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Should Peyton Manning Still Be Considered One Of The Greatest Quarterbacks In NFL History After Super Bowl XLVIII?

Submitted by on February 3, 2014 – 1:05 pmNo Comment

I still cannot believe what I witnessed last night. I knew that the Seattle Seahawks defense was good. I also knew that, given the right circumstances, the Seahawks offense could put some points up on the board. But if you would have told me prior to last night’s Super Bowl XLVIII that the Seahawks would win by 35—yes 35!—points against the Denver Broncos, I would have bet my house, my car, my computer, and hell, anything I could have gotten my hands on against you. After all, the Broncos have Peyton Manning on their roster! So even if Seattle scored, like, 70 points, surely the Broncos would be able to score at least 36 and lose by less than 35, right? Er, not quite.

By now, you’ve seen the final score of Sunday’s Super Bowl. And you’re probably as confused as me. How in the world did the Broncos lose to the Seahawks by 35 points? The final score was 43-8. And it just doesn’t seem like it was real. Peyton Manning is one of, if not the best quarterback in the history of the NFL. So how did the Seahawks hold him to just 8 points in the game? I still can’t believe that they were able to do it.

They did it, though. And in the process, Manning’s legacy—whether he wants to admit it or not—took a hit. Now, people won’t automatically think “tons of touchdowns” or “Super Bowl champion” when they discuss Manning. Instead, one of the first things that will flash into their heads will be “43-8,” and they’ll wonder how he only managed to put up 8 points with such a potent offense against the Seahawks. It should be noted that the Seahawks do have one of the best defenses in Super Bowl history. But still, the NFL is designed to allow for quarterbacks to throw for 300 yards and three touchdowns every game! So the simple fact that Manning only managed to lead his team to 8 points during a Super Bowl in front of the world will ruin his reputation just a bit.

Does that mean that Manning is suddenly mediocre or second-rate? Not in the least. Manning will still go down as one of the best to ever put on football pads. But he’s no longer in the “G.O.A.T.” discussion. His monumental failure in Super Bowl XLVIII didn’t just cost him a Super Bowl; it also cost him a spot at the head of the table when it comes to QBs. And it’s going to be very difficult for him to redeem himself next season, assuming he plays next season, with “43-8″ lingering over his head.

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