Really wish I had seen these statistics before I bet on the Panthers. Now, don't get me wrong, I still think this matchup has all the makings of a goddamn blowout, but if this screen cap doesn't worry Panthers fans then I question their sanity. If I were them this would scare me more than Denver's defense. They should spend more time investigating the irony of these numbers then they do preparing for Von Miller. The Golden Boy has a chance to get to 200 total wins -and become the winningest quarterback in NFL history- with a victory in the last game of his career? Not only that, but the quarterback that has been most often ridiculed for his inability to win in the postseason has a chance to finish his career with a winning playoff record and a .500 Super Bowl record? How did we get here? I know Peyton Manning isn't good in the playoffs. I've seen it. I watched him fail year after year in the first round. These potential statistics could change the whole narrative that Peyton Manning was a great regular season quarterback that regressed when the stage was at it's biggest. I don't want that narrative to die. I have watched it grow. I don't want it to become unrecognizable as a teenager. They are so much cuter when they are younger, and that goes for the anecdotal evidence surrounding Peyton Manning's career as well. It's not that I hate him, but I don't feel like questioning everything else I have ever known.
Like I said, from what I have seen on the football field I don't think that the Denver Broncos have any chance of winning the Super Bowl. If we are being honest I was already treating Super Bowl Sunday as nothing more than a day to drink and eat too much. Intently watching a competitive football game wasn't part of the itinerary. I had already given up on that hope when the Broncos tipped and intercepted Tom Brady's game tying two point conversation attempt. The Panthers putting up 49 points on the Cardinals only reinforced my belief that the Broncos couldn't keep up with them. Somehow the only thing that has me questioning that belief is some random screenshot from ESPN, because life isn't supposed to work out this well for anyone and it's lining up perfectly for Peyton Manning.