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Manning on top form for grand finale

By Pat Smith

Denver Broncos superstar quarterback Peyton Manning returns to the game's grandest stage, the Super Bowl, for what might be his final NFL game.

Manning - who guided the Indianapolis Colts to two Super Bowls, winning one - will be the first quarterback to take multiple teams to the big game multiple times when he plays against Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, just outside San Francisco, tomorrow night.

He would be the first to win a Super Bowl with two different teams.

The Broncos have been far less convincing than the Panthers this season, Manning briefly becoming a backup to Brock Osweiller through a combination of loss of form and injury.

But the 39-year-old looked back to something approaching his best when leading his Broncos team to victory against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

Manning hailed the ability of his opposite number, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

"Cam Newton is the MVP of the league," Manning said.

"No doubt in my mind he'll be the MVP."

Manning said he feels Newton's elaborate celebrations after scoring are good for the game.

Manning added that he has a few celebrations of his own up his sleeve.

"If I rush for a touchdown on Sunday, believe me, I'll be celebrating," he said.

A crowd of 70,000 is expected for the game at Levi's Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers. Coldplay will be performing in the half-time show.

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