Peyton Manning had great success with the Indianapolis Colts. He also lost several big games. After signing recently with the Denver Broncos, Colts’ fans are stuck looking back at the past with Manning. Listed below are the five biggest losses of Manning’s career in Indianapolis.
Super Bowl XLIV vs. Saints
Needless to say, the Super Bowl loss is the biggest loss of Manning’s career. Indianapolis was the favorite in the game and lost to the New Orleans Saints. and a touchdown. Sadly, everyone will remember the interception Manning threw that led to the loss in the game.
2005 Playoffs vs. Steelers
The 2005 team may have been the best one Indianapolis ever had. They finished the regular season 14-2 and were playing excellent football. They entered this game rusty and fell behind early. The team was down 21-3 before a fourth quarter rally. in the loss. This game will most commonly be remembered for kicker Mike Vanderjagt missing a late game field goal as badly as any kicker could possibly miss a kick.
2004 Playoffs vs. Patriots
Manning in the playoffs once again. In a 20-3 loss, Manning failed to throw a touchdown and had just one interception. At this point, it appeared as if Indianapolis simply could not get by New England in the playoffs.
2003 Playoffs vs. Patriots
In the AFC Championship game, Indianapolis lost 24-14 to the New England Patriots after Manning played one of his worst games. Peyton completed just 23 out of 47 passes and had four interceptions in the game. His long time nemesis, Ty Law, and prevented Indianapolis from making their first Super Bowl of the Peyton Manning era.
2010 Playoffs vs. Jets
I list this one because it will go down as Manning’s final game with the Colts. The last image fans will remember is Manning looking shocked at the inadequate coaching of Jim Caldwell as he positioned the Jet offense to win the game in the final minute. Indianapolis lost 17-16 but and one touchdown.
Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. He also runs the blog that covers the team. Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.