Denver Broncos veteran quarterback Peyton Manning nets an additional $2 million bonus for winning his battle against rival QB Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon.
Manning will have to thank his team’s defense against Brady and New England’s offense as Denver notched the 20-18 victory to advance to Super Bowl 50 where they will face the winner of the NFC championship game between the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers.
Manning was trailing Brady in the quarterbacks’ battle over the last decade with just 5 wins against Brady’s 11 wins in their head-to-head match-up. But in the 17th meeting, the 39-year-old Manning got the better of Brady finishing with 176 passing yards on 17-of-32 completions with 2 touchdowns.
Brady played well with 310 yards on 27-of-56 completions but had a lone touchdown and two crucial interceptions. At 3rd and 5 at the Patriots’ 46-yard mark, Brady threw an interception with 4:15 to go in the first half and with New England trailing, 14-9 in the scoreboard. The Broncos eventually made a field goal before halftime and grabbed the 17-9 lead entering the second half.
Manning, who had a pay cut entering what is believed to be his final NFL season, can earn another $2 million on top of his current salary if the Broncos manage to win Super Bowl 50, according to RealGM.
Manning signed a two-year deal worth $34M with the Broncos in the last offseason.
A 14-time NFL Pro Bowler, Manning will return to the NFL championship game for the fourth time and he will be aiming for just his second Super Bowl title after winning the championship with the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI in 2007 when he won the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award.
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