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Broncos brave frigid temperatures in Super Bowl practice



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Peyton Manning found no need to dunk his right hand in a bucket of ice water Thursday - it was 9 degrees when the Broncos returned to their practice field for the first time since clinching a spot in next week's Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium.

"Anytime you can have ... a situation that you can simulate during practice that might be in a game, that's always a good thing," said Manning, his breath vaporizing as he spoke from the podium after the two-hour workout.

Manning, who spent much of his career inside in Indianapolis, has prepared for some cold-weather games since coming to Denver in 2012 by soaking his right hand in ice water.

He welcomed the blast of wintry weather after a relatively balmy stretch of January, which included a 63 degree Sunday afternoon when he led the Broncos past the New England Patriots for the AFC title.

The knock on Manning is that for all his greatness he crumbles in the cold and in the playoffs - he has just one championship ring in 12 previous trips to the postseason, eight of which ended in first-round exits, including last year's double-overtime loss to Baltimore on a frigid night in Denver.

Manning could take care of both of those criticisms next week when the Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in East Rutherford, N.J., in the first outdoor Super Bowl ever held in a cold-weather city.

With a win, he would be the first quarterback to lead two teams to the title.

Although it's too early for forecasters to predict what the weather will be, there's a decent chance for freezing temperatures or snow by kickoff on the night of Feb. 2.

Although Manning is 167-73 in the regular season, he's 11-11 in the playoffs. And he's 4-7 in games that are below freezing at kickoff, although some of those were games where he played sparingly because the Colts had already locked up playoff seeding. Others were against New England, when the Patriots clearly had the better team.

And Manning did complete 39 passes for 397 yards and four touchdowns against Tennessee last month when the temperature at kickoff in Denver was 18 degrees.

If the Broncos beat the Seahawks - and they're favored by oddsmakers for the 30th straight game - Manning will match little brother Eli's two Super Bowl rings.

Eli said Peyton doesn't have to beat Seattle to secure his legacy, however.

"I think Peyton's already created his own legacy," Eli said during a conference call Thursday. "He's played at a very high level for a long period of time and he's overcome injuries and obviously set numerous records and been on a lot of playoff teams, playing in his third Super Bowl."

Peyton's resume is impressive: 13-time Pro Bowler, seven-time All-Pro and odds-on favorite to win his fifth MVP after setting NFL records by throwing for 55 TDs and 5,447 yards.

Eli does not think the cold will be a factor in the game, either.

"I don't think this hurts or helps either team," he said. "Peyton has been in Denver this year and played outside in a lot of cold games. I think obviously if it were to snow or be very windy, it could be a disadvantage to the Broncos, just because how much they like to throw the ball, compared to Seattle and their running game.

"For the most part, it's really going to be the best team that is going to win, whoever plays the best football that day. It's going to come down to that and execution. The weather isn't going to decide the game."

Although the Seahawks are more run-oriented, the Broncos do have a good 1-2 punch in running backs Knowshon Moreno, who grew up 45 minutes from the Meadowlands, and Montee Ball, who combined for 2,290 yards from scrimmage and 17 touchdowns this season.

Denver safety Mike Adams, who's also from New Jersey, scoffed at the notion that inclement weather could hurt the Broncos.

"We're talking about the Super Bowl. I'm not worried about the cold, I promise you that," Adams said. "Weren't we practicing in like minus-3 degree weather here? So I'm definitely not worried about any cold weather. If anything, I'm worrying about them cancelling the game."

The NFL's contingency plans call for the game to be played anywhere from Friday, Jan. 31, to Monday, Feb. 3, in case of a major snowstorm.

Manning - who is 10-3 while wearing a glove on his throwing hand the last two seasons - and the Broncos are embracing the elements.

"We practice in the cold all the time. I think we practiced indoors one time," Denver pass-rusher Shaun Phillips said. "We're definitely cold weather bred, and we'll be ready for it."

Notes: K Matt Prater (illness) didn't practice. Neither did DT Mitch Unrein (knee). RB Knowshon Moreno (ribs) was limited.

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AP Sports Writer Tom Canavan contributed.

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doug60plus January 24 2014 at 7:06 AM

Earl Morrall led the Baltamore Colts and the Miami Dolphins to the Super Bowl
He replaced Johnny Unitis in Baltamore and was the starting Q Back for 11 or 12 of the Dolphins 17 & 0 perfect season.
Thus he is a Q Back to lead two different teams to the Super Bowl.

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johneljuan doug60plus January 24 2014 at 7:44 AM

starting quarterback.

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softailhd1 doug60plus January 24 2014 at 7:45 AM

Earl who? Baltamore is a fictional place invented by you. You need to learn to spell before you make up ****. Unitits is better than Unitis.

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Jack January 24 2014 at 10:07 AM

Hell, why don't we have basket ball games played outside, bunch of sissies. :>)

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TaRAa L0VeSs YoU Jack January 24 2014 at 10:17 AM

GHETTO STREET GAME

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English January 24 2014 at 1:56 PM

Yes, it seemed the refs gave the game to the Seahawks; but just because the refs overlooked an obvious infractions, it does not stop a coach from dropping a red flag to cause a Further Review.
So I was suprised the 49er coach did not toss 3 red flags to protest 3 obvious Grounding balls by the Seahawk quarter back, in stead of tossing a full blown hissey fit. Those lost tosses cost the 49ers game: May that cost their coach, 49er days of mooning.

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madcap.1 English January 24 2014 at 1:58 PM

your dreaming in one hand and wishing in the other. regardless of intentional grounding calls the sea hawks got manhandled

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fwalker1313 January 24 2014 at 10:04 AM

BEST TO BRONCOS AND MANNING. IRSAY DON'T YOU WISH YOU STILL HAD PEYTON?

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....MR. FARMER January 24 2014 at 1:20 PM

THE BRONCOS AND SEAHAWKS WILL BE FREEZING THEIR COLLECTIVE ASSES OF IN THE SUPER BOWL GAME UNDER THE MOST MISERABLE KIND OF PLAYING CONDITIONS IN THE WIND... RAIN
...SLEET...SNOW AND IN NEW JERSEY...I'LL BE AT HOME IN MY RECLINER WATCHING ON THE BIG SCREEN, NO LINES AT CONCESSION STANDS AND RESTROOMS ! ! ! BRONCOS WIN...I WIN...GO BRONCOS ! ! !

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David S. ....MR. FARMER January 24 2014 at 1:23 PM

So will I, but some people don't mind the cold.......besides, we don't know what the weather will be by Superbowl Sunday, I am hearing likely in the 30's.......that is cold, but not that cold.

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umpirerv January 24 2014 at 1:36 PM

Hey flyingfortresb17--- Think positive, if the TV fails you, try the Old Fashioned Way,-- Listen to the radio. and if all else fails on Feb. 2, surely there will be replays during the week. Words of Wisdom, put you money on the Broncos, they are going to ride out of the Meadowlands of their Great White Horse.

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umpirerv January 24 2014 at 1:27 PM

And after Peyton and the Broncos win the Super Bowl, Peyton will be yelling --- O---Ma ----Ha, Ha, Ha.

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The Texas Cowboy January 24 2014 at 9:54 AM

Its been a lot of years since I went to a Pro-football game & it was in the Astro-dome...now a situation has come up that I feel I want my say...I think its completely unfair for the powers that be to decide that there will be no "Tail-gating" parties allowed, which tells me that they are going to force the fans to buy only food/beverages from the stadium ( I hear from people that do go to the games & they claim that stadium food/beverages are very expensive & are not that good) & then to top it off they restrict how you can get to the stadium for the game, you can't drive, walk or be delivered by limo or cab, now you can buy a ticket from stadium busses ($50), so a person pays a lot of money to buy a SB ticket & thats not as for as their greed goes...to me its a lousy deal & they wonder why fans are staying home & watching the game on their 60" Tv sets but the only way that the NFL is going to listen is for fans not to buy the tickets & just stay home & have their own SB party, at lease the food will be better tasting...all these cost sure knock a lot of middle class people out of going to a SB game, with what I read the other day, if I lived next door to Metlife stadium I would not attemp a thought of paying, paying, paying to sit in the very cold weather (like prisoners)to watch the SB, the people that seem to control all the events have lost their minds, its like once they got your money for the ticket then they decided to shoot the "Mullets" like fish in a barrel because now its easy.......just my dimes worth.........

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fishhead80 January 24 2014 at 9:43 AM

Watch out Denver. I've heard that Seatle's Sherman can catch a football in one of his nostriles.

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Bob January 24 2014 at 9:38 AM

The way the media talks about athletes careers it seems as though if a super star such as Peyton is, he's a failure if he doesn't win championships all the time. I guess you could then say people like Ernie Banks are the ultimate losers. Hall of Fame notwithstanding

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Donna Bob January 24 2014 at 9:55 AM

The media love to build heroes, only to tear them down again. Athletes, who are great at their sport, are a pleasure to watch. But this is all just entertainment. No one's lives are being saved because of a sport.
It's kind of sickening to watch the adulation and fawning over sports figures when our troops, the TRUE warriors and heroes, are pretty much ignored. Hell, Mitch McConnell, and the rest of the TeaThugliCANTS, don't even bother to pretend to give them the respect they have earned and deserve!!!

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