Peyton Manning will be the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback in the postseason.
Until this season, that sentence would have never needed to be written, but this has been a year unlike any Manning has ever faced. While Denver did go 7-2 in his nine starts, he threw 17 interceptions as opposed to nine touchdowns, and completed just 59.8 percent of his passes.
The 39-year-old was sacked at a career-high pace, and had the worst touchdown and interception rates of his career. He was finally pulled on Nov. 15 after throwing four interceptions in the first half against Kansas City, and it looked like his season and career might be at an end.
However, the problems were thought to be a result of a foot injury, and he was deemed healthy enough to be the No. 2 quarterback for the last game of the season. Sure enough, Brock Osweiler suffered a back injury, and Manning came in to finish the game. He wasn’t brilliant, completing five of nine passes for 69 yards, but he helped the Broncos rally for a 27-20 win over San Diego.
Manning is 11-13 as a postseason starter, winning a Super Bowl with the 2006 Colts.