Robert Kraft, Peyton Manning Share Handshake Before AFC Title Game (Photo)

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) shakes hands with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft

Photo via Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) shakes hands with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft

New England Patriots fans might not be too fond of Peyton Manning, but those inside the Patriots organization clearly have great respect for the Denver Broncos quarterback.

Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady both heaped praise on Manning during the leadup to Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, and Patriots owner Robert Kraft shared a few words with the signal-caller shortly before kickoff.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) shakes hands with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft

A win Sunday would clinch the Patriots’ seventh Super Bowl appearance during the Kraft/Belichick/Brady era. Manning, meanwhile, is seeking a fourth career Super Bowl berth in what very well could be his final NFL season.

Photo via Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports Images

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