I don't think they ever said why they didn't want to pursue 16-0, did they? I don't even remember anyone on the team calling the FO out or just making a comment about it.
I think it was because they (FO) considered the fact they could lose somewhere in the playoffs (every team should know they can lose a game as easily as they could win a game). If they did then they wouldn't have to hear people putting them in the same conversation as the 07 patriots... like some kind of evil karma. Or they thought that 16-0 would put way too much pressure on Manning. At that point it's either Super Bowl or go home.
whatever the case I was still disappointed lol