Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time and a sure fire first ballot Hall of Famer. He will lead the Denver Broncos into Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks looking to cement his legacy as the best quarterback in NFL history.Fairly or unfairly, quarterbacks are judged on Super Bowl championships. It is not the end all be all of the discussion, but it holds significant weight. Manning has won a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts, but needs a second to reach the rarified air of greats like John Elway, Tom Brady, and Joe Montana. Currently, he has made two Super Bowl appearances and holds a 1-1 record on the grandest stage.
The knock on Manning has always been his playoff record. Including this season, Manning has an 11-11 postseason record with eight one and done appearances. That has been the only possible reason to criticize Manning. His statistics are incredible. This season, he broke the single season passing touchdown record with 55 and the most passing yards in a single season with 5,477. He played in an offense that broke the record for most points in a season and he tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes in a single game.
Manning's career numbers are among the greatest of all-time as well. He is second in NFL history with 491 touchdowns, 17 behind Brett Favre, which is an almost certainty that Manning will break that next season. He is second behind Favre in passing yards with 64,964. He has the most game winning drives in NFL history and the most comeback wins. Look at an NFL passing record and Manning is near the top, because he is the most cerebral quarterback to ever play the game.
Despite the spectacular numbers, Manning will need the win Sunday to quite the critics. He has had some shaky playoff performances. He now has the opportunity to become the first quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different teams. The old saying is quarterbacks receive too much praise for a win and too much blame for a loss. Manning certainly fits that mold and the outcome will ultimately fall on him when the Super Bowl ends. This is not his last chance because Denver will be good enough to get back again, but as Manning knows too well in the postseason, nothing is guaranteed.
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