The two kids from Northern California burst from NFL afterthought to championship contender in eerily similar fashion a decade apart.
Tom Brady and Colin Kaepernick, each playing in a conference title game this weekend, are bookends to a fortuitous moment in quarterback history. On one side are the likes of Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, still scintillating in their mid-30s. Read More
No matter where his season or his career might end, Joe Flacco will always have The Fling.
And Peyton Manning will always have to live with that throw he made, too.
Flacco’s desperation 70-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in regulation saved the game for the Baltimore Ravens in regulation and Manning’s throw across his body in overtime all but lost it for the Denver Broncos. Read More
The Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons, who tied for the league’s best record at 13-3, are well aware of one of the NFL’s biggest truisms: more often than not, the regular season is for suckers.
Over the last decade, just two of the 13 teams that had the best regular season record — or tied for the best mark — went on to win the Super Bowl: the ’02 Buccaneers and the ’03 Patriots. Read More
Peyton Manning ruined Dennis Allen’s homecoming Sunday when the Denver Broncos handed the Raiders their worst loss in this heated AFC West rivalry in a half-century.
Manning picked apart a secondary filled with backups, then walked off the field with a clean jersey and a smile a mile wide as the Broncos bounced back from back-to-back close losses with a resounding 37-6 rout of their archrival. Read More
Peyton Manning got the jump on the 49ers. The 49ers overtook him in the end, though.
David Akers kicked four of his five field goals in the second half and San Francisco withstood Peyton Manning’s first two touchdown passes since joining the Denver Broncos to give the 49ers a 29-24 exhibition victory on Sunday. Read More
The 49ers may have pursued Peyton Manning in March, but today, it will be San Francisco’s defense attempting to bag the 11-time Pro Bowl quarterback.
“Playing against a team and a quarterback of his caliber ... you basically get to see where you stand at with him,” defensive tackle Ricky Jean François said of Manning. Read More
While there won’t be any drama involving the Raiders this preseason, the 49ers do have an interesting schedule in preparing for their defense of the NFC West championship.
As expected, the annual 49ers-Raiders game was scrapped after violence — including two shootings — erupted during and after last year’s exhibition at Candlestick Park.
Instead, Niners coach Jim Harbaugh’s second exhibition schedule features three AFC teams — including a matchup against Peyton Manning. Read More
Despite the near-hysteria of the last two weeks, it seems that Peyton Manning never seriously thought of coming to the 49ers.Consider: Read More
Signing Peyton Manning would get 49ers fans very excited, but it could be a disastrous move.
History tells us that quarterbacks who have built a Hall of Fame résumé with one team, as Manning certainly has, usually can’t replicate their success with new teams.
The one exception in 60 years is Norm Van Brocklin, who went from the Rams to the Eagles and led Philadelphia to an NFL championship. Read More
Before Jerry Rice said the 49ers should sign Peyton Manning, he should have thought back to the history of the team when he was there.
In 1993, Joe Montana returned after missing all but one quarter of one game in the previous two years because of injuries. Steve Young had been the league MVP one of those years, but coach George Seifert said Montana would be the starting quarterback going into training camp. Read More