Touchdown after touchdown after touchdown. Something that was usually the Denver Broncos‘ specialty ultimately became the Seattle Seahawks‘ when Super Bowl XLVIII was over with — offense. Peyton Manning saw his Broncos get blown out, 43-8, in one of the most lopsided Super Bowls in the history of the NFL.
The veteran quarterback — widely considered one of the top three QBs of all time — looked dejected following the defeat, making his record 1-2 in Super Bowls for his career and landing his 12th playoff loss. Yes, 12 playoff losses is the most of any quarterback in league history, but why does that mean nothing for his legacy?
For one, the quarterback has been a model of consistency for the rest of the league, regarded as the best regular season quarterback of all time. Sure, he has lost two out of three Super Bowls and 12 playoff games all together, but how many elite quarterbacks have made three Super Bowls or have even played 20-plus playoff games?
You could probably count on one hand the amount of QBs to do both.
The greatest quarterbacks of all time come back from adversity and show the world just why they are even in the conversation. Manning will do just that in 2014.
Not many quarterbacks can say they are getting better with age, but a 37-year-old Manning seems to be just getting started in his quest for multiple Super Bowl rings.
Don’t knock Manning for losing in one of the ugliest Super Bowls in history, it was a team effort. He wasn’t on his game — not nearly — and he still managed to pass for 280 yards and a touchdown.
Anyone who says he’s not in the conversation for best QB of all time anymore, just take a look at what he did against Tom Brady in the playoffs this year.
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