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Peyton Manning hunts following Denver Broncos' loss

Life could be worse for Peyton Manning.

Yes, his Denver Broncos were upset by the Baltimore Ravens in last week's divisional playoffs. Still, things are just fine for Manning. His neck works. He hasn't been Catfish'd. He's nowhere near the crime blotter.

Instead, he's traveling the country with old friend, Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, shooting rifles in the woods. We imagine this brings him great peace.

"He told me he killed, in one day, a duck in Colorado and a deer in Mississippi," Archie Manning told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Archie is Peyton and Eli's dad, of course.

"He's trying to get it out of his system," Archie said. "I don't know when that happens or how. But when he reflects on it, he's already said it, it was really a special year."

Archie's right about that. Back in September, Manning recalled throwing a football to Helton during the lockout that "nose-dived" straight to the ground. Now Manning has a very good chance of winning a fifth NFL MVP award.

On balance, it was a very good year.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

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