The game was tied at 35 with just under a minute left in the first overtime period when Manning, at his own 38-yard line, was flushed out of the pocket. He attempted to hit Brandon Stokley on the right side of the field, but the pass was forced, inaccurate and lobbed across the field.
Corey Graham picked it off at Denver's 45 and came up with his second interception of the game.
Sixteen yards and a few Ray Rice runs later, rookie kicker Justin Tucker kicked the game-winning 47-yard field goal.
So, did Manning choke?
And more importantly, is Manning's legacy tainted by his inability to win in the postseason?
Per Numbers Never Lie:
Fox Sports' Alex Marvez has an even more stunning stat for us:
Peyton Manning has now lost 8 opening playoff games. Only 1 career playoff 4th-quarter/overtime comeback. Rough end to great 2012 season— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) January 13, 2013
The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy says what we're all thinking:
I wonder if Tebow is thinking "at least I led the Broncos to a playoff win at home"— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) January 13, 2013
@matthewberrytmr Tebow is higher than Peyton on the all time Bronco playoff win list. Just saying.— Jag Benet (@DefyingSobriety) January 13, 2013
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora was a bit more diplomatic with his approach:
Great season for Peyton Manning, but he suffers yet another postseason setback. Outplayed by Flacco today. What a game.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 13, 2013
CBS Sports' Mike Freeman summed it up with this:
Manning chokes.— mike freeman (@realfreemancbs) January 13, 2013
Do Manning's postseason failures detract from his HOF career?
Yep, Manning choked, and it's not the first time he's choked in the playoffs.
Will this latest disappointment detract from his incredible comeback season or his Hall of Fame career?
I think not.
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