Every time I turn on the TV all I hear is Romo can’t win in the clutch, Romo can’t win big games, Romo can’t win in the post season. What about Peyton Manning? Peyton Manning has what may be the worst post season record in NFL history. The numbers don’t lie and I am growing weary of the Talking Heads putting certain players on a pedestal. The truth shall set you free!
Peyton Manning: Biggest Choker in NFL History?
If you watch football on a regular basis, you would think that Peyton Manning is a God. The NFL network will make it a point to show the drop-off in Tony Romo’s numbers in December, but you will never see them point out the drop-off in Peyton Manning’s numbers in the playoffs. It’s dramatic to say the least. The information provided in the table below is staggering.
Peyton Manning Post Season Stats:
(Peyton Mannings Post Season stats are courtesy of Pro Football Reference.)
The first fact that really stuck out to me was in 8 of the trips to the playoffs, (1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012) Peyton Manning lost the first game of the post season.
Peyton Manning’s average career completion percentage in the regular season is 65.4. The drop off in the post season is ridiculous. Peyton Manning’s average career passer rating in the regular season is 96.9. This drop off in the post season is also dramatic.
- 1999; 45.24%, 62.3 passer rating, 2000; 53.13%, 2002; 45.16%, 82.o passer rating.
- 2003: 48.94%(this was in game 3 when it counted the most: he had 1 TD and 4 interceptions for a passer rating of 35.5.
- 2005: 57.89%, 2006; 78.95%. However, in game 1 vs KC, he threw 3 picks to 1 TD, for a 71.9 passer rating, but his defense held them to only 8 points. 50% In game 2 vs Baltimore, he had zero TD’s, 2 interceptions, and a passer rating of 39.5, but again, his defense saved his butt and only allowed 6 points. Peyton Manning would go on to win the Super Bowl that year, but he wasn’t much help. He put up 1 TD out of the 29 points scored and one interception for a passer rating of 81.6.
- 2007: He completed 68.75% of his passes, but along with his 3 TD’s he had 2 interceptions that cost them the game. 2008; 59.52%, but he only put up 1 TD and lost again.
- 2009: Game one vs Bal 65.15%, 2 TD’s and 1 interception, for a passer rating of 87.9. Game two, vs the Jets, he played lights out. 66.67%, 3 TD’s zero interceptions, and a passer rating of 123.6. Then comes the big game vs the saints. 68.9%, but he only put up 1 TD to 1 interception and lost, 31-17.
- 2010: 69.23%, but he only put up 225 yards and 1 TD in an upset vs the Jets.
- 2012: This was a meltdown of epic proportions vs the Baltimore Ravens. The Broncos were favorites to go to the Super Bowl, but in a close game, Peyton Manning threw 2 timely interceptions that cost them the game.
- 2013: Peyton Manning is boasting a 112.9 passer rating and completing 67.8% of his passes on the season. The Denver Broncos are favorites to go the Super Bowl again this year, but last week when it was an important game vs the San Diego Chargers when they were volleying for a good playoff spot, Peyton Manning, once again threw a timely interception and the Broncos lost the game 27-20.
The talking heads from the television networks can say what they want about Tony Romo’s December record, but at the end of the day,
Peyton Mannings’ 32 TD’s to 21 interceptions and an average passer rating of 88.4 in the post season speaks volumes.
With exception to one year when his defense saved his butt, he had a melt down in almost every major playoff game. For a guy to have gone to the playoffs 12 times, have zero wins in 8 of the appearances, and only win 1 Super Bowl (that his defense carried him to), proves only one thing: Peyton Manning can’t play in the clutch. In fact, that may be the worst post season record in NFL history!
Tony Romo has only been to the playoffs 3 times and has a win. They can hate on Tony all they want: you can only fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. This is just more evidence of the bias towards Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys. Enough said.