Sunday afternoon, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos defeated Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to claim the AFC Championship and clinch a trip to the Super Bowl, exactly what everyone envisioned when John Elway lured Manning to Denver prior to last season.
Yes, the Broncos will be making a return trip to the NFL promised land, a place where they have not been since after the 1998 season when Elway won the second of his two consecutive rings and then retired not long after.
To celebrate the accomplishment, Monday morning’s edition of the Denver Post applauds the performance of Manning and the rest of the team with this commemorative cover:
That’s a perfect, and fitting, headline, but man it’s a stark contrast from a week ago where right before they Broncos were set to face off with the San Diego Chargers in their Divisional Round match up, the headline pointed toward a ‘dark cloud’ over Manning’s head in reference to his past playoff struggles.
What a difference a week–and an AFC Championship trophy–can make, huh?