CORVALLIS, Ore. — After suffering their first two-game road sweep in Pac-12 Conference play, the Colorado Buffaloes have abruptly moved from the league's pack of front-runners to a spot "in the muck," according to head coach Tad Boyle.
The silver lining of that discouraging shift?
The best thing for Peyton Manning is that he won the Super Bowl.
A close second — he never has to lace 'em up again.
Constantly harassed, never quite comfortable — sort of the way the whole season has played out — Manning walked away with his second Super Bowl title Sunday night, after Denver's defense all but handed him the Lombardi Trophy in a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Manning wouldn't budge on whether this was, in fact, his last game.
"I got some good advice from Tony Dungy," Manning said of the first of four coaches with whom he's been to the Super Bowl.
By Berry Tramel Columnist email@example.comPeyton Manning looked like an old quarterback Sunday night. Old Man Winner.
The Broncos beat the Panthers 24-10 Sunday night to give the 39-year-old Manning his second Super Bowl title.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch may have given indication he's retiring.
Lynch sent a tweet during the fourth quarter of Sunday night's Super Bowl with a pair of cleats hanging from a power line, along with an emoji depicting a peace sign.
Lynch's tweet was immediately followed by statement of thanks and congratulations from teammates including Richard Sherman and Bruce Irvin.
Von Miller and the rest of Denver's dominant defense realized the only way to ditch their doubters was to bring home the silver ball from the Golden Gate City.
There's no denying Denver now.
The Lombardi Trophy is headed back to the Mile High City, thanks to a defense that hammered Cam Newton like he'd never been hit and hounded the rest of the Carolina Panthers into bobbles, bumbles and fumbles in a 24-10 beat-down that was both epic and classic.
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The "Orange Rush" finished first in the NFL in sacks, yards per play, pass defense and total defense this season.