Why the Colts are a 9-10 Playoff Team in the Peyton Manning Era

Scott Kacsmar completes his opus on the historical oddities that make up the Colts’ 9-10 playoff record in the Peyton Manning era.

Rather than succumb to the Irsay/Manning soap opera, let’s take one final, in-depth look at the intricacies that have led to the 9-10 playoff record the Indianapolis Colts have in the Peyton Manning era.  

After Peyton’s brother Eli picked up his second Super Bowl ring by vanquishing rival Tom Brady again, it’s still topical to compare the three in the playoffs. Rather than doing that directly, we’re going to continue our look at another key area in which the Colts did well in the playoffs – partially at least – but still have that 9-10 record.   

It’s that same 9-10 record that Manning has been branded with by some; making him wear it like a scarlet letter of shame.   

But how much shame should Peyton Manning feel as an individual for his efforts? He led the Colts to the playoffs in 11 of his last 12 (healthy) seasons. No other quarterback has ever done that. There were some excruciating losses on the road from 2002-04. They lost to the Jets 41-0 in a real clusterfu…function of poor team preparation and execution. Then there were the infamous losses at New England in the snow. That’s the same Foxboro where almost no one wins, especially back in 2003-04 (19-0 at home).  

But other than that stretch (which still included three impressive wins), he kept the team competitive in every game. As you’ll soon see, the Colts were historically competitive in the playoffs under Manning.  

The shame should be on the group of writers, experts, radio hosts, fans, and any other media source that never took the time to look at anything beyond the win-loss record. Even the smallest bit of analysis will show you that something doesn’t add up. The performance of the quarterback comes nowhere close to matching the record of the team.

It never truly does, but in the case of Manning’s Colts, it has taken a most unusual set of circumstances to produce that 9-10 record. 

Recap of the First Two Oddities

The first Colts’ postseason oddity was when we looked at turnovers. Not turning the ball over has been a winning formula for the rest of the league; 48-5 (.906) in the playoffs since 1998. But for the Colts, it’s led to a stunning 1-5 (.167) record. To make it more confusing, the Colts were a league-best 38-2 (.950) in the regular season from 1998-2010 when they had no turnovers on offense. 

How about a new fact? No quarterback has lost more playoff games (min. 15 attempts) when throwing zero interceptions than Peyton Manning (5 games). Ron Jaworski and Dave Krieg are tied for second with three losses. That’s no mirage either. How about that other turnover known as fumbles? Manning has lost just one in his career (3 fumbles total in 19 playoff games). It was a handoff to Joseph Addai in Super Bowl XLI, but Chicago snuffed it out and Addai never got the ball cleanly.  

Next we looked at home playoff losses. Historically, home teams win 67.6% of the time in the playoffs. Manning’s Colts are 6-4 (.600), or one game under average. But those four home playoff losses are the most by any quarterback in their career. However, none of the other 27 quarterbacks with multiple home losses had a smaller margin of defeat (2.75 points/game) or a higher passer rating (88.2) than Peyton Manning in those games. 

It all comes back to our final point of interest, and that is fourth quarter comebacks.  

Colts: Not Holding the Lead

Writing for the Cold, Hard Football Facts, I looked at and recapped all 137 playoff games (out of 482 all-time) that were won with a score in the fourth quarter or overtime. You can find the link to the Super Bowl here, which has all the corresponding links at the bottom.  

Shameless plug: if you’ve never read any Captain Comeback articles and are already missing football, I have well over 100,000 words in those links for you to absorb.

So out of 482 playoff games, 28.4% of them were won in the fourth quarter/overtime. In the 19 playoff games for Manning’s Colts, 6 of them were decided that fashion. That’s 31.6%, which is right in the ballpark of the average. What’s not normal is the Colts having a 1-5 record in those games. 

Having all this research on the winners gave me an idea: what about the teams that kept losing games late? 

Out of the 137 games, 101 of them featured a fourth quarter comeback. In other words, 101 times a team has led in the fourth quarter of a playoff game, but ultimately lost the game. One of those games featured Doug Williams throwing an interception for a go-ahead touchdown by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1982 NFC Wild Card.  

Taking that game out of consideration, and you have a nice round number of 100 as the number of times a defense gave up the lead in a fourth quarter comeback. Two games were won with a non-offensive score (Music City Miracle and Matt Hasselbeck “scoring” in Green Bay), but that’s fine for our analysis. They still had to come back in the fourth, quarter on offense. 

In looking at those 100 games, there were 16 quarterbacks that had at least two losses due to a fourth quarter comeback by the opponent. These numbers were adjusted for who the QB actually was in the fourth quarter rather than just the game’s starter. That means Ken Stabler, who replaced Daryle Lamonica and scored a go-ahead touchdown before the Immaculate Reception, is the player that gets credit for the loss here.   

Disclaimer: these are games lost when leading in the fourth quarter. These are not the number of failed fourth quarter comeback opportunities by the listed QB (more on that later).  

Most 4th Quarter Comeback Losses

Rk

QB

4QC Losses
1 Peyton Manning 5
2 Warren Moon 4
3 Brett Favre 3
3 Matt Hasselbeck 3
3 Roger Staubach 3
3 Tom Brady 3
7 Bernie Kosar 2
7 Bobby Hebert 2
7 Charlie Conerly 2
7 Dan Marino 2
7 Ken Stabler 2
7 Jim Kelly 2
7 Neil O’Donnell 2
7 Philip Rivers 2
7 Steve Bartkowski 2
7 Tony Romo 2

No quarterback in NFL history has lost more playoff games (5) after leading in the fourth quarter than Peyton Manning.

That is half of the playoff losses for the Colts in his career. After winning Super Bowl XLI, the Colts led in the fourth quarter of each playoff defeat from 2007 to 2010: AFC Divisional vs. San Diego, AFC Wild Card at San Diego, Super Bowl XLIV vs. New Orleans, and AFC Wild Card vs. New York Jets. 

The four straight seasons of losing a fourth quarter lead in the playoffs is also a NFL record. The Colts also failed to hold a 17-10 lead in Miami in the 2000 AFC Wild Card game; losing in overtime 23-17.  

Notice some of the other more criticized quarterbacks in the postseason make the list, with Warren Moon coming in second. The Oilers had a fourth quarter lead in three straight seasons (1991-93) before losing in heart-breaking fashion each time.  

All three of Tom Brady’s losses have come at the hands of the Manning brothers (2006 AFC Championship, Super Bowl’s XLII and XLVI).  

Some criticized players include active starters like Tony Romo and Philip Rivers, the beleaguered “chokers” of old in Bobby Hebert and Neil O’Donnell, the Martyball-era field general from Cleveland (Bernie Kosar), Hall of Fame/Class of ‘83 legends Dan Marino and Jim Kelly, and a guy named Favre. 

Why So Many Blown Leads for Manning’s Colts?

Part of the reason is few teams have ever had as many fourth quarter leads to blow as the Colts. We know they’ve lost four home playoff games by a combined 11 points, but they’ve also lost two road games in overtime (by the same 23-17 score), and Super Bowl XLIV, despite the final score, was a very close game. 

To put it into context, I looked at all 32 teams and found what was their longest streak of consecutive playoff games with a fourth quarter lead.  

Team Seasons Games Record
Indianapolis 2006-10 (current) 10 6-4
Pittsburgh 2005-10 10 9-1
Dallas 1975-78 9 7-2
Oakland 1980-83 9 8-1
San Francisco 1988-92 9 8-1
New England 2001-05 9 9-0
Miami 1981-84 8 5-3
NY Giants 1986-93 8 7-1
Green Bay 1995-97 8 7-1
Tennessee 1991-99 7 4-3
Denver 1997-98 7 7-0
Washington 1982-83 6 6-0
Carolina 2003-05 6 5-1
Philadelphia 1948-79 5 4-1
Buffalo 1990-91 5 4-1
Seattle 1999-05 5 2-3
Baltimore 2000-01 5 5-0
Arizona 2008-09 5 4-1
Detroit 1935-53 4 4-0
Kansas City 1969-71 4 3-1
Cincinnati 1988-90 4 3-1
Tampa Bay 2002 3 3-0
Chicago 1940-41, 1985 3 3-0,3-0
Cleveland 1953-55 3 2-1
Minnesota 1975-76, 1997-98 3 2-1,2-1
Atlanta 1980-91 3 1-2
New Orleans 1991-00, 2009 3 1-2,3-0
San Diego 2006-07 3 2-1
St. Louis 3 times 3 -
Jacksonville 1996 2 2-0
NY Jets 6 times 2 -
Houston 2011 1 1-0

Not surprisingly, the Colts tie the modern Pittsburgh Steelers for the longest streaks in history at 10 games. The Colts’ streak actually started in 2006, a year after that epic loss to the Steelers in the 2005 AFC Divisional game (which is part of Pittsburgh’s streak). The difference is the Steelers went 9-1 in their games, while the Colts were just 6-4.  

This also means Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to have their team leading in the fourth quarter of 10 consecutive playoff games

If you’re wondering where Tom Brady (10-0 to start his playoff career) and Bart Starr (9 straight playoff wins after losing his first start) are, then let me remind you of some often forgotten history. 

The reason Green Bay’s streak is eight from the Favre era and not 9 (or 10) from the Lombardi era has to do with the Colts. In the 1965 NFL Divisional playoffs, the Packers hosted the Colts.

This is the famous game where Tom Matte, a running back, had to start at quarterback for the Colts due to injuries. But he wasn’t the only injured quarterback that day. Bart Starr went down after one play from scrimmage with a rib injury. He was replaced by Zeke Bratkowski, who went the rest of the way for Green Bay. The Packers needed a late field goal to force overtime, where they won 13-10.  

Even if Green Bay had led in the fourth quarter (not counting overtime here), Starr still would not have gotten credit as he was not the quarterback of record in the fourth quarter. That was the fourth playoff start by Starr, meaning his longest streak of fourth quarter leads in the playoffs is six games. 

Meanwhile, Brady’s playoff career began with the infamous “Tuck Rule” game against Oakland. New England never led in the fourth quarter; tying the game late after the Tuck
Rule and Adam Vinatieri’s amazing 45-yard field goal in the snow. They won in overtime 16-13. That’s why Brady’s streak is not 10 games. 

The reason it wouldn’t even be 9 games is what happened the very next week. In Pittsburgh, Brady was injured in the second quarter and replaced by Drew Bledsoe for the remainder of the game. At the time New England led 7-3 on a punt return touchdown by Troy Brown. They held on for a 24-17 win, but it was Bledsoe, not Brady, that played the majority of the game. 

Starr and Brady have the two longest winning streaks in postseason history, but you never hear it acknowledged that Zeke Bratkowski and Drew Bledsoe had to step in early on in those streaks to keep them alive with close wins after those starters contributed no points to the offense. 

Why Didn’t Manning Lead More Playoff Comebacks?

If the Colts were losing so many leads and playing so many close games, it means Manning probably had several chances to win with a comeback of his own. So why does the owner of 34 fourth quarter comebacks in the regular season (most all time for the regular season) have just one in the playoffs (2006 AFC Championship)? After all, some of these five losses wouldn’t have happened if the Colts went on their own comeback and/or game-winning drive? 

Let’s go to the game tape and see what happened on a game-by-game basis.  

1999 AFC Divisional vs. Tennessee (L 19-16) – The Colts trailed 16-9 early in the fourth quarter. After a run for no gain by Edgerrin James, Manning threw two incompletions for a three and out. His pass on 3rd and 10 was dropped by Jerome Pathon. On the next drive, penalties for a false start and holding forced a 3rd and 22. Manning, under pressure, got off a pass downfield to Marvin Harrison, but he dropped what would have been a big first down gain. Tennessee added a field goal, making it 19-9 with 4:19 left. Manning’s fourth down pass went through Edge’s hands, ending another drive. After an Eddie George fumble, Manning led a 61-yard touchdown drive, running it in for his own 15-yard score. But the Colts were unable to recover the onside kick and Tennessee ran out the clock. 

2000 AFC Wild Card at Miami (L 23-17 OT) – After the Dolphins added a field goal to pull within 14-10, the Colts went on a 45-yard drive that ended with Mike Vanderjagt’s 50-yard field goal. They led 17-10 with 4:55 left. However, Jay Fiedler would lead an 80-yard touchdown drive to tie the game with 0:34 left. Manning handed the ball off to Edge for a 3-yard gain as the Colts let the clock expire for overtime. After Miami punted, Manning drove the Colts to a 3rd and 12 at the MIA 42. He completed an 11-yard pass to Harrison, but Miami was offsides. Rather than take the penalty and make it 3rd and 7, Coach Jim Mora put his confidence in Vanderjagt, who just recently made a 50-yard field goal. The 49-yard attempt was embarrassingly wide right. Miami drove 61 yards for the game-winning touchdown. Manning’s lone attempt was a missed field goal. 

2003 AFC Championship at New England (L 24-14) – After a miserable four interception day, the Colts were still hanging around in the fourth quarter. Down 21-7, Manning led a 67-yard touchdown drive to make it 21-14 with 2:27 left. Tom Brady would throw incomplete passes on second and third down, and the Colts actually had a chance to tie. They needed 80 yards and had 2:01 to go with two timeouts. After two incompletions, Manning went to TE Marcus Pollard on both third and fourth down. He was held on each play, but no flag was thrown. New England would take over on downs, and added a field goal to effectively end the game at 24-14. This game was the poster child for the NFL reinforcing illegal contact, as the league even (quietly) admitted they missed the calls on Pollard. While it’s unlikely Manning would have completed the drive on that day, he really wasn’t given a fair shot at it. 

2005 AFC Divisional vs. Pittsburgh (L 21-18) – In the battle of rest vs. rust, the Colts dug themselves a deep 21-3 hole to start the fourth quarter. But after a 50-yard touchdown to Dallas Clark and a bad call on a Troy Polamalu interception, the Colts trailed just 21-18 with 2:31 left. Manning had the ball at his own 18, only needing a field goal to tie. After barely getting the ball away on first down, Manning was sacked by Joey Porter on second down. Two plays later it was Porter again right off the snap, sacking Manning on 4th and 16 in what looked like a game-clincher. But the Colts still had three timeouts, so Bill Cowher ran the ball. He didn’t expect Jerome Bettis to fumble it on the first play, but he did. Nick Harper, involved in a stabbing incident with his wife the night before the game, picked up the ball and took off. But instead of running down the sideline for a touchdown, he kept in the middle of the field where Ben Roethlisberger was able to tackle him. Manning completed two passes for 30 yards, but his long pass in the end zone to Reggie Wayne was broken up by rookie Bryant McFadden. The Colts settled for a 46-yard field goal by Mike Vanderjagt, but just like five years earlier, this kick was embarrassingly wide right with 0:17 left. There would be no overtime, or opportunity to complete the biggest fourth quarter comeback in playoff history. 

2007 AFC Divisional vs. San Diego (L 28-24) – The Colts fell behind 21-17 on the final play of the third quarter. But if there was any good news, it would be that Philip Rivers had to leave the game with an injury, forcing backup Billy Volek into the game. The Colts punted on their first drive of the quarter. Volek’s first possession ended with a three and out. On a 3rd and 9, Manning found rookie Anthony Gonzalez open on the left sideline, and he managed to stay in bounds and take it 55 yards for a go-ahead touchdown with 10:07 left. But even with Volek in the game, the Chargers were able to engineer a 78-yard touchdown drive, capped off by Volek’s rushing touchdown. The Colts trailed 28-24 with 4:45 left. Manning completed his first four passes of the drive, but the Colts would find themselves facing a 4th and 5. He found Clark for a 16-yard gain, plus a facemask penalty. After a short run on first down, Manning threw three straight incompletions at the SD 7, all on passes to Addai. Shawne Merriman pressured Manning on fourth down and he was unable to make a good pass that would have picked up the touchdown. With one last shot, Manning had 1:30, one timeout and needed 68 yards. His third down pass found Reggie Wayne at midfield, but it was a tough catch and Wayne was drilled on the play, dropping the ball and getting injured in the process. With Wayne and Harrison out, Manning’s best option on 4th and 5 was Clark. But Clark was unable to make the catch, and it was a quick four and out for the Colts. 

2008 AFC Wild Card at San Diego (L 23-17 OT) – Leading 17-14 to start the fourth quarter, the Colts intercepted Philip Rivers. The offense burned six minutes of clock, but the drive stalled after a holding penalty on Tony Ugoh. The next time the Colts got the ball back, they were pinned at their own 1 thanks to Mike Scifre’s punt of the night. With a 3rd and 2 at the SD 9, the Colts could have converted for a game-clinching first down. The problem was rookie TE Gijon Robinson forgot the snap count, and LB Tim Dobbins was easily able to get to Manning for the sack. San Diego would kick the field goal to tie it. The Colts got the ball with 0:24 left at their own 19. With the yardage needed and time left, that’s not very realistic to expect any scoring (see One-Minute Drills). The game would go to overtime, and San Diego won the coin toss. They went 75
yards for a touchdown, and the Colts never got to answer. 

Super Bowl XLIV vs. New Orleans (L 31-17) – As the Colts led 17-16 in the fourth quarter, Matt Stover attempted a 51-yard field goal. He was wide left, and the Saints went 59 yards for the go-ahead score. Manning trailed 24-17 with 5:35 left at his own 30. The drive started with a false start by Ryan Diem. Manning would complete 4/5 passes for 44 yards. After an incompletion to Austin Collie, Manning went to Wayne on a trusted route in the offense, but Tracy Porter read the play and beat Wayne to the ball, returning it 74 yards for a touchdown with 3:12 left. The last drive would end with Wayne not hauling in a 4th and goal catch from the NO 5.  

2010 AFC Wild Card vs. New York Jets (L 17-16) – With the Colts leading 10-7 to start the fourth quarter, the Jets completed a 17-play, 87-yard drive for the go-ahead touchdown. The Colts would go on a 67-yard drive, but settled for a Vinatieri field goal. After a New York punt, Manning had 2:36 left at his own 20. He completed four passes for 41 yards, before throwing just incomplete to Blair White on third down. Vinatieri kicked the 50-yard field goal, and unlike Vanderjagt, he made it right down the middle for a 16-14 lead with 0:53 left. But the Jets would get a big kick return by Antonio Cromartie to the NYJ 46. Four plays later, Coach Jim Caldwell called a bad timeout, and the Jets designed an 18-yard pass play from Mark Sanchez to Braylon Edwards. Nick Folk kicked the 32-yard game-winning field goal with no time left for a 17-16 win. It’s one of only two games in playoff history where the lead changed twice in the final minute. 

Eight close and tough losses.  

Do you see what’s missing? Where are all the “back-breaking turnovers” people reference? It did happen in the Super Bowl, the biggest loss of them all. But that’s one game, and a fairly recent one.  

It’s also the only turnover. Sure, there were turnover on downs at times, but not in the common form of an interception, which is why the Tracy Porter play is a stunning result. It’s the lone example of Manning turning the ball over in the fourth quarter of a close (0-8 point difference) game in the postseason.  

Yet somehow Manning gets the Brett Favre treatment from some. Favre is the only quarterback that had more game-winning drives (6) against his teams than Manning has in the playoffs. He’s also the only quarterback with more overtime losses (3). But if you look at how it happened, there’s a clear difference.  

In all three of Favre’s overtime playoff losses, his last pass attempt was a bad interception. Favre threw an interception in the fourth quarter or overtime in five of those six losses. There’s no comparison here.  

There are some other things that did happen to Manning multiple times that are worth noting, such as Vanderjagt’s big misses, the two overtime losses, the critical drive-ending drops, and two lost comebacks. 

What’s a lost comeback? It’s a game where the quarterback met all the requirements for a fourth quarter comeback, except the team still lost the game because they lost the lead again. Manning had lost comebacks against the 2007 Chargers and 2010 Jets, which may very well end up being his final game and drive for the Colts. 

That was significant, because it is yet another “record” for Manning in the playoffs. Out of the 101 games won with a fourth quarter comeback, there were 34 of them where each team took the lead at least once in the final quarter. That means there are 34 lost comebacks in playoff history. It’s happened to a lot of the greatest quarterbacks once. But it’s only happened to one quarterback twice. 

Peyton Manning is the only quarterback in NFL history with two lost comebacks in the playoffs.

That’s two wasted efforts the Colts had at home, and against one offense led by Billy Volek, and then after allowing that big return to Cromartie in the final minute against the Jets.  

What about the Other Teams?

Yes, the Colts did win a Super Bowl this past decade, and were consistently one of the toughest outs in playoff history. Yet, you wouldn’t get that sense if you listened to some of the sludge out there. 

Was there a lot of backlash for the 12-4 Pittsburgh Steelers when they lost to Tim Tebow’s 8-8 Broncos this year? Not really. Yet they only gave up 31.6 yards per completion to what many consider the worst passer in football. The loss was eerily similar to how the 12-4 Colts lost in overtime to the 8-8 Chargers in 2008, which was certainly not more embarrassing than the defending champion New Orleans Saints losing to the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks, right? See, it can happen to anyone.  

A lot gets made of the Colts going one and done so often. Well, it happened to the Green Bay Packers this year, and they were Super Bowl favorites since the preseason. They not only lost at home, but they lost by 17 points, or 6 more points than Manning’s four home playoff losses combined. Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay also went one and done two years ago in Arizona after losing the game in overtime on a turnover returned for a touchdown off their star quarterback. Interesting. 

Also interesting how much was made of the 6 (or 8; depends who you ask) drops by the Packers against the Giants. That did happen. But where was the mention of this when it happened to Manning’s receivers against the 1999 Titans (7 drops), 2002 Jets (7-8 drops) and 2004 Patriots (6 drops)?  

Then you have the New England Patriots, who some people still haven’t turned the calendar over
from February 2005. Since then, the Patriots have managed to: 

  • Turn the ball over 5 times in Denver (highlighted by a Champ Bailey red zone interception returned 100 yards).
  • Blow the biggest lead in NFL Championship Game history (21-3) to Manning’s Colts.
  • Score just 14 points in the monster upset that was Super Bowl XLII (beat Giants 38-35 in regular season finale in New York).
  • Lose by 19 points at home to the Baltimore Ravens with three Brady turnovers in the first quarter (beat Ravens 27-21 in regular season).
  • With the best record in the league, lose at home, 28-21, to the Jets after beating them 45-3 as part of an 8-game winning streak (37.4 PPG). Brady ended his no-interception streak on the first drive.
  • Score just 17 points and lose their third straight game to Eli Manning’s Giants, who bookended New England’s 10-game winning streak (averaged 35.9 PPG).

That’s a significant portion of the last decade of playoff football summed up right there. If all these other teams and quarterbacks have such holes on the playoff resume, then why are the Colts and Manning still a lightning rod for playoff criticism? 

Conclusion: Don’t Be a Lazy Analyst

We just verified a lot of new “playoff records” for Peyton Manning. But they’re the type of records you don’t want to have your name on, because they are about losing playoff games. 

But wait just a second.  

If you keep putting your name on record after record that read “[Quarterback] with the most playoff losses despite [something positive for the quarterback]”, then doesn’t that list of records speak more strongly for the player than 9-10? 

It’s a shame the 9-10 record is brought up before the 11 playoff appearances in 12 years (no matter how incomplete or flawed the Colts were) or the two Super Bowl appearances and one championship win.  

So why all the criticism? 

One, people must think he’s pretty damn good, so expectation can’t be any higher. That’s reasonable. It would have been considered a miracle if Alex Smith won a playoff game this year, which he did, just because he’s Alex Smith. There’s no expectation there. Peyton Manning is expected to win multiple Super Bowls simply because of how good he is. 

But, expectations aren’t the main factor. It is classic perception versus reality, and perception has been dominating this particular battle long before Manning started his first game with the Colts. 

“Can’t win the big one” goes back to the University of Tennessee and the 0-3 record against Florida. 39-6 as a starter, but half the losses were to Steve Spurrier’s great Florida Gator teams. That right there basically sums up the whole story. 

Lazy analysis has always been to point to the team record, not to what Peyton did individually. There were bad moments against Florida, just as there were bad moments against Bill Belichick’s Patriots. But there were also good moments, and plays where some of those other dozens of players on the team made a mistake.   But it always comes back to Peyton, some how, some way.  

The 9-10 record is just the latest crutch for those who would rather not analyze what actually happened in the games. How will perception ever lose if reality is never even given a chance?  

I didn’t spend 5,000 words talking about what should have happened for Manning’s Colts in the playoffs, what would have happened, and what could have happened if things went differently. 

I talked about the facts of what did happen. I looked at what Manning did, along with what his teammates and the opponent did in those games. Now what’s stopping anyone else from doing the same? 

It’s only when you put it all together that 9-10 makes sense. If you’re just looking at the quarterback, 9-10 shouldn’t even be on your mind. That’s just being lazy.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Kacsmar is a football researcher/writer who has contributed large quantities of data to Pro-Football-Reference.com, including the only standardized database of fourth quarter comebacks and game-winning drives. When it comes to lazy football analysis, he’s as mad as hell, and he’s not going to take that anymore! *Network. You can send any questions or comments to Scott at smk_42@yahoo.com and you can follow him on Twitter at @CaptainComeback.

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