Much of how the season went seemed to foreshadow the Broncos' ultimate destiny, but it was nothing short of serendipitous that Manning, who has made history in his No. 18 uniform, won the Super Bowl in his 18th NFL season.
But for the most part, the offense was shaping up to become more grinding in nature. Manning helped the Broncos reach a 7-0 start and took over the NFL's all-time passing yardage record, but a torn plantar fascia felled him for a seven-week stretch from the third quarter of Week 10 against the Chiefs to the third quarter of Week 17 against the Chargers.
In the Super Bowl, the Panthers defense forced Manning into a difficult game, but with a defensive touchdown helping put Denver up early, the future Hall of Famer did enough to keep the game in the Broncos' hands until the clock ran out.
Manning's arrival in Denver four years ago brought a great opportunity at a Super Bowl for him and the franchise. For Manning, it was a chance to prove he still had greatness left in him after the Colts released him in 2012, and with a championship in two Super Bowl appearances, he left an indelible imprint on the franchise and city.
With a second Lombardi Trophy on his resume, Manning became the first player to ever quarterback two different teams to a Super Bowl title, and his career accolades put him in an echelon that few players in football history can touch.
Were it not for Brock Osweiler leading the Broncos to a 4-2 record in games he started and finished while Manning recovered from his foot injury, the Broncos' season might not have ended in Super Bowl greatness.
Osweiler's time in the limelight ended in Week 17 when Kubiak looked back to Manning for a spark against San Diego, but without Osweiler playing as well as he did, the Broncos might not have had a chance to secure a fifth straight division title and home-field advantage.
Siemian's contributions to the Broncos' season on the field were limited to a kneel-down to run out the clock before halftime against Pittsburgh, but his own personal path is one to note, too.
In his extensive preseason work, Siemian impressed with game-winning fourth-quarter drives in two of his three appearances. He learned quickly on his feet, had great poise and delivered in those moments against Seattle and Houston. Ultimately, that earned him a spot on the 53-man active roster for the entire season.