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Von Miller, Broncos defense ensure storybook ending for Peyton Manning

Von Miller, Broncos defense ensure storybook ending for Peyton Manning

The ultimate storybook ending would have had Peyton Manning, the master of pre-snap machinations, directing a game-winning drive as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

Fortunately, behind the suffocating power of the best defense in the NFL this season, the Broncos didn't find themselves in need of a score as the fourth quarter wound down Sunday night at Levi's Stadium. That's a good thing because the 39-year-old Manning has been a shell of his former five-time MVP self and entered with the worst statistics of a starting quarterback in Super Bowl history — he had nine touchdown passes and 17 interceptions in the regular season.

But one of the most prolific passers in...

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