Ed Mooney and his son, Brendan, arrived in Denver late Friday afternoon after an all day adventure with the ultimate goal to see Peyton Manning go head-to-head against Tom Brady for the AFC title game this Sunday.
"You're always looking for those precious moments with these precious people, your children," said Mooney, who, along with his son, was fortunate enough to dodge a storm hitting their home in Philadelphia.
"What a better way than to be able to go and take him to say he saw his role model in action, live and in person," Mooney said.
Manning, as it turns out, is Brendan's favorite player.
But the Mooney's aren't the only ones checking in from out of town.
Aaron Eubanks is in the Mile High City visiting from Dallas. He's with friends to watch the game and to celebrate his 35th birthday.
"Today's my birthday, [so I] came here in style. We're celebrating the Bronco's victory on Sunday," said Eubanks.
"We've always heard that Mile High is an awesome stadium to go. We're big time Broncos fans since we were kids, so we figured we make the trip up here," said his friend Paul McGee.
Sunday may be historic as it is likely the last match between Manning and Tom Brady, an opportunity for friends and family to create memories of their own.
"[On] Monday morning [I] got online, got airfare, the hotel, the tickets and bam, here we are," said Mr. Mooney.