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Peyton Manning Career playoff Stats

Peyton Manning

Is record-setting QB at fault for his teams flaming out in the first round so often?

Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY SportsPeyton Manning leaves the field after the Broncos lost the Ravens in last year's divisional round.

Several years ago when I attended the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La., one of the first people I sought out was Cooper Manning, the eldest of the Manning brothers. You see, as the third of four boys in my family, I understand better than most that if you really want the unvarnished, brutal truth about somebody, just ask their brothers. When I caught up to Cooper, I explained my theory on brothers-as-sources and then I asked him one simple question: After Peyton won Super Bowl XLI, had his notoriously intense, type-A, by-the-book, brother been able to, ya know, loosen up?

[+] EnlargeNope, Cooper replied with a knowing chuckle. Not one little bit. Peyton's more Peyton than ever, he said.

This anecdote popped into my head the other day as I sat in front of my computer screen gob-smacked, trying to make sense of what is one of the more startling, and overlooked, stats of this season's NFL playoffs: Peyton Manning, the as-yet-to-be-named league MVP, has gone one-and-done in the postseason a record eight times, four more than anybody else.

John Leyba/The Denver PostManning celebrated an NFL record for touchdown passes this season.

For anyone who has enjoyed 2013, The Season of Peyton, something just does not compute. Was this the same guy who, at 37 after four neck surgeries, had just thrown for a record 5, 477 yards and 55 TDs while setting a new and virtually unattainable standard of excellence for the art of quarterbacking?

That Peyton Manning? Eight oh-fers?

Manning vs DolphinsAnd, if so, with just a few days before the Broncos' first playoff game and Manning's potential ninth one-and-done, why the heck isn't anyone else talking about this? Are we all so mesmerized by his gaudy regular-season stats that we'd just ignore, possibly, one of the most remarkable performance anomalies in all of sports?

Maybe Manning is so good in the regular season he is able to cover up his team's flaws only to watch them get exposed against elite competition in the playoffs? Maybe he played great in these games and his teammates choked? Maybe the Colts and Broncos were underdogs in these games and not expected to win anyway? Maybe, from a historical perspective, losing your first game in the playoffs eight times is no big deal and we should actually applaud him for getting to the playoffs so often (this is his 13th trip)? Maybe they just ran into a team of destiny, you know, like, eight different times?

Or, maybe, like Cooper had confirmed, Peyton's single flaw, his Achilles' heel, is the fact that the extreme parity and high stakes of the playoffs elevates the importance of the one quarterbacking quality he doesn't possess in droves: the risk-taking, go-for-broke, improvisational, gunslinger mentality.

RoethlisbergerThere had to be some explanation. So, using data originally compiled a year ago by Grantland's Patricia Lee, I decided to get to the bottom of this by breaking down each of Manning one-and-dones.

See for yourself.

GAME 1: Jan. 16, 2000, divisional, Titans (14-3) at Colts (13-3)

Spread: Colts by 5½

Score: Titans 19, Colts 16

Manning performance: 19-42, 227 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 62.3 passer rating. Indy didn't score its first TD until after the two-minute warning.

Mitigating factor: Colts defense gave up 162 yards rushing to Eddie George.

Manning blame scale (1-10): 8

Eliot J. Schechter/Getty ImagesManning's Colts lost in the first round the first three times he took them to the playoffs.
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What is peyton mannings career stats?

Peyton Manning's NFL career stats: 6,348 attempts for 4,110 completions with a total of 48,799 yards. He also has 354 touchdowns and 174 interceptions. Peyton has a QB rating of 95.2.

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What are Peyton Manning's career playoff record and passing statistics?

Peyton Manning career playoff record is 8 wins and 8 loss. Passing Stats, ATT: 612 COM: 379 PCT:61.9 YARDS: 4583 TD: 26. Peyton Manning is 34 yrs. old.

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What is Peyton Mannings playoff record?

Peyton Manning's playoff record is 51-39, also he is 1-1 in the Superbowl.

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