AFC title game aftermath: Peyton Manning gets $2M bonus, Tom Brady absorbs 20 hits

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Quarterback Peyton Manning will receive an additional $2 million bonus for leading the Denver Broncos back to Super Bowl, Real GM confirmed on Monday.

Manning, who will make a return trip to NFL biggest stage following the Broncos 20-18 win over the defending champion New England Patriots, agreed to receive less last offseason, but with a condition that he will receive $2 million if Denver reaches the Super Bowl and another $2 million if they will it all.

“Manning agreed to a pay cut last offseason with bonuses of $2 million for reaching the Super Bowl and another $2 million if they win the Super Bowl,” according to Real GM.

The former MVP winner struggled with injuries in the regular-season and even lost his starting role to his backup Brock Osweiler. However, head coach Gary Kubiak decided to switch back to Manning for the remainder of the season and the postseason.

On the other hand, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady might be still grimacing in pain after being hit 20 times in the AFC championship game.

Brady, who was just hit once in the divisional round game with the Kansas City Chiefs, seemed to have a big bulls-eye on his back all game long as the Broncos’ defense relentlessly found ways to hit him.

They’ve got some great pass rushers,” Brady told reporters following the AFC title match via Real GM. “They have interior pass rushers, they’ve got some outside rushers. I think you complement that with great coverage. It was just tough for us to ever get into a rhythm.

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