You heard it all week long, folks. If Peyton Manning loses Super Bowl XLVIII, will it tarnish his legacy? How would a loss affect his legacy among the all-time great quarterbacks?
Well, the Denver Broncos were absolutely torched by the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday’s big game and Manning dropped to 1-2 in Super Bowls. But, mark my words — he is still the greatest quarterback to ever play in the National Football League.
Manning has all the accolades he needs to be the best quarterback of all-time. He has a record five NFL MVP awards. He’s won a Super Bowl ring. He owns the records for most passing yards and most passing touchdowns in a single season, and this year’s Denver offense broke a record seemingly every week of the season — of course, you’re thinking “duh, that’s regular season buddy.”
Okay, let’s talk playoffs, shall we?
Manning joins just five quarterbacks to ever play in 20 postseason games, according to Pro Football Reference: Tom Brady, Steve Young, Brett Favre, Joe Montana and John Elway. Out of all of those quarterbacks — who have the most playoff experience in NFL history — Manning has the highest postseason completion percentage, highest amount of yards per game and second-lowest interception rate.
Sure, Manning now has 12 playoff losses compared to his 11 wins — so what? He’s played the third-most postseason games in the history of the league! Chances are, the more games you play, the more games you’ll lose when it’s all said and done — am I right? With Brady playing three more games in the playoffs than Manning, it is Manning who owns those records I previously stated.
Look, if we’re talking rings here, then Joe Flacco and Trent Dilfer may as well be on the same level as Manning. If we’re talking rings here, then Tyronn Lue had a better career than Chris Paul has had up to this point. If you are judging solely on rings and rings alone, you are a fool — there’s no other way to put it. Manning is the greatest quarterback of all-time, regardless of what happened in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Deal with it.