Our pal Captain Comback Scott Kacsmar has a great statistical breakdown of playoff quarterbacks and their accomplishments. You shouldn’t be surprised that Peyton Manning’s legacy as a choker is once again firmly rebuked by the numbers. Specifically, Manning had pretty good results while working with pretty lousy odds:
Flacco has the best field position because he’s started 21.2% of his drives in opponent territory, which is the highest percentage of all 25 quarterbacks. He’s had 22 such drives in 9 playoff games. Compare that to someone like Peyton Manning, who has just 15 drives in opponent territory in 19 games (7.5% is lowest rate).
What? You say that Peyton Manning had lousy special teams support? I’m shocked!