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To get over last week's season-ending loss, Manning hooked up with an old buddy from Tennessee, Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, and the two have been crisscrossing the country on a hunting trip.

"He told me he killed, in one day, a duck in Colorado and a deer in Mississippi," Manning's dad, Archie, tells The Associated Press.

Anything for Manning to take his mind off Denver's 38-35 loss to Baltimore last Saturday.

"He's trying to get it out of his system," Archie Manning says. "I don't know when that happens or how. But when he reflects on it, he's already said it, it was really a special year."