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gish
02-01-2007, 02:40 PM
The Legacy of Peyton Manning

When you talk about Peyton Manning, you’re talking about a guy that is in his 9th season in the NFL and has accomplished a great deal. He is 7th all-time in passing touchdowns, 13th all-time in passing yards, 10th all-time in completions, and 17th all-time in pass attempts. For a guy to be 17th and pass attempts and to be further up the list in every other category is saying a lot. Basically it says he is on pace to be #1 in all of them. When talking about his playoffs experience and performance, you’re talking about a guy that has been around the block, but has never crossed home plate, figuratively speaking. He has been in the playoffs in all but his 1st and 3rd seasons as a pro. Unfortunately, for him, every year has ended with a loss. His career playoff record is currently standing at 6-6, with three of those wins coming this season. His first three playoff appearances were all losses, with the 3rd coming at the hands of the Jets to the tune of 41-0. At this point people were beginning to question whether Manning had what it took to make it in the postseason, despite his track record in the regular season. Following that embarrassing loss to the Jets, the Colts came back the following season and dominated their way to the AFC Championship game, where they met their soon to be arch rival, the New England Patriots. Unfortunately, once again for Manning, things didn’t go the Colts way. The Patriots won by the count of 24-14 in a game that sent a message from the patriots to the rest of the NFL that they were the top dogs. The next season, 2004, the Colts were back in the playoffs again and had a whole new bag of tricks. They pounced on the Broncos 49-24 and set up a rematch with the reigning champion New England Patriots. Unfortunately, and this seems to be a trend now, Manning and the Colts failed even worse than before, amounting only three points against one of the most stingy defenses. Sorry, the story isn’t getting any better any time soon. The following season the Colts started an amazing 13-0. Everyone thinks this is the year. No one could match this team’s offense, and newly powered defense that now ranked at #2. The Colts lock up home-field advantage and wait for their first opponent. That opponent was once again the team that would eventually be crowned world champions. But this time it was different. This time it wasn’t the Patriots. The Colts would face the Pittsburgh Steelers in what would go down as one of the most amazing finishes to a playoff game of all-time. But as before, the Colts finish the season with yet another loss. That brings us to this season. This season Peyton Manning has been th8e comeback kid. From the opening game against his brother, to his most recent comeback against his arch nemesis in the AFC Championship, Peyton Manning has led his team to victory even when the odds heavily favored against doing so. They started the season a mere 9-0 which was hardly anything to marvel at after seeing what had happened the previous season after starting 13-0. So this season the Colts had no one believing in them. No one cares about the team that wins all year and loses in January. But that didn’t faze Manning, or the Colts. Even after suffering a devastating final seven games in which their defense gave up more rushing yards than any other team in the NFL and effectively causing them to miss a first round bye, the Colts weren’t deterred. They took care of business by starting off their 2006 playoff campaign by holding one of the league premier rushers to his lowest total of the season. The Colts sent the Chiefs packing in a 23-8 victory, despite Manning’s un-Manning-like numbers. The next week, once again, it was the Colts defense, rather than its offense, that got the job done; and the Colts advance to the AFC title game one more time. And who would fate match them against? Who else but the New England Patriots? Could there be a more cruel fate for Peyton Manning? Who knows? But Manning wasn’t riding a losing streak this time. The Colts had beaten the Patriots this season and the previous season, in New England no less. The game starts. The Patriots take a 21-3 lead. Everyone is thinking the same thing, Peyton Manning can’t beat the Patriots in the playoffs, and he is done. But Manning had a different idea. Manning thought it would be a good idea to score points. So that is what he did, he scored points. And he scored enough of them to bring the Colts back and win the most exciting game that I have ever witnessed. He did it. Peyton Manning is going to the Super Bowl. But this isn’t over. He isn’t finished. He isn’t in the clear. He has to win this game. He can’t lose, again, to the eventual Super Bowl champions like he has the previous three seasons. Peyton Manning must tame the most dangerous defense in the NFL in order to do what no one thought he could do. Can he?

dolphinfn3454
02-01-2007, 02:49 PM
Good points. I just feel that this is the year Manning finally gets it done. He deserves it and will get it.
Colts 24
Bears 17

gish
02-01-2007, 03:18 PM
Good points. I just feel that this is the year Manning finally gets it done. He deserves it and will get it.
Colts 24
Bears 17
I think he gets it done also.

If the Bears win then the last four Super Bowl winners will read as follows:

Pats
Pats
Steelers
Bears

And the last four teams to eliminate the Colts from the playoffs will read as follows:

Pats
Pats
Steelers
Bears

Lets hope this doesnt happen.

satz
02-01-2007, 04:57 PM
I think this is a very pivotal point of his career and colts too for a few reasons.
1)They are 4 million over cap next year and freeney and cato are freeagents.
2)harrison is 34 and is entering the twilight of his career.
3)wayne is a yr or 2 off from harrison/manning type in sync play making.
4)Peyton/harrison contract if every one remembers was restructured in 04 and in 06. The numbers were moved to the years after 07 .meaning from now they are going to shoot right through the roof eating cap.
5)Dungy has insisted that he will not coach after 50.He is 50 now.

Enforcerfin33
02-01-2007, 07:11 PM
Unfortunately if he doesn't win the SB his legacy will be tarnished, its sad actually. Barry Sanders is considered one of the best RB's of all time, he never made it to a SB. Its kind of hipocrytical the pressure placed on Qb's. The Qb doesn't make the team, but unfortunately he is the fall guy, win or lose.

texasPHINSfan
02-01-2007, 08:18 PM
I think this is a very pivotal point of his career and colts too for a few reasons.
1)They are 4 million over cap next year and freeney and cato are freeagents.
2)harrison is 34 and is entering the twilight of his career.
3)wayne is a yr or 2 off from harrison/manning type in sync play making.
4)Peyton/harrison contract if every one remembers was restructured in 04 and in 06. The numbers were moved to the years after 07 .meaning from now they are going to shoot right through the roof eating cap.
5)Dungy has insisted that he will not coach after 50.He is 50 now.

those are all great points, actually.

it has been said in league circles that Dungy would retire if they won the SB... so he could be on the outs either way. The team has to do it this year though, as they will be depleted next year (relative to this year).

ih8brady
02-01-2007, 10:11 PM
I like Chicago in this one. Their defense can contain the Colts O and the Colts D is very streaky.