|Peyton Manning has worn a glove the past two games and has been more accurate than he was without one. (US Presswire)|
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But this was the first time he won for a performance he turned in wearing a glove on his throwing hand, which he started doing in practice in December and then committed to in the last two regular-season games against Cleveland and Kansas City.
Broncos coach John Fox said the glove was "a cold-weather thing."
After playing his home games from 1998-2010 in the controlled confines of the RCA Dome and Lucas Oil Stadium, Manning now faces outdoor, late-season home games for the first time as a pro.
"You know, 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.
More than OK, really. During his two games with a glove, Manning's completion percentage is 5.8 percent higher (73.6 to 67.8) and his quarterback rating is 19.2 points higher (122.7 to 103.5) than it was without a glove.
Both are well above his career late-season and playoff numbers in games played in outdoor road games -- 63.9 percent and an 87.2 rating, respectively, when factoring in games played in the final six games of the regular season plus postseason.
By comparison, in those same late-season and playoff windows, Manning's career completion percentage and quarterback rating for games played inside are 66.7 percent and 100.6, respectively.
So who can blame him for trying something different -- especially when he's 40-19 as a starter in late-season and playoff games played indoors and 23-22 in late-season and playoff road games held outdoors?
Manning's receivers didn't notice anything different the past two weeks, either -- just the same, efficient quarterback who had the second-best season of his career.
"That's been pretty impressive to see him throw the glove on and it's like it's not even there. It's working great," TE Jacob Tamme said.
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