This one certainly gonna stick with Peyton, but this was a pretty good example of how things go beyond ones control.
I've spoken up and against for Brady, Peyton, Romo, Dan, Favre, just about everybody over the years in here. We've had a ton of good QB talk.
But I just watched an all time elite QB put up 34 of 49 for 280, get smoked by a QB that didn't do anything at all until his receivers made 2 ridiculous plays in the second half, up 29-0 and 36-8 and finished with 206 yards on 18/25.
Every single snap of that game was on Peyton's shoulders. Tavares Jackson could have played the first half and the Seahawks would still have led easily at halftime.
The Super Bowl winning QB threw 3 TD's in 3 games. 2 of them garbage time, both of those were insane plays by his WR. The 3rd was a fluke "toss it up" on an offsides 4th down play.
I have literally, never seen anything like that. In this day and age of QB means everything, passing numbers thru the roof, a guy literally did nothing for 3 playoff games, and won each time. Against pretty good QB's, and at least respectable defenses.
I know that Russ is better than Trent Dilfer by a wide margin. But this past month was the 2000 Ravens all over again. That defense and big bruising RB looked real, real familiar to me.
What it all means for Peyton........I don't know. Bottom line, he has a SB win. He has a ton of records. And he has another year (maybe?) to get some more numbers up next year. No matter what, he's had a fine career. But give a team a week or two to prep for him and his team, and he seems to come up short an awful lot. His fault or otherwise, I don't know. He looked great against NE, he'll always have that game over Brady, and Brady looked awful that day. But Seattle looked just like Tampa against Oakland where they knew every play, before they happened. They were ALL OVER Denver, from the first kickoff on.
In time, maybe people will examine the how's and whys, for now, Peyton is certainly one of the best ever, but I'm not sure he'll ever be the unanimous #1 due to playoff performances.
Ben twice, Eli twice, Flacco, now Wilson. Only Aaron Rodgers and Peyton mixed in with all those.
The days of "have to have an elite QB to win it all" may just be gone now. Pitt, NYG, Balt, and Sea, what do they all have in common???????
And the year that Peyton won, what was the factor most credited? His best defense in Indy.
Rodgers is the only one I can think of that won without a "great" defense, but that Pack team was pretty solid.