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Quarterbacks get too much credit and too much blame.
That goes with the territory of being an NFL starting quarterback.
And while the 2012 Denver Broncos season will be remembered for many victories, it ended with a thud.
The Peyton Manning experiment was without a doubt a major success.
The Broncos won five more games in 2012 and nearly had the division won by Thanksgiving.
But you are only as good as your last game, and Manning looked to be pressing Saturday.
He finished the game 28-of-43 for 290 yards and three touchdowns. He was also sacked three times, threw two interceptions and fumbled once.
Late in the first overtime period, Manning had a 2nd-and-6 from the Denver 38-yard line. Flushed from the pocket, he rolled to his right and then threw back across his body to a well-covered Brandon Stokley.
Ravens cornerback Corey Graham intercepted his second pass of the day and gave the Ravens the ball already in Denver territory.
One first down later, and the Ravens kicked the game-winning field goal.
Of all quarterbacks in the NFL, Manning knows better than to make that play.
Yet, as I stated earlier, he did seem to be pressing.
The Denver offense scored just 21 points Saturday, nine points under their average.
Manning came back from multiple neck surgeries to win a Super Bowl. Not to lose to a hot-and-cold Ravens team at home.
Yes, the Manning experiment was a success.
So why does this feel just like the playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1996?