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NFL: Ray Lewis, Peyton Manning meet one last time
NFL playoffs » The QB has won past nine games vs. retiring linebacker’s Ravens.


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The Broncos like to think they’ve been playing playoff football for a while. Manning certainly has. All the doubts about his throwing motion, the strength of his neck and the chemistry with his receivers have pretty much been erased over a season in which he threw for 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns.

One of the few remaining question marks is Manning’s 0-3 playoff record in games played when the temperature is below 40 degrees. The high in Denver on Saturday is forecast to be 20. Manning has been practicing and playing with a glove on his throwing hand for the last few weeks — a nod to the reality of the changed feel of his grip since his neck surgeries. Everything else, however, remains the same concerning his preparation.

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"I had an old coach who used to always say, ‘If all of a sudden you have to do something different in the postseason to get ready to play, that means you probably haven’t been doing the right things during the regular season to get ready to play,’ " Manning said. "So I’ve always tried to prepare every single week as if it was a playoff game or the Super Bowl, whatever it is. That’s your job as an NFL player."

If Manning does his job this week, he will bring Lewis’ career to an end with only one Super Bowl title while the quarterback will remain in line for his second. Lewis insists the Ravens are ready.

"Arguably, they are the best team in football," he said. "If that’s what it is, then let’s line up and let’s be who we are, and let’s get ready to play the best team in football."




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