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Peyton Manning's passing touchdowns at home show why this might be his final NFL season

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There's no doubt about it. No matter what happens come next Sunday between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game, Peyton Manning will go down as one of the best quarterbacks the NFL has ever seen.

However, this season hasn't exactly been one to remember for the 39-year-old, who will be 40 before the start of the 2016 season, due to the fact he only threw for 2,249 yards, nine touchdowns, and had a shocking 17 interceptions across 10 regular season games.

There's another statistic, however, that will have Broncos worrying ahead of next weekend's AFC Championship clash - the number of touchdowns the 14-time Pro Bowler has thrown at Mile High Stadium.


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Manning has only thrown one passing touchdown across the six home games he has played in this season, including the recent divisional round playoff win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That's right, one touchdown. This occurred during the 23-20 win against the Minnesota Vikings back in week four. It was also only a one-yard pass to Owen Daniels.

He's only managed to throw for just over 1,000 yards across the six games as well, and while his away form isn't that bad (1,417 yards, eight touchdowns), the interceptions are still evenly spread across home and away games.

The only reason Denver might have been able to win against the Steelers was because Pittsburgh didn't have two of their most important offensive players on the field in Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell.

Inconsistency has been a major problem for Manning this season, and now entering the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots, who have one of the best offenses in the league, it could be now or never for him.

It doesn't even matter that they're at home because the 14-time Pro Bowler hasn't been a threat there. He's been unable to move the ball at home all season. Manning needs to show up on Sunday, otherwise this could very well be his last ever NFL game, and a cakewalk to the Super Bowl for the Patriots.

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