Peyton Manning is tired of people bringing up his play in cold weather. So tired in fact, that he broke character to tell those that subscribe to the ‘Peyton is bad in cold weather’ theory, to “shove it where the sun don’t shine.” You can’t blame Manning. You’d be tired of hearing about it too if you were him.
Last year the Denver Broncos were taken out of the playoffs at home by the ‘2013 team of destiny,’ the Baltimore Ravens, and it just so happened to take place in cold weather. On top of that, Manning threw an interception in overtime that ultimately cost the Broncos the game.
But it appears that the weather will be much different in 2014. Instead of freezing you know what cold, it appears game time temperatures will be in the high 30s and 40s. However, there’s still a chance of precipitation and it could be a little windy.
Here’s the local forecast from 7News (Broncos’ forecast at 2:19):
So while the conditions might not be ideal for Manning and the Broncos’ receivers, they’re not going to be anywhere near the extremes of last year, either.
We can talk about weather all we want leading up to the game, but the reality is that all players will be in the same conditions. Just like any other game, it’s going to boil down to execution.
Can Manning and the Broncos be successful with the forecast that’s projected? Absolutely. Denver is more talented than San Diego, but there’s no denying that the Chargers are the hot team right now. It won’t really be that shocking if they pull the upset. After all, Manning has lost to the Chargers twice before in the playoffs (08 & 09). Can he overcome another one of his stereotypes Sunday afternoon? We’ll all just have to tune in and find out.