Even at close of playoffs, Peyton Manning taking it one game at a time

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DENVER — Head coach John Fox talked Thursday about his relationship with Peyton Manning. It’s more than just professional.

“You just get to know people and you become friends,” Fox said. “I look at him as a friend as well as a player that plays for us.”

It’s been a crazy ride for both. Manning made it clear. Right now he can’t look at possibly playing in his third Super Bowl.

“When you go through a significant injury and a major kind of career change, you truly go one year at a time,” Manning said. “You don’t look past what’s going on now because you are not sure what’s going to happen because tomorrow is not promised.”

Manning’s focus all week has been about practice, figuring out how to beat the Patriots and scoring as many points as they possibly can. Denver struggled at New England in the second half of its November matchup.

“We want to do our best to get into the end zone,” Manning said. “That’s an emphasis every single week. It’s definitely a major point of emphasis this week.”

“Making sure that every drive, every possession we have that we are moving the football, we are not turning it over,” said Broncos Reciever Eric Decker. “When you are talking about the playoffs, you are taking about opportunities.”

The expectations are that lots of points will be scored again. Especially with the caliber of quarterbacks in this game. The Broncos defense has dealt with injuries, but they don’t care. This is a challenge they are ready for.

“We’re not going to let that happen again,” said Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton. It’s kind of better that we have been through the ups and downs, the adversity, the injuries. I think it’s molded us to be a better team.”