Steve Wyche of NFL.com reports the underdog Ravens defense believed future Hall of Fame Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was incapable of throwing downfield with any distance or velocity during Baltimore’s 38-35 victory in 13-degree weather on Saturday night at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.
The 36-year-old Manning, an 11-time Pro-Bowler and four-time AP NFL MVP, got picked by Baltimore cornerback Corey Graham on the second possession of overtime to hasten top seeded Denver’s dirt nap.
Manning, who tossed 37 touchdowns, in contrast to 11 picks, for 4,659 yards this past autumn, is now battling Brett Favre to become the champion of postseason shortcomings with a 9-11 record in the playoffs (Manning has a 0-4 mark when playing in temperature below 40).
Missing the entire 2011 campaign recovering from an alarming four neck surgeries in 19 months, Manning thrived in Denver and should be proud of getting the Broncos to13-3.
Unfortunately for Manning, who the Indianapolis Colts took out of the University of Tennessee with the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, his characteristic inept pass in the clutch will be more recalled.
Manning, five-time First-Team All-Pro who has thrown 436 scores, against 209 pickoffs, for 59,487 yards in 224 starts, is a deserving member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team and one of the greatest signal-callers in the annals of football.
Regardless, Peyton Manning, who last March signed a five-year contract worth in excess of $96 million to compete in Denver, is also one of the preeminent choke artists in recent sports history.by