Of all the people to do down as the worst Super Bowl winning quarterback in history, it's perhaps the best regular season quarterback of all time. That's just professional sports for you I guess. I am not saying we haven't seen defenses that were predominantly responsible for their team's championships, but usually their offense is at least present for it. The Broncos didn't just feel comfortable when Carolina had the ball, they felt more comfortable than when they, themselves, had the ball. After the Von Miller strip sack to make it 10-0 in the first quarter it felt like the Broncos decided to put it in cruise control. One of the most accomplished quarterbacks in history and his team didn't even think it was worth it to make a real legitimate attempt at putting more points on the board.
People will be quick to mention the Trent Dilfer's and Brad Johnson's of the world, because they didn't need to toss the ball around the yard to win a championship, but at least they could toss the ball around the yard. Take a look at Peyton's interception last night...
The first thing I said after that happened last night was "oh my god, I can throw a better ball than that" and I truly believe it. I'm pretty sure I audibly gasped as it left his hand. Peyton Manning looked like the horse that comes gimping down the stretch that is for sure getting sent to the glue factory after he finishes. The only difference is that he actually won the race. A quarterback that threw 9 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in the regular season, and had all of two extensive drives in his last two games combined won the Super Bowl. There have been plenty of successful game managers, but I can't even call what Peyton did "managing". The Broncos basically stuck him in the stock room, and hoped that he wouldn't completely submarine the entire operation. I am glad that he got the opportunity to go out on top (if he tries to come back the NFL needs to step in and force him out to pasture), but my God was it in inglorious fashion. Peyton Manning basically won a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' last night, but against all odds it was in the form of a Lombardi Trophy.
P.S. Last night's biggest loser was Brock Osweiler. Sure, he gets to call himself a champion, but last night was likely the only time he will be the best quarterback on a Super Bowl team, and he didn't even get to play.