This picture was taken during the AFC playoffs last year. The two man embracing each other are as you can tell Ray Lewis the other man is Roger Goodell. Now ask me again if I think he league has an agenda.
Now you may ask why then not have Manning win the Super Bowl ? This is the perfect opportunity for a changing of the guard. Manning is aging and Wilson is the NFL face of the next generation. Wilson is popular young clean cut and defies the prototypical stereotype of QBs. Classic underdog with a lot to root for role model. That and Broncos didn't show up.