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Peyton Manning's difficult ending

Going out on top is rare; Colts' longtime QB might or might not get that shot

Updated: February 2, 2012, 9:12 AM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- And so, inevitably, the conversation about perfect endings comes careening back toward John Elway, circa 1999. That sounds about right, doesn't it?

Thirteen years later Elway's escape into the rainy South Florida night, at the far edge of Super Bowl XXXIII and his transcendent victory with the Broncos over the Falcons, remains the most staggering, elusive example of a guy going out on top. And those ensuing years have done nothing if not cement what a long shot such ...

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