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Manning and the Colts went 14-2, but lost to the Steelers in the divisional round. The Bears were a perfect 11-0 during the regular season, but were upset by Sammy Baugh and the Redskins in the NFL Championship game. The 49ers went 13-3 and lost to Packers in the NFC championship.
Manning is certainly hoping for a better result than the last time he was in this situation. The Broncos have aspirations to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy, but there shouldn't be too many complaints about conference championship appearance or a trip to the Super Bowl.
History has been pretty good to two of those previous three teams. Manning certainly hopes to improve on what happened in 2005.
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