Peyton Manning has 2 million reasons to beat the Patriots Sunday

In what might be his final season, Peyton Manning will be motivated to beat the Patriots on Sunday and give the Broncos a chance at a Super Bowl title before he (maybe) rides off into the sunset.

But legacy isn't the only motivation he has: Manning also stands to make a pile of cash if the Broncos beat New England on Sunday during the AFC Championship Game (on CBS, 3:05 p.m. ET, stream it right here!).

Like, $2 million, to be specific, which, as our own Joel Corry wrote earlier this month, is how much Manning would earn if he advances to the Super Bowl with the Broncos.

One caveat: Peyton has to play in 70 percent of the offensive snaps in order to qualify. Watching a Brock Osweiler-led comeback would mean advancing but not getting paid depending on how much time Osweiler played.

It feels unlikely Gary Kubiak would roll with the backup, though. He could've done as much against the Steelers in the divisional round and decided to stick with Manning.

Manning can earn another $2 million if the Broncos beat the Patriots and then win the Super Bowl, giving him a potential incentive of earning $4 million over the next couple of weeks.

It's not life-changing money for Manning, but it's not pocket change either. The real life change for Peyton would be if he can earn the full $4 million and win another Super Bowl, potentially walking away from football while holding a Lombardi Trophy.

Peyton could get paid if he wins Sunday. (USATSI)
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Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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