DENVER – Archie Manning's eyes began watering up behind his glasses, his voice catching as he tried to relay the emotion of earlier Sunday, of before Denver 20, New England 18, before middle son Peyton assured at least one more game, before that son advanced to his fourth Super Bowl and the Manning family's sixth.
For Archie, all these years, all these games as a football star turned football father, this one felt like it might be too much to ask, that this might be it for an aging, fading, injured Peyton Manning in the face of those relentless Patriots.
So there on Sunday morning, Archie and his wife Olivia quietly reminded each other to soak it all in because there might not be another game. They wound up crying.
"[We] had a moment," Archie said postgame. "Just kind of talked about how no matter what happens it's been a great rodeo. It's been 18 good years. I don't know what is going to happen. I promise you we haven't talked about it. You just savor. It's a special day."
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