DENVER – Those who debate the greatness of a signal callers in the history of the National Football League often talk about playoff records first.
When it comes to Peyton Manning, that often is a mixed bag.
He did what many quarterbacks in league history have failed to do-win a Super Bowl Championship. He did so by leading the Colts to a 4-0 mark in the 2006 NFL Playoffs including the win over the Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
At the same time, however, Manning had a number of strong Colts teams bow out early in the playoffs never realizing the potential that extraordinary regular seasons showed. It’s a reason that Manning’s overall playoff record was 9-10 while the quarterback in Indianapolis.
Even with a change of scenery this season the same question remains after a bizarre night of football at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. Manning’s AFC top seeded Broncos-like many of his Colts’ teams-entered a home Divisional Playoff game as heavy favorites with the AFC Championship seeming a mere formality.
But it happened again.
Manning’s Broncos found themselves into a shootout with the normally defensive Ravens, who forced overtime on a late touchdown then capitalized the quarterback’s mistake to pull out a 38-35 double overtime win Saturday night.
With the defeat, Manning falls to two games under-.500 in the playoffs and 1-4 in home AFC Divisional Playoff games. His 290 yards and three touchdowns were overshadowed by two interceptions, the last of which came towards the end of the first overtime and led to Justin Tucker’s game-winning 47-yard field goal for Baltimore early in the second extra session.
“Very disappointing finish in the game. You can go through lots of plays certainly offensively, we’d like to have back, I’d like to have back,” said Manning. “Certainly did a lot of good things this season but it’s hard to think of anything else besides this loss tonight.”