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Denver brings dominant defense into Super Bowl 50

Peyton Manning wanted to make one thing perfectly clear when he arrived in the Golden Gate City for the golden anniversary of the Super Bowl: "Our defense is what got us here."

Von Miller, Chris Harris Jr., Derek Wolfe, all sideline spectators last time, leading the way.

His boss, John Elway, said something similar 17 years ago before riding off into that orange sunset with a second Super Bowl ring. Manning can do the same Sunday if he musters one more magical performance out of his 39-year-old body and that quick mind.

Two years ago, Manning brought along the league's top offense — in fact, the highest-scoring team in NFL history — and things...