To be fair, the last loss came a full eight seasons ago, in the divisional playoffs against the Patriots. Also, Manning has more than his share of cold-weather success in the regular season, going 7-5 with five 300-yard games. That includes Denver's regular-season finale against Kansas City on Dec. 30, the second game in which he tested out the glove, and the first NFL home game he's ever played with the temperature under 40. His former team, the Colts, played in a dome.
“For wearing it for the first time in my entire football career, I guess you could say it's been OK the past two weeks,” Manning said after that game.
More than OK. Manning's completion percentage was 5.8 points higher and his passer rating was 19.2 points better with the glove than without. (Small reminder: The opponents in those two games finished a combined 7-25.) Some observers, quick in the past to point out that Manning's passes have often flown with a bit of a wobble, have noticed less of that since he donned the glove.
“I love the glove, love the glove,” tight end Jacob Tamme said. “There's no difference. Other than seeing it, I would never know that he's got it on. So, whatever works.”
Which is sort of coach John Fox's attitude, as well.
“I think a lot will be made of that,” Fox said. “I think a lot of people can relate to that. If it gets cold out, you wear gloves. I don't think it's a big factor. I think it's a lot about nothing.”
And though Manning has been preparing for cold weather for about a month now, he prefers not to talk about it much.
“You've got to play, whatever it is, so that's not something you think about,” he said.