Broncos' hopes rest on Manning's shoulders

Broncos QB Peyton Manning throws a pass during Week 17. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

Broncos QB Peyton Manning throws a pass during Week 17. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:16 AM ET

DENVER - Now that the Seahawks have flexed their damp muscles by beating up on the visiting New Orleans Saints in a driving Seattle rainstorm Saturday, the spotlight shifts to the other No. 1 seed in the NFL playoff dance — the Denver Broncos.

And, specifically, directly onto the veteran shoulders of Peyton Manning.

Prior to the season, the Seahawks and Broncos were popular picks among the so-called experts to clash in the Super Bowl Feb. 2 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The Seahawks held serve on Saturday, laying a physical beatdown on the Saints 23-15. Believe us when we tell you the score flattered the Saints, who never really gave you the impression they had a shot in this one even though they lost by just one score.

The suffocating Seahawks defence that swallowed up Drew Brees all afternoon is the type of dominating unit that can lead a team all the way to the NFL’s title game.


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