Since his release from the Indianapolis Colts, anticipation has built around Peyton Manning's first face-off against his replacement. With both the Colts and Broncos in the playoffs, many thought their first match up would come in January. Although the Colts' Wildcard loss to the Ravens made this scenario impossible, the Colts will not have to wait long for the reunion. The Broncos will visit Lucas Oil Stadium during the 2013 season.
Upon the news of Manning's release, many Colts fans were upset with CEO and owner Jim Irsay's decision. Rookie QB Andrew Luck's amazing performance in 2012 seemed to heal the wounds faster than expected. After a remarkable turnaround season, the Colts have rebounded and are ready for what should be the game of the season.
Going head to head with Manning is a challenge for any quarterback, let alone a rookie. Recently being named Comeback Player of the Year, Peyton has proven he is still as good as he ever was.
With a year of experience and a playoff appearance under his belt, Luck will certainly be up for the challenge. After setting three rookie records, Luck is expected to become a football legend. While he may have room to grow, Luck has definitely proven he has the skills and fortitude to get the job done.
The media will relish in the story and it would be shocking if it were not televised as a prime time game. It will be interesting to see how Indianapolis reacts to the situation. Will Indianapolis embrace his return? Will fans wear #18? Or will a heated rivalry begin? Despite what hype the game will bring, in the end, it all comes down to 60 minutes of football.