For Manning and Colts, Super Bowl Loss Lingers

INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning used to tell his father that he would almost rather the Indianapolis Colts not make the playoffs if they were going to lose, preferring the hope for the future provided by finishing the regular season with a few consecutive victories than the crashing emptiness of losing the final game of the season.
Manning would surely have chosen a different ending to last season, when the Colts lost in the Super Bowl to the Saints.