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Peyton Manning downplays his “wobbly passes”

Peyton Manning, Robert Mathis AP

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning appeared to lose some zip on his fastball on Sunday night after Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis drilled him to force a fumble and a safety. But Manning said after the Broncos’ 39-33 loss to the Colts that he didn’t think the ugly ducks he was throwing were a problem.

Asked if Mathis’s hit caused him to throw some bad passes later in the game, Manning said that he doesn’t always throw a perfect spiral, and he has played just fine without throwing perfect spirals.

“I throw a lot of wobbly passes. I throw a lot of wobbly touchdowns too,” Manning said. “It was a good hit so I can’t say it did it but it was certainly a good hit, a healthy one as I would call it.”

Manning did, however, acknowledge that the Mathis hit was a turning point in the game.

“That was a big play,” Manning said. “Certainly any time you give them the safety and give them the ball again, it’s potentially a nine-point swing. Robert Mathis is a great player. It was a great play by him and that was one, among others, a couple of plays where we gave them some points or some field position and ultimately it was too tough to overcome.”

It says a lot about the season Manning is having that he completed 29 of 49 passes for 386 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception, and that adds up to by far his worst game of the year. The toughest thing for the Broncos to overcome may be that they haven’t shown they can win unless Manning is flawless.

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  1. skoobyfl says: Oct 21, 2013 6:38 AM

    There’s a hole in the Dragon’s armor, Mathis found it.

  2. wryly1 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:47 AM

    There’s just no way anyone, including Peyton Manning, could continue at the pace he was on. His game had to reneter the earth’s atmosphere at some point.

  3. Rockets GM says: Oct 21, 2013 7:21 AM

    The arm wasn’t “normal” after the Mathis sack/strip/fumble/safety — It didn’t have the zip you’d expect. Luck had almost too much zip on his passes though. Good God! Simmer down now young gun, simmer down.

  4. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 21, 2013 7:28 AM

    If they played with the sense of urgency they had in the fourth quarter the whole game.

    The Broncos will not make a deep playoff run with that pass protection and defense.

  5. cursedvikings1998 says: Oct 21, 2013 7:34 AM

    Hey Broncos fans, how do you like your quarterback now? Less than 50% completion percentage, two turnovers, can’t run, and got sacked three times.

    This is the real Peyton Manning.

  6. cursedvikings1998 says: Oct 21, 2013 7:39 AM

    By the way that wasn’t a safety, it was a touchdown. Just like the Colts’ previous defensive touchdownt that the zebras didn’t allow. The refs did everything they did to cook this game for the Broncos, but justice eventually prevailed.

    And the Broncos defense is horrific.

  7. bleedgreen says: Oct 21, 2013 7:50 AM

    cursedvikings1998 says:
    Oct 21, 2013 7:34 AM
    Hey Broncos fans, how do you like your quarterback now? Less than 50% completion percentage, two turnovers, can’t run, and got sacked three times.
    ——————–

    Not too good at math are you? 29/49 is 59%.

  8. serkeljerks says: Oct 21, 2013 7:58 AM

    It’s hard to come back with a rebuttal regarding Manning and the “big” games. The stats just don’t lie. Whatever *it* is, whatever that elusive ‘thing’ that makes a big game “big”…..he just doesn’t like it.

    Denver could go 15-1 from here on out……and no Broncos fan could possibly be comfortable in thinking that Manning is clutch during the playoffs. A very prestigious history, accomplished regular season history……is eerily silenced with his noticeable stumbling in big games.

    I enjoy me some Manning……..but you have to call a spade a spade.

  9. friscokid49 says: Oct 21, 2013 8:14 AM

    his passes have been wobbly all season.

  10. 4thqtrsaint says: Oct 21, 2013 8:25 AM

    Manning, unlike Irsay, is a class act. Even in defeat.

  11. jjackwagon says: Oct 21, 2013 8:31 AM

    At least there is still one undefeated team in the AFC West. Sorry you couldn’t stand up to the pressure Peyton.(Not really).

  12. dynasonic says: Oct 21, 2013 8:32 AM

    cursedvikings1998 says:
    Oct 21, 2013 7:34 AM
    Hey Broncos fans, how do you like your quarterback now? Less than 50% completion percentage, two turnovers, can’t run, and got sacked three times.
    ——————–

    Not too good at math are you? 29/49 is 59%.

    ************

    Well in his defense… Vikings Fans are pretty bad at math. They don’t get enough practice adding numbers in the WIN COLUMN.

  13. jasonculhane says: Oct 21, 2013 8:40 AM

    I think the reason the Broncos were a little complacent was their entire offensive line is another injury from completely caving in. They’ve been doing well plugging guys in, but that means guys gotta learn the audibles, different run calls etc.

    It looked like to me with Orlando Franklin gone their play calling was a little cut off. It also really affected the run game missing Franklin as well.

  14. sbaltimore says: Oct 21, 2013 8:44 AM

    Well thank goodness it’s just his wobbly PASSES he was downplaying.

    (Ashley Manning was unavailable for comment.)

  15. joetoronto says: Oct 21, 2013 8:45 AM

    Wait until later in the year, when he’s thrown thousands of passes and it blistering cold outside.

    These passes are going to look great in comparison.

    The Bronco’s have no defense and the Chiefs have no offense, Indy is the team to beat in the AFC.

  16. rmfields says: Oct 21, 2013 8:49 AM

    wryly1 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:47 AM

    “There’s just no way anyone, including Peyton Manning, could continue at the pace he was on. His game had to reneter the earth’s atmosphere at some point.”

    386 yards and 3 TDs is actually Peyton Manning continuing the pace he was on. It was actually above his per game average for yards (he entered the game averaging 363.17 passing yards per game).

    So if anything, he picked up the pace a little bit.

  17. packerbackernj says: Oct 21, 2013 8:54 AM

    The Broncos faced only 2 good teams this year, the cowboys and the Colts. Both teams shelled that broncos defense. Cowboys almost won, colts did win. The Broncos are highly over rated. Been saying all year. They score ungodly points against the Jags, Giants, Raiders, Eagles, and Ravens and they got the praise of gods. There’s a reason those teams combine for an 8-25 record. Broncos are severely over rated, have been this whole year.

  18. hjworton46 says: Oct 21, 2013 9:14 AM

    Considering the reserve level OL we have in Denver, I think it’s pretty incredible that PM has been so well protected this season. Penalties and turnovers equal losses, so it is what it is. On to the next game.

  19. MyTeamsAllStink says: Oct 21, 2013 9:22 AM

    Brady Brees and Rodgers over manning a yeah.Manning is the best regular season QB ever.Irsay was dead on,they went after titles by letting him go and getting Luck.

  20. indypappaw says: Oct 21, 2013 9:41 AM

    As a Colts fan that watched every game that Peyton played in the blue and whites, I have back up Peyton on this. It is true when he states he throws a lot of those passes. Every game there are at least a couple of lame ducks. Does that mean Mathis was not in his head? I don’t know, but I believe he was. In his comments leading up to the game he had voiced concern for Mathis. Remember, Peyton played in countless practices with Robert, and knows full well the havoc he is capable of creating for opposing quarterbacks.

  21. indypappaw says: Oct 21, 2013 9:47 AM

    Oh, and jjackwagon, don’t count your chickens my friend. If I recall correctly we play the Chiefs in a few weeks. Now, while ther defense is much better than the Broncos, it is questionable whether or not Smith can out shoot Luck, if it comes to that. I certainly do not think my Colts are the BEST team in the league, but they sure seem to be playing the role of giant killers this season and taking out those teams considered the best. Should be a good game however it goes.

  22. realfootballfan says: Oct 21, 2013 9:49 AM

    serkeljerks,

    I think it’s more complex than just big games psyching him out because I think many of those Colt teams way overachieved with him at QB and then got exposed against better competition, which is usually what you face in the playoffs (not almost 6 automatic wins yearly against the terrible AFC South and now nearly as pathetic AFC West), but it’s undeniable that he’s never been able to pull the rabbit out of its hat when the chips are down going all the way back to never being able to get Tennessee over the hump against Steve Spurrier’s Gators. On the other hand, Andrew Luck seems to have it in spades because when the unexpected happens to his team, he just seems to elevate to another zone. Its one of the reasons that although I thought Irsay wasn’t trying to diss Manning last week and the media blew what he said way out of proportion (because notice he mentioned Reggie Wayne in that same quote), moving on to Luck will end up paying off for them huge in short order.

  23. bigbeefyd says: Oct 21, 2013 9:54 AM

    cursedvikings1998 says:
    Oct 21, 2013 7:34 AM
    Hey Broncos fans, how do you like your quarterback now? Less than 50% completion percentage, two turnovers, can’t run, and got sacked three times.

    This is the real Peyton Manning.
    ******************************************
    Or you could actually do the math. 29 of 49 is about 60%.

  24. All-American Voltron says: Oct 21, 2013 10:05 AM

    Peyton’s stats are misleading, the Colts defense generally shut them down, then when the Colts had the lead after halftime, they went all Minnesota Vikings and tried running the clock out and switched to prevent defense, even though there was more than a quarter remaining. More than half those Peyton stats came from garbage time is my point.

  25. contract says: Oct 21, 2013 10:33 AM

    Manning was having trouble throwing it 30 yards.

  26. malvaren18 says: Oct 21, 2013 10:40 AM

    Manning was nervous and it wasn’t because of the opposing team, you could tell the fans really got to him.
    This will all change if they meet in January in Denver, no fan support for those pu… Colts.

  27. haywoodjablomee says: Oct 21, 2013 10:42 AM

    While watching the game, I noticed how Manning was releasing the ball like Bernie Kosar. And that’s not necessarily good.

  28. azwildcats96 says: Oct 21, 2013 10:42 AM

    Colts played a great game, Broncos didn’t. That being said, had Hillman not fumbled on the goaline, and IF the Broncos had managed a touchdown instead, Prater’s last field goal would have been the game winner. Not bad considering how horrible the Broncos played for 3 quarters.

  29. insley29 says: Oct 21, 2013 10:49 AM

    Sooo, how many Super Bowls do you have to win before you’re no longer a choker in big games. Just curious about the Manning vitriol.

  30. candidad389 says: Oct 21, 2013 11:11 AM

    That “garbage time” would have probably led to a win if Hillman didn’t fumble near the goal line…Try again, JOKE!!!

  31. cursedvikings1998 says: Oct 21, 2013 11:29 AM

    ———————————————-
    dynasonic says:
    Oct 21, 2013 8:32 AM
    cursedvikings1998 says:
    Oct 21, 2013 7:34 AM
    Hey Broncos fans, how do you like your quarterback now? Less than 50% completion percentage, two turnovers, can’t run, and got sacked three times.
    ——————–

    Not too good at math are you? 29/49 is 59%.

    ************

    Well in his defense… Vikings Fans are pretty bad at math. They don’t get enough practice adding numbers in the WIN COLUMN.
    ——————————————-

    And Broncos fans aren’t very good at logic apparently. I’m not a Vikings fan. I hate the Vikings. Why would a Vikings fan have the name “cursed vikings”? Hmmm?

  32. cursedvikings1998 says: Oct 21, 2013 11:30 AM

    I stand by what I said previously. Okay, he had a completion percentage of 59%. So what? He still got sacked three times (because he can’t move), he can’t run at all, he turned over the ball twice, and he always chokes in big games, unless he’s playing against Rex Grossman.

    Again, this is the real Peyton Manning.

  33. candidad389 says: Oct 21, 2013 11:37 AM

    MyTeamsAllStink:

    Seriously??? Brees and Rodgers over Manning? Brady…I will give you that one if you would like just because of the 3 SB victories, but Brees and Rodgers? Serioiusly??? Both have equal SB wins as Manning, but have each only played in one. Next coming, “well Brees beat Manning in the SB.” Last I checked QBs score on defenses, not other QBs. All this talk about so-and-so has this many rings, so-and-so beat so-and-so, Peyton beat Rex Grossman is garbage. Peyton beat the 2nd ranked defense in the league to win his Superbowl. QBs are not on the field at the same time, IT IS A TEAM GAME…TEAMS WIN TOGETHER AND TEAMS LOSE TOGETHER. At least Peyton is consistently in the playoffs and soon-to-be a 5 time MVP. Who else is even close? That is what I thought!!!!!!

  34. joetoronto says: Oct 21, 2013 11:59 AM

    The Bronco’s are who we thought they were, a severely overrated team with no defense at all and a front office full of drunks.

  35. bear350cid says: Oct 21, 2013 12:49 PM

    Yup they sure found something, The Refs, Bring them with you anywhere you go your bound to win, That was the Most Piss poor non Calling on indys DBs Holding the crap out of the Bronco’s Rec’s and getting calls against the Broncos, after all the First time Peyton marched down the first set of downs, then the tables turned with the refs. Its a sorry thing when the Refs are taking over the game. Would of loved to see the Real outcome of the game without the Indy Refs. It would have been a better game if they would have made the game fair, As soon as they seen the Bronco’s coming back Here comes the Poor Flags again. What a shame to take a win away from the Colts like that, And Yes the Colts, Because they could of won the game without the Piss Poor calling that was intentional and everyone seen, Oh boy, The Crowd even felt bad after seeing those calls, Come on Refs After 35 years of watching football Do I need my eyes checked ?

  36. somethingsmellsrotten says: Oct 21, 2013 2:34 PM

    Thank you Colts! Now I don’t have to listen to the obnoxious, blowhard Donkey fans talking about how the ’72 Dolphins should be worried.

  37. jjackwagon says: Oct 21, 2013 3:03 PM

    At least one team in the AFC West is still undefeated.

  38. svn2011 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:13 PM

    “It says a lot about the season Manning is having that he completed 29 of 49 passes for 386 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception, and that adds up to by far his worst game of the year. The toughest thing for the Broncos to overcome may be that they haven’t shown they can win unless Manning is flawless.”
    ===
    Kinda proves irsay’s point doesnt it ? Broncos are like peyton colts right now. They need him to be perfect to win.

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