Manning dinked and dunked against the Ravens more than he had all season, to increasingly ineffective results. Whether it was the weather, Baltimore's defense or the strain of a long season, Manning didn't seem ready to test the Ravens up the field. After hitting on more deep throws than commonly realized for much of the season, the Broncos were station-to-station down the stretch.
"(Manning) has learned in his offseason throwing sessions he still isn't throwing as well as he did before his four neck surgeries, but it's not bothering him, I'm told, because he knows nerve regeneration can take years," SI.com's Peter King wrote in his "Monday Morning Quarterback" column. "He's learned to use what he has and not worry about what he doesn't have."