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NEW YORK---Peyton Manning s record-setting
season earned him his fifth Associated Press NFL
Most Valuable Player award Saturday night in a
No other player has won more than three.
Denver s record-setting quarterback, who threw
for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards in leading the
Broncos to the American Football Conference s best
record, earned 49 votes from a nationwide panel
of 50 media members who regularly cover the
league. New England quarterback Tom Brady got
the other vote.
Manning won his other MVPs with Indianapolis
in 2003, 04, 08 and 09. He also was the runner-
up last season to Adrian Peterson.
"I am humbled by this recognition and grateful
to my family, (Broncos owner) Pat Bowlen, John
Elway, John Fox and the entire Denver Broncos
organization, and of course, my coaches and my
teammates," Manning said in a prepared video
acceptance speech. He was not on hand as he gets
ready for Sunday s Super Bowl against Seattle.
"Now, I sent a couple of guys over there tonight
to pick up the trophy on my behalf: my father
Archie and my son Marshall. Thank you very much
and God bless you."
Archie Manning, holding his grandson Marshall
in his arms, accepted the award from two more
MVPs, Joe Montana and Aaron Rodgers.
Manning still trails several Hall of Famers for
total MVPs in their sport. Wayne Gretzky won nine
NHL MVPs, Barry Bonds owns seven in baseball,
and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won six in the NBA.
He also took the AP s Offensive Player of the
Year award for the second time. Elway accepted
the Offensive Player award on Manning s behalf.
Carolina grabbed two major awards, with Ron
Rivera winning AP NFL Coach of the Year and line-
backer Luke Kuechly voted top defensive player.
Broncos executive John Elway accepted the Offen-
sive Player award on Manning s behalf.
"I can say I have never seen a better year played
by a quarterback than Peyton Manning," Elway said.
"To see what he did this year, it was truly amaz-
Manning received 33 votes for that honour. He
also was runner-up last year to Peterson for Offensive
Player. This time, running back LeSean McCoy of
Philadelphia was second with ten votes, followed by
Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles with four.
Rivera engineered the Panthers turnaround from
a 7--9 record to 12--4, the NFC South title and a
first-round playoff bye. Kuechly keyed a defense
that allowed 241 points, less than every team except
NFC champion Seattle.
Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy and Jets
defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson were the top
rookies for 2013. (AP)
wins 5th MVP
award and AP
NEW JERSEY---Richard Sherman felt the
need to apologise.
While the rest of his team-mates bounced
around in celebration, Sherman hobbled on
a pair of crutches, the pain in his right ankle
keeping him from enjoying the rain storm
"This championship hat, winning, achiev-
ing a dream it really numbs the pain a lot.
It was really hurting and I was sad I let my
team-mates down I wasn t able to finish
the game," Sherman said. "I knew they
would step up for me and do that. This
feeling is just unbelievable. It s a dream
Led by its All-Pro cornerback, Seattle s
"Legion of Boom" secondary and the nas-
tiest defence in the NFL proved the strength
of the Seahawks was greater than the record-
setting arm of Peyton Manning in their
stunning 43--8 rout on Sunday night.
Sherman s night was, well, kind of boring.
After two weeks of so much attention land-
ing at Sherman s feet for what happened
at the end of the NFC championship game,
his Super Bowl night was rather unevent-
ful.That was by design. Manning wasn t
about to mess with arguably the best cor-
nerback in the NFL.
Manning carefully tried to avoid throwing
at Sherman, leaving the rest of his mates
in the secondary to make the plays. Safety
Kam Chancellor flattened Demaryius
Thomas on Denver s third offensive play, a
tone setting moment that epitomised what
Seattle was hoping to accomplish against
the Broncos talented receivers.
"I definitely think it did. It just sends a
message that anytime you come across the
middle you have a chance of getting
wrecked," Chancellor said. "And that s the
way we play on defence. We play physical.
We want to instill our will. We want to be
a grimy defense."
Chancellor later had an interception on
an overthrown pass, cornerback Byron
Maxwell forced a fumble in the third quarter
and safety Earl Thomas cleaned up every-
thing leftover---which wasn t much.
The result was one of the most lopsided
Super Bowl s ever against the most prolific
offense the league had even seen.
"You can never expect it but I wasn t
really shocked. I expected us to stand up,"
Sherman said. "I didn t expect us to give
up a whole lot of points. It s not our standard
to give up a whole lot of points. We haven t
done it all year. We knew we would play
That secondary got plenty of help along
with way from a defensive line that got
enough pressure to make Manning uncom-
fortable. They only sacked Manning once,
but disrupted the timing of the Broncos
pass game regularly.
Manning either made an extra pump, or
had to take an extra slide step because of
the pressure coming at him and the coverage
in the secondary.
And when the passes were thrown, there
was almost always someone there to make
the tackle. As was their approach all season,
Seattle was not going get beaten by the big
play. Everything was thrown underneath.
Denver s longest pass play was 23 yards.
"Tackling was going to be so important
in this game," Seattle defensive coordinator
Dan Quinn said. "It was something we stress
all the time, but for us when we play our
zone coverages how fast can we close and
really eliminate the yards after contact."
Sherman was targeted only once in the
first half when Manning threw a pass away
that floated out of bounds. It came during
the only drive of the half where Denver
threatened to score, only to get turned away
on fourth down.
Sherman was targeted more in the second
half and twice had to be tended to by trainers
for injuries. The last time finally sent him
to the locker room and left Sherman on
crutches and in a boot for the celebration.
But Sherman insisted he would be healthy
enough for the championship parade coming
tomorrow after the Seahawks gave a per-
formance that showed their success goes
beyond their spotlighted secondary.
"It s a lot of guys a lot of people haven t
heard of and probably should be in the Pro
Bowl and All-Pros and things like that,"
Sherman said. "I think they learned how
complete of a team we are, how complete
our defence is.
"It s not just the Legion of Boom back
there with four guys who play good football."
Best defence in NFL
carries Seattle to title
Seattle Seahawks' Malcolm Smith holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super
Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, in East Rutherford, New
Jersey. The Seahawks won 43--8. AP PHOTO
VIENNA---Austria is in need of a new
flag bearer for Friday's opening
ceremony at the Winter Olympics as
Alpine skier Benjamin Raich has delayed
his trip to Sochi.
Raich will skip the February 14 super-
combined, the Austrian Olympic
Committee said Monday, which leaves
the giant slalom five days later as his
"I will fully focus on the giant slalom
and the slalom, so I will travel to Russia
one week later than initially planned,"
Raich said in an AOC statement.
Raich's start in the super-combined
had already been doubtful for weeks
because of the skier's persistent back
The injury also prevented the 35-year-
old Austrian from competing in a World
Cup super-combined in Wengen,
Switzerland, on January 17, which was
his last chance to meet the Olympic
qualifying criteria for the discipline set
However, the sport's governing body
granted him exception on medical
grounds and allowed him a start in the
The AOC will announce a new flag
bearer on Thursday. (AP)
Austria needs new flag bearer as Raich delays trip
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