NFL Playoffs: What Is Really to Blame for Peyton Manning Losing in Postseason?

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NFL Playoffs: What Is Really to Blame for Peyton Manning Losing in Postseason?
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I refuse to believe in the ridiculous notion that Peyton Manning isn't "clutch." First of all, I'm personally of the belief that the whole concept doesn't exist, but let's table that for now. 

If "clutch" is defined as winning big games against big opponents, then Peyton Manning is definitely clutch. In prime-time games since 2003, Manning has an outstanding 31-8 record, including a 12-4 mark on Monday Night Football that gives him the highest winning percentage among quarterbacks in its history. 

But neither I, nor anyone else, can get over the issues he has had in the playoffs. He has been knocked out in his first game eight times and has a 9-11 record overall. 

So if his perceived lack of "clutchness" isn't the issue, what is? Here are the five real reasons Peyton Manning has struggled in the playoffs. 

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