Hear ye, hear ye! It’s time for us as a population to stop being Peyton Manning apologists. While people like to ignore the elephant in the room, after last night’s Super Bowl performance, the truth can no longer be avoided. Manning will go down as the greatest REGULAR season quarterback, but that’s where it ends. Whether stans want to admit it or not, his futility in the postseason will forever diminish his standing among the all-time legends.
Now, I’ll be the first to concede, if you look at Peyton’s numbers on paper, it’s hard to argue against him. I mean, pick a regular season record, son! He damn near has all of them. From passing yards to touchdowns to passer rating to MVP awards, the man’s numbers easily shit on his nearest competitor. However, you know what record he also has? The most postseason loses for a starting QB. After last night, his record is officially 11-12 in the playoffs and 1-2 in the Super Bowl. Now, need I remind you, one lose sends you home for the season. That means his defeats spread across 12 seasons, son! Are blind defenders going to tell me he’s not responsible for any of those failures? Every single year, I hear some bullshit excuse about why a lose isn’t Peyton’s fault. After 12 postseason exits, we’re still playing this game, bruh? Get the fuck out of here! Even though he has one title under his belt, that win came against the sorry ass Chicago Bears. I’m supposed to respect that, son? What about the eight first-round playoff loses? What about the crippling interception he threw against the New Orleans Saints that essentially sealed the game for them in Super Bowl XLIV? What about the two interceptions he threw last night against the Seattle Seahawks? What about all of the years he was Tom Brady‘s and Bill Belichick‘s bitch during his tenure with the Indianapolis Colts? These factors can’t be ignored, man! They’re as much a part of his legacy as the passing yards and touchdowns.
In the end, I know a few people are going to hate me for this post. Don’t get mad at me because your boy doesn’t get it done in the playoffs. He’s supposed to be the greatest QB of all time and only scored 8 points in what could be his last game. Although we’ll have to wait and see what the tests say about his surgically-repaired neck, if this is the end for Peyton, this is a shitty way to go out, man. Regardless of the fronting some people are doing, this is a definite hit to his legacy. All in all, I’d much rather be Joe Montana than Dan Marino, son. Records can be broken, but championships are forever. Good day.
P.S. As a New York Giants fan, it’s my public duty to remind y’all Eli Manning has two championships and has never lost a Super Bowl. I’m just going to ignore the atrocious season he had. Thank you and I’m out.