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Peyton Manning: Critics can “shove [it] where the sun don’t shine”

Peyton Manning warmed up Sunday. Did he ever. (Jack Dempsey / AP)

After leading the Denver Broncos to their 11th victory on a cold Colorado field, Peyton Manning was still a little hot under the collar about talk that he isn’t a cold-weather quarterback.

He may have stumbled a few weeks ago in New England, but on Sunday, with a game-time temperature of 14 degrees, he completed 39-of-59 passes for 397 yards four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Afterward, he showed just how deeply cut he was by criticism that he can’t play in frigid temps.

“Whoever wrote that narrative can shove that one where the sun don’t shine,” he told KOA Radio. “I felt pretty good out there today.”

Strong words for the man Ron Burgundy called “a succulent baby lamb” last week. Unquestionably, he was motivated by a couple of big records that are within reach, too, with three games left. With 45 touchdown passes and 4,522 yards passing, Manning can break Tom Brady’s record of 50 TD passes. He needs only 319 passing yards per game to break Drew Brees’s record of 5,476. Makes for one fired-up, succulent baby lamb.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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