Now, normally my hackles would be raised by anyone getting close to my beloved Green Bay Packers record book, but for Peyton I make an exception.
You see, Indy, I really hated the way you unceremoniously dropped Peyton after his neck surgery. You released him March 7, 2012, and in less than three weeks, he was picked up by the Denver Broncos.
Let’s take a look at what you threw away.
“On the opening game of the 2013 NFL season, Manning became one of only six players in NFL history to throw seven touchdowns in a game, doing so against the defending Super Bowl XLVII champions, the Baltimore Ravens. He added to this feat by not throwing an interception, tying Y. A. Tittle as one of the only two players to have a 7:0 touchdown to interception ratio in a single game . . . Against the Oakland Raiders in week three, Manning broke the record for most touchdown passes in the first three games of a season after throwing 12, surpassing Tom Brady’s 2011 record.” (Wikipedia)
Oh, I don’t like the Patriots either.
“In Week 16 against the Houston Texans, Manning broke Brady’s record for most touchdown passes in a season with 51 on a 25 yard touchdown pass to Julius Thomas, he finished the regular season with 55 touchdown passes, in addition to throwing for a league record 5,477 yards. His 450 completions is tied for second most all time. The Broncos scored an NFL record 606 points, becoming the first team to ever to eclipse 600 points in a season. They had more 50 point games in a season than any other team in NFL history, with three. Four Broncos receivers recorded at least 10 touchdowns, an NFL record and Manning set the record for most 4+ touchdown passing games in a season, with nine. His 115.1 passer rating ranks fifth all time and he joins Tom Brady to be the only two QB’s to have a passer rating of 110.0 or higher in more than one season. The Broncos went on to win their Divisonal Round playoff game against the San Diego Chargers by a score of 24-17. They beat the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game by a score of 26-16.”
Oh, he also beat the Colts Sunday with three touchdown passes to Julias Thomas.