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Manning deals with another early playoff exit

Peyton Manning

On the Colts’ biggest play of the year, a third-and-six from the Jets’ 32-yard line with 1:02 left, Peyton Manning rolled out to his right.  He didn’t have anyone wide open, but found a small window to throw to The Blair White Project.

White couldn’t come up with the low throw, Adam Vinatieri made a long field goal, and the Jets had enough time to drive for the game-winner.

The Colts’ shortcomings this year is encapsulated in that play.

Manning didn’t trust his pass protection or  receiver enough to beat the Jets on one of his staple plays.  White made a good effort, but couldn’t pull it off.   Indy’s offense had to settle for a red zone field goal in their penultimate drive, and couldn’t run the clock out in their last drive.

This just wasn’t a dominant offense by the end of the year, and it needed to be.

The injuries on the Colts offense got all the attention, but the injuries to their defense were more devastating.  Starters Clint Session, Kelvin Haden, Jerraud Powers, Bob Sanders, and Melvin Bullitt were all long gone by Saturday night’s game.

Add it all up, and Manning, 35, was dealt his tenth playoff loss.  This was the seventh time his Colts were one-and-out in the playoffs.

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  1. sportsfanatik615 says: Jan 9, 2011 1:07 AM

    Peyton Manning – Greatest regular season quarteback in the history of the National Football League.

    Clearly Tom Brady is better than this guy.

    Peyton defines the term “choke artist”

  2. jaggedmark says: Jan 9, 2011 1:09 AM

    I’ll dare anyone criticize Peyton.

    Sports Illustrated rated him 8th best NFL player of all-time. 8th or 9th.

    And Brady was only 51st (or something like that).

    So no criticizing Peyton. bahahahahahah!

  3. kom2k10 says: Jan 9, 2011 1:10 AM

    It may be another loss, but this one wasn’t on him. He put them in a posistion to win the game. I can’t think of the last time the Colts coaching staff have actually out-coached the other team. Caldwell seems to lose them more games for the Colts than he helps them win. Run defense, special teams, and soft coverage on pass defense has been their problem all year long, and that was ultimately what cost them this game today…

  4. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Jan 9, 2011 1:14 AM

    And now the foot guy can go home and take some more vids….can’t wait.

  5. jcusa514 says: Jan 9, 2011 1:16 AM

    cue the anti-colt comments by angry, phony, patriot fans……

  6. nepatriots128154 says: Jan 9, 2011 1:16 AM

    Fun fact: Manning has a loosing playoff record at 9-10.

  7. theromancefiles says: Jan 9, 2011 1:19 AM

    The Colts run is coming to an end.

  8. jlswisc says: Jan 9, 2011 1:20 AM

    does caldwell do post game press conferences?

  9. juggadore says: Jan 9, 2011 1:24 AM

    he got them there. all they had to do was run the ball. they had a time out remaining. likely the jets would have called their time out then, but that would have been helpful too…

  10. jagerbmb says: Jan 9, 2011 1:27 AM

    Poor Manning…

  11. dbellina says: Jan 9, 2011 1:33 AM

    Manning should cut his losses and try out free agency. Vikings could be a wonderful fit for him…….,and then I woke up.

  12. michaeledits says: Jan 9, 2011 1:36 AM

    This is a job for ManningFace!

  13. favresblackberry says: Jan 9, 2011 2:01 AM

    Time for Manning to hang it up

  14. Bubby Brister says: Jan 9, 2011 2:03 AM

    You know, I’m always the first one in line every year to give it to Manning for losing in the playoffs. The media hypes him up. I never buy it. “He’s the least intimidating QB in the playoffs…” I tell people. The guy will never have what it takes to get it done in the postseason (2006 being the lone and lucky exception to the rule). Plain and simple.

    BUT!

    I’m going to have to give him a pass this year, for once. He played beyond well enough to win this game… but this time the defense blew it. The Jets just dominated them at the LOS the entire second half. Still pretty impressive to get this far and lose by a single point with the bubble gum and duct tape squad he was given this year.

  15. hobartbaker says: Jan 9, 2011 2:07 AM

    Murky Sanchez paints a moustache on Mr Potatohead. Kids can be cruel.

  16. mean13 says: Jan 9, 2011 2:18 AM

    Colts will soar downhill the next few years.

  17. baseballstars says: Jan 9, 2011 2:19 AM

    After watching the AFC South suck for the last half of the year, it didn’t surprise me that Indianapolis quickly exited the playoffs. They may have been the best team in the division, but to paraphrase “Waiting,” that’s like being the smartest person with Downs. The team is getting older, and they battled with injuries all year. However, Jacksonville, Houston, and Tennessee all retained their mediocre-to-sub par coaches, so Indy should be the favorites to win again next season (and promptly exit early).

  18. skoobyfl says: Jan 9, 2011 2:20 AM

    Colts were really lucky to even make the playoffs this year. I think that Manning needs to get back to work, on a new direct TV commercial. He spends more time peddling things than working on the field & in the camera room.

    You want to win Superbowls, focus on the game. Brees passed for 400 yards today and his defense let the team down, can you say the same for Manning?

  19. huskersrock1 says: Jan 9, 2011 2:21 AM

    Brady>Manning

  20. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 9, 2011 2:32 AM

    Photoshop mission
    Indiana (*) and the Temple of Doom.
    Easter island style giant figure, absurdly large forehead, sad Manning face.
    Jets Lovely Rex, Sanchez eating a cheeseburger, Antonio “Octodad” Cromartie (Thanks ital44), the Lovely Mrs Rex,
    others, ride in astride a big lego plane, smoking/in flames.
    The plane is about to crash into the giant Temple statue.
    They are all absurdly, deliriously grinning and waving foot shaped signs, or big middle finger hand signs.
    Both.

    (*) Unknown at this time.
    may be representative, as in Vonnegut *.

  21. adeedothatswho says: Jan 9, 2011 2:38 AM

    Penultimate -adjective
    next to the last

  22. tatum064 says: Jan 9, 2011 2:40 AM

    Nice try. You’ll get another shot next year, Peyton.

  23. jgreer518 says: Jan 9, 2011 2:50 AM

    HAHA!! HAHA!! HAHA!! HAHA!!

    Thank you Jesus!! I’m so glad the Colts lost! It’s about time other teams had their chance to win! Now, a song for Peyton “Crybaby” Manning…

    “Let HER cry..if the tears fall down like rain
    Let HER sing..if it eases all HER pain
    Let HER go..let HER walk right out on me
    And if the sun comes up tomorrow
    Let HER be..let HER be.”

    HAHA!! HAHA!! HAHA!! HAHA!!

  24. nekelund says: Jan 9, 2011 2:55 AM

    Funny how we’re not hearing the clamour for Peyton to be unanimously coronated as the greatest quarterback of all-time quite as much as we were last year. The question is whether we have seen the beginning of the end for Big Bro Manning or whether this season was an anomaly, with injuries hampering his ability to succeed.

  25. footballcoach17 says: Jan 9, 2011 2:57 AM

    Media loves to bash Manning. One of the most successful QBs history. How many teams would love to have 8 division AFC South titles, two AFC Championships and one super bowl championship in less than a decade. Jets? They can only dream! Pats will easily defeat this average team? Go Pats! T O E S…toes, toes, toes!

  26. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 9, 2011 3:31 AM

    The Jets, like the Seahawks, can hang their entire season on this win and relish it, because both of those teams will lose next week.

  27. decisiveleaf says: Jan 9, 2011 3:32 AM

    White still should’ve caught that. He was rolling away from the blitz, I don’t think it had anything to do with not trusting his OL. Even the best OL have their QBs roll away from pressure. This website is the epitome of instigation.

  28. crimedogg says: Jan 9, 2011 3:42 AM

    Da Dolts are quickly braving the NFL’s version of the 1990s Atlanta Braves. Lots of divisions titles, playoffs appearances and playoff choke jobs and ONE lucky super bowl title,, how will peyton sleep at night in his bed of millions of dollars knowing he lost a rum-drum run of the mill another playoff game to him,, At least peyton will be 37 before he has a chance to add another playoff first round exit

  29. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 9, 2011 3:59 AM

    Hey, I like the title of the other thread, “Jets take big step forward with late win.”

    Way to allude to Rex’s foot fetish, you subtle devil you!

    What’s next — “Jets show discipline, toe the line for coach”?

    Or maybe this could be a criticism of Manning’s… footwork.

  30. stetai says: Jan 9, 2011 4:18 AM

    I wish more people would point out how great the Colts are during the regular season and how completely crappy the Colts are during the playoffs. How many years has it been for the “greatest QB of all time”? He’s a postseason loser through and through.

  31. rectumnearlykilledem says: Jan 9, 2011 4:25 AM

    Overrated.

  32. cup1981 says: Jan 9, 2011 4:36 AM

    Tick-tock Peyton… Tick-Tock… Hear that retirement clock, it’s coming!!

  33. golonger says: Jan 9, 2011 5:07 AM

    Yes……one word,…..OVER-RATED!

    Manning is the biggest ass on the planet. Did you see his face when the Colts called a timeout in the closing seconds? He was totally against it and he had no problem letting everyone know it. He is not only the most over-rated QB in history, he is also the most self-centered, ego-maniacal person I have ever seen. Everything is about him. He is getting what he deserves.

  34. insider7 says: Jan 9, 2011 5:46 AM

    Here we go again…who’s the better quarterback in clutch time, when it really matters, when the money is on the line?

    Peyton Manning has a losing playoff record at 9-10!

    Tom Brady is 14-4. Brady would have to play more than 10 more years and lose in the first round of the playoffs in each and every year to dip below a .500 record in the playoffs.

    If goofy commercial over-exposure is your thing, then Manning’s your guy. If winning percentage and winning in the clutch is your thing, then Brady is the hands-down choice.

  35. anthonybjones says: Jan 9, 2011 5:54 AM

    Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback of all time, playing on a terrible team. Awful. With defenses customarily running 3 safeties, 8 man coverages, 7 man coverages, his offensive line can’t push running backs past 3 ypc?

    During the Peyton Manning era, they defense has never been able to stop the run. Every team the Colts face is capable of running a power running attack against them. 10-15 play, 10 minute drives.

    As if it matters; the special teams is worse than the defense… You almost never see the Colts with better field position than their own 20. Worse… opposing teams always seem to start at their own 40.

    With this team, it’s amazing they ever make the playoffs. The guy is an absolute mastermind, but this Colts team is awful. They’ve been awful every year.

    Bill Polian gets WAY too much credit. The players he drafts are terrible, and I seriously doubt this team would win more than 2 games a year without Peyton Manning.

  36. damaddhatter29 says: Jan 9, 2011 5:57 AM

    Paper champs year in year out… But by the end they always get what’s comin to them.

  37. iluvwikileaks says: Jan 9, 2011 5:57 AM

    The Steelers taking out this bum in ’05 was sweet:)

  38. patriotsworld says: Jan 9, 2011 6:11 AM

    Key term,”he didn’t have anyone wide open”. Suck it up and produce when its not handed to you on a platter.

  39. jpk6044 says: Jan 9, 2011 7:05 AM

    Peyton Manning owes his career to Rex Grossman. Without him, Manning would have never won a Super Bowl.

  40. tombrookshire says: Jan 9, 2011 7:12 AM

    Peyton Manning can’t get it done yet again and the media again roll out all the excuses for why. Why not just say he is not good enough in the post season. Here is a guy that should be dominant in the regular season and the post season, for all the skills, experience and leadership he has. So enough excuses. Sooner or later, Manning and Caldwell are going to have to account for all the post season choking, and I am sure they are not going to say, Well, it was all the injuries, and the defense has been hurt……blah blah blah.

  41. pastabelly says: Jan 9, 2011 7:18 AM

    The Jets are not a good matchup for Manning. Give Revis credit. He, by himself, is able to take away Manning’s biggest weapon. Reggie Wayne. That left Manning with a bunch of players who have never been there before and one guy (Rhodes) who has been there before a bit too much and is not much more than a UFL player now.

    As far as the Brady/Manning thing goes, Brady was one and done last year. Much of this is about the team around you. If Tom Brady were quarterbacking the team the Colts put out there last night, he might not have fared much better. That being said, he will carve up the Jets next Sunday and continue on with his legacy to be the best quarterback ever.

  42. insider7 says: Jan 9, 2011 7:18 AM

    The Manning apologists love to point out that the Colts defense is terrible, as if that is an excuse for Manning’s historically poor playoff performances. Wrong again.

    Manning (and his daddy) has constantly demanded top dollar in his contract negotiations and they are now again in “pay me” mode. This sucks the team’s budget dollars out of funding a better defense so Manning is partly to blame for this, particularly in a salary cap era.

    Brady, on the other hand, has often accepted less than market value contracts with an eye toward freeing up the team’s money to pay higher quality players at other positions. This gives the Patriots a much more balanced, quality team with better depth at all positions.

  43. whoisgonnasing says: Jan 9, 2011 7:28 AM

    I miss Favre.

  44. stanklepoot says: Jan 9, 2011 7:31 AM

    #
    footballcoach17 says: Jan 9, 2011 2:57 AM

    Media loves to bash Manning. One of the most successful QBs history. How many teams would love to have 8 division AFC South titles, two AFC Championships and one super bowl championship in less than a decade. Jets? They can only dream! Pats will easily defeat this average team? Go Pats! T O E S…toes, toes, toes!
    ____________________________
    Excuse me? The media hates to bash Manning. Even during the heart of his bad streak this season when some were finally saying that he wasn’t playing that well at the moment, the sports channels lined up a succession of analysts to go on tv and say why it wasn’t Manning’s fault. I don’t know what’s so bad about saying that he’s a great QB who just had a bad patch in a hall of fame career.

  45. jad35 says: Jan 9, 2011 7:42 AM

    I am a Patriots fan and happy to be playing the Jets but I was watching that game and yelling at the tv wondering the the hell the Colts were doing. Yes the defense gave up two incredibly long drives in the 2nd half but lets face it they only gave up 17 points. What was the Colts offensive game plan? I think they did the Jets a favor last night. The Colts have been a terrible running team all year. Why did they pick a playoff game and decide that they were going to be comitted to the run. Manning is the only reason that team has 10 wins and they took the game completely out of his hands. They never went no huddle until the end and still they refused to go away from the run. 3rd and 7 from the 15 and you run Jospeh Adai. Really? That is your best play. I thnk that the coaching staff, Caldwell especially, is just terrible. If you are going to go down don’t you do it with what you do best?

  46. steelerfan9598 says: Jan 9, 2011 7:51 AM

    anthonybjones says: Jan 9, 2011 5:54 AM

    “Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback of all time, playing on a terrible team.”

    If his ‘team’ sucked, how do they get into the playoffs every year? If you’re saying he singlehandedly gets them into the playoffs then it’s fair to say he singlehandedly chokes it away.

    CHOKER. PERIOD.

  47. stanklepoot says: Jan 9, 2011 7:54 AM

    #
    anthonybjones says: Jan 9, 2011 5:54 AM

    Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback of all time, playing on a terrible team. Awful. With defenses customarily running 3 safeties, 8 man coverages, 7 man coverages, his offensive line can’t push running backs past 3 ypc?

    During the Peyton Manning era, they defense has never been able to stop the run. Every team the Colts face is capable of running a power running attack against them. 10-15 play, 10 minute drives.

    As if it matters; the special teams is worse than the defense… You almost never see the Colts with better field position than their own 20. Worse… opposing teams always seem to start at their own 40.

    With this team, it’s amazing they ever make the playoffs. The guy is an absolute mastermind, but this Colts team is awful. They’ve been awful every year.

    Bill Polian gets WAY too much credit. The players he drafts are terrible, and I seriously doubt this team would win more than 2 games a year without Peyton Manning.
    _______________________
    I hate to throw cold water on what would be a great rant if it resembled anything close to the truth, but here it goes. Two of the years the Colts were one and done, the Colts had a top 10 defense. As for stopping the run, in the weeks leading up to this game, the Colts had done exactly that to some rather good RBs…including CJ and MJD.

    This was not a defensive loss. This horrible defense gave up a total of 17 points in a playoff game. It also picked off Sanchez and gave Manning the ball back with 45 seconds and 2 timeouts at the end of the 1st half. The offense ran two plays and got shut down both times. No, this game was lost on the offense. The offense put up a total of 16 points, and 9 of those points came off of FGs. The Almighty Peyton threw for a total of 225 yds and one TD.

    As for Pollian being overrated and failing to surround Manning with talent…are you out of your mind? Over the years, Manning has had Marshall Faulk and Edgerin James (in his prime, which was rather good) at RB. He’s also had Marvin Harrison, Dallas Clark, and Reggie Wayne for much of his career. When he lost Harrison, Manning got Garcon and Collie to replace him. Now, neither one is as good as Harrison was, but together they make for a better overall receiving corps. Manning has also had a top notch O-line for the better part of his career. Now, the O-line has started to break down a bit (started last year actually), but it’s still only bad when compared to his former O-line. It’s probably an average O-line right now. As for the horrible injuries on the offense, Manning went into this game down his starting TE and 3rd WR. That may not be fun to have to deal with, but there are others teams that have had to deal with a whole lot worse. The stats are quite clear if you’re willing to look at them. Manning’s post-season numbers are simply not as good as his regular season numbers. You’re probably right about how the team would do without Manning, however. The fact is, with as much as the team pays Peyton, they can’t afford a quality backup. If Peyton went down, they’d be stuck with Painter.

  48. redrew says: Jan 9, 2011 8:19 AM

    The Colts offensive formula is getting stale. Polian needs to pay attention to what is going on in New England. The short passing game to counteract the pass rush with TEs removing LBs from the box. This allows Brady to go 50/50 pass/run with the likes of Woodhead. His quickness vs the DL while the LBs are dealing with the TEs…winning formula.

  49. pukey60 says: Jan 9, 2011 8:25 AM

    The Manning/Brady debate is now officially over boys.

  50. theservice10 says: Jan 9, 2011 8:36 AM

    nepatriots128154 says:
    Jan 9, 2011 1:16 AM
    Fun fact: Manning has a loosing playoff record at 9-10.

    Fun Fact: New England fans are morons who dont know how to spell.

    skoobyfl says:
    Jan 9, 2011 2:20 AM
    Colts were really lucky to even make the playoffs this year. I think that Manning needs to get back to work, on a new direct TV commercial. He spends more time peddling things than working on the field & in the camera room.

    You want to win Superbowls, focus on the game. Brees passed for 400 yards today and his defense let the team down, can you say the same for Manning?

    He threw for 225 and a TD and no turnovers. His defense was gouged for 169 yards rushing. Blaming it on commercials is the stupidest thing you can do. Everyone knows he is the hardest working player in the league. To say otherwise proves you know nothing about football.

  51. theservice10 says: Jan 9, 2011 8:42 AM

    anthonybjones says:
    Jan 9, 2011 5:54 AM

    Bill Polian gets WAY too much credit. The players he drafts are terrible, and I seriously doubt this team would win more than 2 games a year without Peyton Manning.

    Sure. He drafts awful people. 1st round picks include:

    Marvin Harrison
    Tarik Glenn
    Peyton Manning
    Edgerrin James
    Reggie Wayne
    Dwight Freeney
    Dallas Clark

    He is awful. He only helped lead the Bills to four super bowls and win executive of the year 6 times with three different teams. God is he awful.

  52. theservice10 says: Jan 9, 2011 8:44 AM

    patriotsworld says:
    Jan 9, 2011 6:11 AM
    Key term,”he didn’t have anyone wide open”. Suck it up and produce when its not handed to you on a platter.

    You mean when you have your team cheat and hand you the super bowl on a platter? Oh wait. Thats right we cant talk about that. Its in the past. It doesn’t matter. It only matters when other teams cheat. Patriot fans are the biggest bandwagoners ever. Cant wait for them to start losing and everyone jumps ship.

  53. ralphwilsonsucks says: Jan 9, 2011 8:44 AM

    Peyton didn’t have all of his weapons. Just got beat by a slightly better team.

  54. gogronk says: Jan 9, 2011 8:48 AM

    @#jaggedmark says: Jan 9, 2011 1:09 AM

    I’ll dare anyone criticize Peyton.

    Sports Illustrated rated him 8th best NFL player of all-time. 8th or 9th.

    And Brady was only 51st (or something like that).

    So no criticizing Peyton. bahahahahahah!
    —————–

    Because Sports Illustrated is clearly the authority on player ranking. Who would you rather have in a big game Manning or Brady? The numbers speak for themselves.

  55. gmsingh says: Jan 9, 2011 9:03 AM

    If somebody want to claim Brady is better than Manning all they have to do is look at what happened to Montana when he went to the Chiefs: not much. Take a Tom Brady out of Belichik’s system and your left with a quarterback that isn’t as good as Peyton Manning.

  56. 8man says: Jan 9, 2011 9:27 AM

    I know injuries aren’t an excuse, but this team had a lot of them and you still have to be impressed with what they did this year. Without Manning, the Colts don’t finish better than .500.

    He’s still a magnificent competitor and the Colts will be healthy next year. Honestly, who in that division is going step up and beat them? Who?

    Still, I have to wonder whether or not Caldwell can really coach. I’m starting to think he’s not going to be enough to get them another trophy.

  57. bengals2012 says: Jan 9, 2011 9:38 AM

    I think the Colts stayed the same this season and other teams got better. Even when the Colts were fairly healthy at the beginning of the season they still weren’t the typical Colts. I think they have a lot of things to improve on, 1) improving that horrid run defense, and then insuring that their defense remains intact as much as possible. They have some quality guys that are free agents (obviously Peyton being one of them) that they just can’t let go somewhere else.

  58. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 9, 2011 9:57 AM

    whoisgonnasing says:
    Jan 9, 2011 7:28 AM
    I miss Favre.
    ************

    Stop smoking crack.

  59. ham1 says: Jan 9, 2011 10:01 AM

    Maybe his daddy can get him on a better team.
    You know the mannings are entitled. They deserve so much better. Yuk Yuk. Brady is King.
    Manning is a queeen and for grins Big Ben is even better than Manning. Hes is one of the better qbs of this era but he is not the best.

  60. jasonculhane says: Jan 9, 2011 10:09 AM

    Manning…..Please don’t re-sign with these losers. I can’t bare to watch anymore. Your window is closing and you plain and simply deserve better. Hold out, do what ever it takes to show the friggin world out there that Bill Polian, Jim Caldwell and Jim Irsay have not the slightest clue whats going on these days.

    Bill Polian has put the worst possible talent a franchise could bare. The Colts fans ARE waking up now, finally, finally. No more “better luck next year” or “how good can we be once we get Dallas Clark back”. C’mon, its the friggin same players almost every year getting hurt and I think the fans are now waking up because of all the abuse they had to put up with as fans the last couple of years…All the promises of fixing, this that or the other. What now? You can’t hide behind injuries all your life, you have to start taking a look at the man that brough injury prone players and signed them to big contracts, time to clean house.

  61. wikidpissah says: Jan 9, 2011 10:12 AM

    Most of the time quarterbacks get too much credit for wins, and too much blame for losses, Manning gets too much credit, and NONE of the blame from the media. When the Colts win all season it’s because of Manning’s greatness; but when they lose in the playoffs, which they do more often than not, it’s because of the poor defense, or Manning not having support.

    This is true even when the lose 20-3, or 17-16. In most of the Colts’ playoff losses they have scored 20 points or less. That’s not a defensive problem.

    Also keep in mind that in those losses the media and prognosticators picked the Colts to win. So much for the lousy team.

    Manning is an outstanding quarterback, but it’s a different game in the playoffs. The is a clear difference between the regular season Manning and the playoff Manning.

  62. bucforever says: Jan 9, 2011 10:12 AM

    I’m not really a colts fan since Dungy left. I am fan of Peyton Manning because I think he is a class act and has real place in other positions in football after he ” hangs it up” . I hope he dose not draw out his retirement like Bret until injuries force him off the field. We might see him as a head coach or general manager down the road. Peyton, please stay out of the booth ! It is really beneath your talents.

  63. pastabelly says: Jan 9, 2011 10:27 AM

    Brady was not 51st on any SI list. He was either 20 or 21 and I’m sure that list will get updated.

    The Manning Colt teams of the early 00s had loads of talent and won nothing and much of it related to interceptions to Ty Law and Rodney Harrison. Those weren’t about defense, lack of running games, or anything else. I think Manning’s numbers have benefited by playing half of his games indoors. While Brady’s numbers get negatively impacted by playing more games in the elements and in a division in the Northeast, there is no other quarterback you want this time of year, in this kind of weather, or with the stakes this high. If he adds another ring this year, while these discussions may go on, the argument will have been decided despite what Rex Ryan believes.

  64. S says: Jan 9, 2011 10:30 AM

    One and done 7 times!

    Ha!

    That’s a pretty unbelievable statistic considering the numbers this guy puts up. I guess he at least avoided becoming the new Dan Marino by getting that one ring.

  65. patriotsworld says: Jan 9, 2011 10:34 AM

    @theservice10. For whatever its worth, I rooted for the Pats when Jim Plunkett was the QB. You’ve heard of him, right? Maybe not. And as for cheating, it’s a childish tirade by you haters. Speaking of which, I think I hear your mother calling you to dinner.

  66. huejackson says: Jan 9, 2011 10:41 AM

    Peyton Manning – Greatest regular season quarteback in the history of the National Football League.

    Clearly Tom Brady is better than this guy.

    Peyton defines the term “choke artist”

    ————————————————-
    Manning did not chock he he didnt have anybody to throw too. He didnt even throw a INT.
    I would rather him then brady on my team.
    Brasy is a cry baby and we already seen that any qb can suceed in belicheats system… Matt cassell blows and he looked like brady with the pats

  67. jwil444 says: Jan 9, 2011 10:51 AM

    this loss is on caldwell- hmmmmm I know, I’m going to call a timeout with 29 seconds left, to give the Jets as many opportunities as possible to score. Further, I want them to have time to think about the one play they would love to run. Genius!

  68. patriotsworld says: Jan 9, 2011 11:17 AM

    Pastabelly, Well said.

  69. jasoncnz says: Jan 9, 2011 11:26 AM

    This game is such a great example of why you cannot judge a QB by how many wins or losses he has in the playoffs. And that the best TEAM wins (not the best QB). Does anyone believe for a second that Sanchez is as good a QB as Manning is? Of course not. Likewise, can anyone make an argument that Sanchez played better (In This Game) than Manning did? Of course not! Just take a look at their stats:

    [Sanchez: 18-31 (58.1%), Manning: 18-26 69.2%)] – [Sanchez: 6.1 yard avg, Manning: 8.7 yard avg] – [Sanchez: 62.4 QB Rating, Manning: 108.7 QB Rating] – [Sanchez: 0 TD 1 INT, Manning: 1 TD 0 INT]

    It is blatantly obvious that Manning significantly out played Sanchez in every facet of the game, yet his team still lost. The bottom line is this: Come January everything gets magnified to such a high degree, that if you do not play well as a team, you are not going to win the game. It is just that simple. And like Dan Marino before him, more times than not Peyton Manning has not had the better team!

  70. richm2256 says: Jan 9, 2011 11:32 AM

    Better than Tom Brady?????

    Hell, last night this guy wasn’t even better than Mark Sanchez.

    Mark freaking Sanchez!!!!!!

    I’ve seen Peyton Manning put the fear of God in some pretty solid New England defenses – before losing – but last night this guy had all the excitement of a cardboard box. And please, hold the excuses. He had two good running backs, Reggie Wayne, Garcon, and a couple of other receivers that he could have worked with, but he was as flat as roadkill against a Jets defense that gave up forty five to Tom Brady.

    I have always respected Manning as Brady’s peer, but I have to ask; what the hell was THAT last night, Peyton???

    Nine and ten in the playoffs with one SB ring – against the mighty Rex Grossman. Nah, Peyton doesn’t choke in the playoffs.

    If Peyton Manning is his own coach on the field and the most well-prepared QB in the game, and loses to the Jets, what hope does an inferior Tom Brady have against them next week…… aside from the fact that he already beat them 45-3 a few weeks ago.

  71. theservice10 says: Jan 9, 2011 11:44 AM

    patriotsworld says:
    Jan 9, 2011 10:34 AM
    @theservice10. For whatever its worth, I rooted for the Pats when Jim Plunkett was the QB. You’ve heard of him, right? Maybe not. And as for cheating, it’s a childish tirade by you haters. Speaking of which, I think I hear your mother calling you to dinner.

    Yeah I’ve heard of him. He sucked until he went to Oakland.

    You would call it childish. Thats the problem with you Patriots fans. You feel entitled. Most Pats fans are Red Sox fans and they love to bring up when people like ARod do steroids and “cheat” but when it comes to your team, it doesn’t matter. Its hypocritical and you know it but you wont admit it. If it happened to any other team you would bring it up too.

    And its not my mother calling me for dinner. Its your wife calling me back into bed.

  72. ytsejamer1 says: Jan 9, 2011 12:00 PM

    I don’t want to hear squat about the Colts injuries… Pats have had almost as many injuries as have many other teams…Packers come to mind. When the Pats were laying waste to teams in 2004, they had a defensive backfield filled with street free agents and an aging wide receiver. I don’t want to hear it…and when I do, it comes off as sad and pathetic.

    Regarding Polian…he’s done a pretty good job. He’s hit on more than he’s missed. I dispise the guy and think his position on the competition committee is a horrendous conflict of interest…but as for his ability to find guys to plug into the Colts team, he’s done a good job…definitely better than most teams. The last couple of years, he picked guys up off the street that were making great plays. It didn’t work out for them…i’m sure he’ll change a few rules in the offseason…like if Manning’s passes aren’t caught, there must be a flag thrown on at least 90% of them.

  73. patriotsworld says: Jan 9, 2011 12:02 PM

    Yup, I’m a Sox fan too. First I’m a bandwagon jumper, then I’m feeling entitled. Which is it?

  74. rectumnearlykilledem says: Jan 9, 2011 12:10 PM

    The Brady/Manning debate is over…O-V-A, over. Manning is the Bobby Cox of football.

  75. robsterny says: Jan 9, 2011 12:40 PM

    @ richm2256:
    Manning may not be better than Brady,but hes a Smarter quarterback…sorry I know you all dont like that in New England …but thats life! …..Yea..Yea… Iknow ..your gonna stomp us again…and your God Brady will float in on angels wings…The “Hoody” will just conquer us all…Maybe we shouldnt show up!!…*L*….After all,we are just the YETS,as you would say. Just remember ..your PatriYETS havent won it all yet either.

  76. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 9, 2011 12:40 PM

    Manning, one of the most overrated QBs in NFL history.

  77. ontboltfan says: Jan 9, 2011 12:43 PM

    Now you get to see how ordinary Manning is with avg talent. Meanwhile Tom Brady and Philip Rivers put up probowl #’s no matter who they have lined up. He played awful this year in part because he has no athletic ability to scramble. He will force a throw because he can’t extend plays to let someone come open which resulted in some of the worst Qb ratings by anyone this year.

    IND has had their run now its their turn to rebuild at the back of the bus. Maybe draft durable players vs fast players. Maybe they’ll stop TV covering them as a team that can’t run the ball or play D and now can barely pass the ball is plain boring. Though it is fun watching the Manning boys suck and pout in their mediocrity.

  78. grogansheroes says: Jan 9, 2011 1:08 PM

    I like how when Manning loses a playoff game everyone defends him by saying his defense is not good. In most of his playoff losses, the defense plays better than the regular numbers. So it is usually Payton that under preforms. He scored one touchdown last night in a controlled dome. He didn’t get the usual questionable PI calls either. The fact is, he does not play well in the playoffs. I mean 7 1 and dones? Brady has had one. I think in most of those games the Colts were at home and favored.

  79. theservice10 says: Jan 9, 2011 1:12 PM

    patriotsworld says:
    Jan 9, 2011 12:02 PM
    Yup, I’m a Sox fan too. First I’m a bandwagon jumper, then I’m feeling entitled. Which is it?

    You can be both. its possible to jump on the entitled bandwagon but good job trying to prove a point that doesn’t make sense.

  80. theservice10 says: Jan 9, 2011 1:13 PM

    Wisconsin77 says:
    Jan 9, 2011 12:40 PM
    Manning, one of the most overrated QBs in NFL history.

    Totally. Same with Favre and Marino. Steve Young too.

    Idiot.

  81. CKL says: Jan 9, 2011 1:18 PM

    gmsingh says: Jan 9, 2011 9:03 AM

    If somebody want to claim Brady is better than Manning all they have to do is look at what happened to Montana when he went to the Chiefs: not much. Take a Tom Brady out of Belichik’s system and your left with a quarterback that isn’t as good as Peyton Manning.
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    Bad example considering that last time the Chiefs won a playoff game Montana was their QB. And since the HC was Marty I don’t think too many people will be lining up to say he played for a HOF HC either. (aside, I love Marty, but his playoff record was poor)

    Stanklepoot : great post as usual. Hard to believe you are an Eagles fan….you sound like one of ours (Pats) ;)

  82. stanklepoot says: Jan 9, 2011 1:32 PM

    #
    gmsingh says: Jan 9, 2011 9:03 AM

    If somebody want to claim Brady is better than Manning all they have to do is look at what happened to Montana when he went to the Chiefs: not much. Take a Tom Brady out of Belichik’s system and your left with a quarterback that isn’t as good as Peyton Manning.
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    Well, at least you don’t let a little thing like reality get in the way of a bad argument. For your information, Montana did pretty darn well in KC. He led an inferior team to a win over his former team (the year they won the SB with Young), and then he led them to the playoffs. KC was leading that game until Montana got knocked out of the game with an injury.

    Btw, it’s quite telling that your argument revolves around taking Brady out of his current circumstances and putting him in a less advantageous one while leaving Manning where he is. Then again, look at the current situation. Manning is on a team that has spent quite a few first round picks on giving Manning the weapons he needs, while Brady’s greatest success has come when he was surrounded with a group of what I’ll politely refer to as role players. Considering the fact that Brady has been so successful without an elite supporting cast, I’d say that Brady is the QB most likely to be successful on another team.

  83. stanklepoot says: Jan 9, 2011 1:43 PM

    Brady was not 51st on any SI list. He was either 20 or 21 and I’m sure that list will get updated.
    _________________________
    Ok, let me clear things up a little bit. First of all, it wasn’t SI, it was a group of voters set up by NFL Films (which is independent of the NFL for those who aren’t aware of this fact). Brady was listed at 20, with Manning listed at 8. Even during the program where the players’ positions were announced and explained, however, the voters admitted the SB differential was a big thing.

    The voting was done and the shows produced, however, before this season started, when the general thinking was that the Pats would have a down year and the Colts would be a dominant team. During the wrap up show with some of the voters, multiple voters admitted their picks were predicated on the idea that Peyton would win one or two more SBs. Looking at how the Colts team is aging in certain areas (most notably O-line), and the dramatic way in which the Pats have gone from an old team to a young powerhouse, I’d bet that a lot of those votes would now be switched.

  84. pyridineurea says: Jan 9, 2011 2:34 PM

    if manning was playing for the JETS in place of Sanchez —-WOW !!!

    that would be exciting. Super Bowls every year for the next five years !!!

  85. swinbun says: Jan 9, 2011 6:10 PM

    tombrookshire says:
    Jan 9, 2011 7:12 AM
    Peyton Manning can’t get it done yet again and the media again roll out all the excuses for why. Why not just say he is not good enough in the post season. Here is a guy that should be dominant in the regular season and the post season, for all the skills, experience and leadership he has. So enough excuses. Sooner or later, Manning and Caldwell are going to have to account for all the post season choking, and I am sure they are not going to say, Well, it was all the injuries, and the defense has been hurt……blah blah blah
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    you obviously don’t realize the extent to which the Colts were decimated by injuries. The Colts have had over 70 players on their roster this season. Many games, almost half of their starters did not play. So go on with your “excuses, excuses”, but I truly doubt any other playoff team had anywhere near the roster turnover the Colts did. Not even close.

  86. golonger says: Jan 10, 2011 1:14 AM

    swinbun…….you are an absolute moron and nothing could be further from the truth…….stop making excuses for the caveman-foreheaded, over-rated one!!!!!

  87. fan555 says: Jan 10, 2011 10:14 AM

    Poulian’s fault.

  88. cantarguefacts says: Jan 10, 2011 5:38 PM

    Who are the experts that say Manning choked? His stats were fine, he didnt lose this game. He didnt “choke” in any sense of the word. A 9-10 playoff record doesnt reflect on one man. I have never understood that or comparing head to head records of QB’s. Somebody said he need to spend more time watching video and less time making commercials. Are you kidding me? Manning spends more time in the film room than any other QB, I guarantee it. No, dont even argue it. People have no idea how much time quarterbacks spend watching video. Especially guys like Brady and Manning. Those two are the best in the league, hands down. And by some of these arguments that people make it makes it seem like you have to win a Super Bowl every year to be the best. Neither Brady or Manning has done that. I dont get where these idiotic opinions come from. Brady has benefitted from the better overall team while Manning hasnt. Brady was thrown into a team that had a great veteran defense. that makes a difference. Manning has benefitted from better offensive skil players, but not a better run game (the past two season at least). Without a run game the team is one dimensional. I wish people with football knowledge would comment on here. I also hope the Pats shut Rex Ryan up this weekend haha

  89. golonger says: Jan 11, 2011 10:34 PM

    cantarguefacts……nice name, it certainly is appropriate for you. No QB has been given more weapons on offense than Manning…….and what has he done? Won one SB when his Defense rose up and carried him. Look at his stats that playoff run……average. He is a choker plane and simple. Just look at 9 of the 11 playoff loses……..they lost becasue the offense couldnt score points, NOT because of the defense. 2 of those years, the defense was top 10……..you need to get YOUR facts straight.

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