I’ve never been a Peyton Manning fan. The Gators under Steve Spurrier beat him all the time, and I got the impression he was overhyped. In the pros, Manning usually lost the biggest games, though he did manage to beat my Bears (with Gator Rex Grossman) in the Super Bowl. Then the Broncos signed Manning and traded Tim Tebow, the greatest Gator, who had just led Denver to the playoffs.

But I have a confession to make. This year I started to like Manning. At age 37, he’s overcome four–count ’em, four–neck surgeries to lead the Broncos to the Super Bowl. He seems like a regular guy, a good guy, a fanatical worker, and I’ve decided to stop rooting against him.

That said, he faces a tough task today against a premier Seattle defense. The game is a toss-up, and a lot depends on whether Manning has time to throw and whether Seattle can run the ball. So the game will be won or lost, I believe, in the trenches.

The bottom line: I hope Manning plays well, but I expect the Seahawks defense to play just a little bit better. Seattle 26, Denver 23.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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