Additionally...Manning isn't all *that* great of a threat either. His pitiful performance in Super Bowl exposed his weaknesses when playing against a true Super Bowl worthy caliber team...Seattle. The donkey's weren't a Super Bowl caliber team, had they been, they wouldn't have lost as pathetically as they did. They had a 2013 season of which many opponents had mediocre or bad defenses. They also had refs at times appear to protect Manning by allowing his O-Line to choke hold opposing defenses without being flagged for it.
Whether those refs intentionally helped Manning or not, is questionable or debatable no doubt. He's the NFL's biggest money maker with endorsements, and he's the media's biggest money maker too, in that coverage of him draws high ratings/profits/sponsor dollars. If Manning was seriously hurt, couldn't play...money is lost on many levels of the NFL & it's partners. Most would protect their business investments, including human....IE: a billion dollar investment value NFL QB - Manning.
The officiating in the Super Bowl was fair, no protection for Manning like he'd had often in the regular season, and Manning was pressured unlike he'd been all season. As is his history, Manning chokes when under pressure, and he stayed true to that history playing in SB 2014. He's struggling with age, arthritic & troubled joints, including his knees & neck, and his throwing arm isn't what it once was. He has publicly admitted such.
The donkey's better hope Lady Luck and the refs are on their side again in 2014.