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Peyton Manning answers his cold-weather critics with an icy retort and a red-hot performance

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws against the Tennessee Titans during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)The Associated Press

Even after coming in from the cold, Peyton Manning was hot.

Following one of the best cold-weather performances by a quarterback in the past decade, Manning issued an icy retort for all his critics who say he crumbles in the cold.

He had a salty response to his critics during a postgame interview with Broncos' flagship radio station KOA in Denver following the Broncos' 51-28 dismantling of the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

This after lecturing his receivers when they dropped passes and getting into some heated discussions with offensive coordinator Adam Gase on the bench after the Broncos had trouble finishing off drives.

Manning said it was just the fire the burns in both of their bellies and "we were both frustrated when we're down there close and have to settle for a field goal."

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