Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning entered his name in the record books once again by surpassing Brett Favre's record at the weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs to become the NFL's all-time career passing yardage leader.
However, the day may be remembered for a different reason entirely, and it could be the ultimate deciding factor in the 39-year-old's career.
With 6:34 remaining in the third quarter, Manning threw his fourth interception of the game with the Chiefs still leading 22-0, and he walked off the field to a series of boos. The next possession, the five-time NFL MVP was benched for Brock Osweiler.
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The backup quarterback helped his team score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but this wasn't enough for any sort of comeback, as the Broncos lost 29-13 to their divisional rivals.
The game was out of their hands by the time Manning had thrown his fourth interception of the game, so it was the right call by head coach Gary Kubiak to bench the prolific quarterback. It appears that they'll still be moving forward with him under center when the Broncos play the Chicago Bears and their former head coach John Fox next week.
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Kubiak said according to USA Today: "Peyton is our quarterback. If he’s healthy and ready to go, he’s our quarterback.”
That may be the case, but for how long?
Manning four interceptions yesterday against the Chiefs has been a common occurrence throughout this season. While his interceptions are the highest in the league this season with 17, it's his completion percentage which is the most concerning.
Peyton has a completion percentage this year of 59.9, his lowest in his career since his rookie year where he had a completion percentage of 56.7. He only completed five of his 20 passes yesterday for 35 yards and a QB rating of zero. That's right, zero.
Manning's health is evidently becoming a huge factor in his game now, as he was visibly uncomfortable yesterday after being sacked twice when he tried to step into his throws. He did have foot problems which limited his practice, but a guy like Peyton isn't going to let that stop him from playing.
The Broncos defense was unable to win the game for the team this time, and the AFC West franchise lost their second game in succession. It's clear that this has to be the last season for the former Super Bowl Champion.
And that's the last goal on his mind, the Super Bowl. This is where Manning should be ending his career and must do everything he can to get there. Favre said he wants to see Peyton there when he congratulated him in a video message yesterday.
But after that, he needs to call it a day. If he continues to play like this, he is just going to ruin his legacy.
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