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Time for the NFL’s young guns?

 Russell Wilson in action against the New York Jets Nov. 11, 2012. Is this his moment? Photograph by Larry Maurer.

Russell Wilson in action against the New York Jets Nov. 11, 2012. Is this his moment? Photograph by Larry Maurer.

Well, I’m disappointed that Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers lost to Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks, but I had a feeling it was going to be the Hawks. And it may well be their year, though I’ll be rooting for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

The press, of course, will be looking at many storylines for this Super Duper Bowl. There’s Peyton playing and possibly winning at MetLife Stadium, bro Eli’s home, just as Eli and the New York Giants beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium, Peyton’s then home as the Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback. Then there’s the possibility of a major storm – the Farmers’ Almanac says so – which may prove nothing compared to the cold front that might greet Gov. Chris Christie. (Will his fellow pols like Gov. Andrew Cuomo be treating him like he has cooties?)

But perhaps the biggest storyline will be the possible changing of the guard. Manning represents the traditional quarterback, the classic pocket passer. Wilson is one of the young guns who’s unafraid to mix things up. 

Will it be Peyton’s perhaps last hurrah, or time for one of the young guns – darling Colin was so close last year – to take his place on the world stage?