Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) shakes hands with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) after Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Super Bowl 48 Did Nothing to Tarnish the Legacy of Peyton Manning

The Super Bowl is two days back in history now, but the talk has still continued. Specifically, it has been about Peyton Manning and his legacy, whether or not it has been hurt by losing the game on Sunday night. I felt that the way to put a bow around Super Bowl 48 would be to address this topic the way I know how. Opinionated.

Here is a news flash, ladies and gentlemen. It didn’t. Not even a little.

There has been a lot of talk about Peyton’s playoff record. Specifically, the fact that he has lost a record 12 games in the playoffs as a starting quarterback. It is true, but nothing to do with the legacy.

If Peyton Manning wasn’t as good as he is, he wouldn’t have been IN enough playoff games to set that record. We have seen his Colts when Peyton was on the sidelines. 2-14, that is what they were.

Tainted legacy? Over one game? I think not.

And about this “big game” question. I have a one word answer, “nonsense”.

Does anyone question the legacy of Dan Marino? How about Brett Favre? Steve Young? All legitimate legends of the game, yes? Dan Marino won no Super Bowls, and Favre and Young won one each. Nobody questions whether these guys are legends or not. Nobody accuses any of these guys of having questionable legacies.

But Peyton’s is tainted because of one game? I think not.

Let’s look at Manning’s stats and see how they compare with some other legends(stats courtesy of NFL.com):

Peyton Manning:64,964 passing yards, 65.5% completion, 491 TDs, 219 INTs.
Brett Favre:71,838 passing yards, 62% completion, 508 TDs, 336 INTs.
Dan Marino:61,361 passing yards, 59.4% completion, 420 TDs, 252 INTs.
Steve Young:33,124 passing yards, 64.3% completion, 232 TDs, 107 INTs.
Tom Brady:49,149 passing yards, 63.4% completion, 359 TDs, 134 INTs.
Joe Montana:40,551 passing yards, 63.2% completion, 273 TDs, 139 INTs.

Peyton Manning’s statistics are right there with all of these players, wouldn’t you say?

The point is this. Are championships important? Of course they are. But they by no means tell the whole story of a player. His statistics have to be taken into account. His impact on the sport also have to be taken into account. The type of person comes into account as well, and there is nobody in the sport with more class than Peyton Manning.

Despite losing Super Bowl 48, is Peyton Manning’s legacy intact?


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  • michael connell

    Another Manning apologist. Nooone argues he puts up big passing numbers and has won a lot of games. The fact is he performs horribly in the big games.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Amazing you just can’t see the forest for the trees. Let’s get off this Manning love train and examine some facts:

    (1) Regular Season QB Rating 97.2 Playoff QB Rating 89.2 Super Bowl QB Ratings 80.9
    (2) Regular Season 240 games 167 wins 69.6% Playoffs 23 games 11 wins 47.8% with 24 INTs
    (3) Playoff Record: 23 games played and Favored in 18 games!
    (4) 8 times 1 and done, favored in 7 of them. Only time not favored to Jets in 2002 and they lost 41 to 0.

    The fact is Manning — dating all the way back to his days with the Volunteers — could never win the big one. He was the No. 1 recruit in the country, the most high-profile player in the nation and really had only one significant game per year he needed to win in order to advance to the SEC Championship Game. And every year — for four straight years — Manning’s Vols could not figure out a way to beat Steve Spurrier,
    Danny Wuerffel and the Florida Gators.

    When you examine the facts it’s clear that Manning is one of the best regular season QBs ever but falls FAR SHORT when it really counts.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Let’s examine the only Super Bowl Manning, I mean his defense won.
    Manning’s Super Bowl run stats are the worst of anyone quarterback who
    has won any of the last 12 Super Bowls. Take a look:

    2001 (Brady) – 190.7 yards, 0.3 TD, 0.3 INT, 62.5%, 80.3 QBR
    2002 (Brad Johnson) – 223.3 yards, 1.7 TD, 1.0 INT, 54.0%, 79.8QBR
    2003 (Brady) – 264.0 yards, 1.7 TD, 0.7 INT, 59.1%, 83.3 QBR
    2004 (Brady) – 195.7 yards, 1.7 TD, 0.0 INT, 67.7%, 111.0 QBR
    2005 (Ben) – 200.8 yards, 1.8 TD, 0.8 INT, 61.8%, 97.9 QBR
    2006 (Peyton) – 258.5 yards, 0.8 TD, 1.8 INT,63.0%, 68.1 QBR
    2007 (Eli) – 213.5 yards, 1.5 TD, 0.3 INT, 62.3%, 102.2 QBR
    2008 (Ben) – 230.7 yards, 1.0 TD, 0.3 INT, 61.3%, 92.1 QBR
    2009 (Brees) – 244.0 yards, 2.7 TD, 0.0 INT, 69.6%, 115.5 QBR
    2010 (Rodgers) – 273.5 yards, 2.3 TD, 0.5 INT, 67.8%, 106.6 QBR
    2011 (Eli) – 304.8 yards, 2.3 TD, 0.3 INT, 66.4%, 107.5 QBR
    2012 (Flacco) – 285.0 yards, 2.8 TD, 0.0 INT, 57.5%, 118.1 QBR

    threw fewer touchdowns, more interceptions or had a worse quarterback
    rating than Manning. Sure, Brady’s 2001 production was sketchy but that
    was his first season ever. Manning’s yards are only the 5th best out of
    the 12. His completion percentage falls near the mean of the group but
    everything else stinks. By sheer numbers alone, Brad Johnson had a more
    impressive Super Bowl run than Peyton Manning.