If you thought that Peyton Manning could not win in sub-freezing temperatures, you were just proven wrong at least for one week.
With a temperature in the teens and the wind chill bringing it to single digits, Manning threw for almost 400 yards and four touchdowns while throwing the ball 59 times. How about that for underperforming in the cold? Manning even said in the post-game interview that critics “can stick it where the sun don’t shine.”
Pretty gutsy of Manning to say, but he did prove to them that he can be successful in the colder weather. I look at it as Manning taking the first step towards being able to figure out how to knock off the ultimate rival, Mother Nature.
This will not be the last time that we hear about Manning in the cold weather. He is now 4-7 in cold weather games, so according to said critics, he still has a lot to prove. But as the season and now postseason rolls around since the Denver Broncos have now punched their ticket to the postseason, Manning can now silence critics one at a time.
If they get all the way to the Super Bowl and win in the cold northeast that is New Jersey, the critics should be silenced once and for all. Then, we will not be talking about his failures in the cold weather, but rather how he combated the weather and rose to the top once again.
Chances are this Thursday’s game against the San Diego Chargers could be a cold one as well on top of being on a short week, but it’s another test to see if Manning can silence a few more critics while beating a division rival.