Is it possible that the Denver Broncos are a team of destiny? It seems like the script has been writing itself for the last four years. John Elway was handed a football team without a real quarterback, so he went out and got one of the greatest of all time. He was given a mission, and Super Bowl 50 looks like it will be the last chance for this mission to final be accomplished.
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Peyton Manning, the old sheriff with one last shoot out in his future, will take the field as the sentimental favorite. Much like Elway before him, it will be his posse that carries the team. Von Miller and the defense will have to put Manning on their backs like they have done all year, like Terrell Davis did in 1997.
Cam Newton and Carolina Panthers enter the Super Bowl as heavy favorites. Much like Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packer, the Panthers quarterback is hard to pick against. With a nearly unblemished record, the expectation is a big win for the young gun. The old sheriff has struggled in these situations in the past. Now he is older, slower, and less likely to be the catalyst to victory.
Funny thing about destiny; everyone has a right to it.
Maybe that is why the word, destiny, is so comforting. Hollywood loves this kind of story, so it all has to work out. Elway and Manning will finish this ride, but it will be newcomers that run the show. Wade Phillips has created a feared defense, and Gary Kubiak has masterfully managed his new job as Head Coach. Now they will use the tools that have served them well all season to try and give Denver, Manning, and Elway the one thing that has eluded this marriage all along – a Super Bowl.
Funny thing about destiny; everyone has a right to it. Destiny can only truly be claimed after the fact. Numbers, and stories, and historical similarities can be thrown around by media and fans until the clichéd cows come home. In the end, it won’t be until after the game that we can say the Broncos were a team of destiny. It sure will feel good.