Unless Tom Brady loses today, your NFL storyline this week: What is the deal with Peyton Manning in the postseason? He’s just 9-11 and eight of those losses have been of the one-and-done variety (either Wild Card or after a bye).
It’s a perplexing question with no right or wrong answer. Are we even talking about this is if Denver safety Rahim Moore doesn’t take a mind-bogglingly bad angle on that pass to Jacoby Jones with less than a minute left? Nope. We’d all be slamming the Ravens for completely forgetting Torrey Smith was on the roster in the second half after he abused Champ Bailey in the first half.
In comparing his regular season numbers to his playoff stats – sample size alert – the difference isn’t jarring, but his completion percentage, QB rating and Yards-per-attempt are all down a bit. One obvious thing to remember before looking at this chart from Pro Football reference – just because the QB is the most important position on the field, no entire win or loss is ever on one player.
Peyton Manning’s last playoff win: Jan. 24, 2010. Against the Jets. At home. I won’t bother bore you with a further breakdown of Manning’s record indoors vs. outdoors, in frigid temps, vs. Tom Brady, and so on and so on.