoring drives, including a TD pass. Indianapolis outscores the Bears 23-3 after the first quarter.
Super Bowl XLIV
New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17
Date: Feb. 7, 2010 • Site: Miami Gardens, Fla.
Manning’s stats: 31-for-45, 333 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Comment: Down 10-6 at halftime, the Saints swing momentum with a successful onside kick to open the second half. The Colts trailed 24-17 when Manning was intercepted by Tracy Porter, who returned the pick 76 yards for a TD.
Super Bowl XLVIII
Seattle 43, Denver 8
Date: Feb. 2, 2014 • Site: East Rutherford, N.J.
Manning’s stats: 34-for-49, 280 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTS
Comment: The game got away from Manning and the Broncos from the start, when the shotgun snap on the first play from scrimmage sailed past Manning’s head and ended up a safety for Seattle. The Broncos didn’t score until Manning’s TD pass on the last play of the third quarter.