The Greatest Ever? Peyton Manning Is Officially Out of the Conversation

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IFebruary 7, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to pass against the New Orleans Saints during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Peyton Manning will go down in history as one of the greatest Quarterbacks ever. During the regular season.

Sunday, when Peyton Manning had the chance to include himself in the conversations of the best ever, Manning threw the ball, and game, into the hands of Tracy Porter. Porter who returned the interception 74 yards for a touchdown, and put the final nail in the coffin of the Indianapolis Colts.

With a score to tie the game, this could have possibly been the first Super Bowl to go into overtime. Had Manning got the ball in OT, and drove the Colts to the victory, many people could have said none were better.

All of that is gone.

Now, Colts fans are going to be quick to jump to the defense of Manning, and I can understand why. Manning does have some of the best stats of anyone to play the game.

As a Steelers fan, I will say that Terry Bradshaw is one of the best ever. Some people will say that Terry is not in Peytons league. Some say, the only reason that Terry Bradshaw ever won the Super Bowl was because of the people around him.

Here is where they  differ.

Every time Terry Bradshaw played in a Super Bowl, not only did he win, but he made the difference in the game.

In all four of Terry Bradshaws Super Bowl appearances, in the fourth quarter, Terry Bradshaw threw a touchdown to either take the lead, or to put the game away.

All the regular season stats, all of the wins, TD's, QB rating, all of it, Manning is the best. But when the game is on the line, when the game means the most, Manning chokes.

Prior to the New England Patirots playing the New York Giants, for the perfect season, Bradshaw sat down with Tom Brady. In the interview, Bradshaw said that he recognizes that he does not have the stats of the Marinos and the Mannings. But, at the end of the most important game of the year, he delivered.

Bradshaw said to Brady, you win this game, you are in the room with us (Joe Montana). Everyone else, only comes close.