Peyton Manning's Five Biggest Losses of His Indianapolis Colts' Career: Fan's Take

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.

More Firings, More Changes Coming to Indianapolis Colts Organization: Fan's Take

The are sure shaking things up this offseason. They started things off by firing front office members Bill and Chris Polian. Shortly after that they hired a new general manager in Ryan Grigson from the . The next move was to fire head coach Jim Caldwell. This move was largely speculated but took longer than expected to take place.

Now it appears as if even more moves are happening in the organization. These changes come the day after Caldwell’s firing where Jim Irsay and Grigson said they will evaluate everyone. Two of the teams and let go. On January 18, Indianapolis fired offensive line coach Pete Metezelaars and wide receivers coach Frank Reich. I’m getting the feeling these will not be last firings made inside the organization.

News is also coming out that Indianapolis’ defensive back coach Alvin Williams will of the . Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier has ties to Tony Dungy and formed Colt coaches.

On top of all this, the team fired defensive coordinator Larry Coyer midseason and also fired special teams coach Ray Rychelski after the season ended. The only coaches remaining with the team at the moment are offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen, linebackers coach and interim defensive coordinator Mike Murphy, quarterbacks coach Ron Turner, and defensive line coach John Teerlink.

Whoever Indianapolis bring in as their head coach, that coach is going to need to assemble a full staff around them. This makes the decision even more important and one that will have a big impact on the franchise from the next decade.

To make matters worse for Colt fans, longtime center and free agent this offseason. Saturday would leave a big hole on the offensive line and is coming off a good season. If to start publishing your own sports content.

Five Biggest Decisions Facing Colts GM Ryan Grigson: Fan's Take

The are coming off of a 2-14 season and have several important decisions to answer this offseason. Gone are Chris and Bill Polian and in is new general manager Ryan Grigson. Grigson will have several big decisions to make immediately that will impact the franchise going forward.

What to do with and earned yet another Pro Bowl selection. He finished the season with 43 tackles, nine and a half sacks, and three forced fumbles in 2011. I think Indianapolis should do everything they can to bring Mathis back for the remainder of his career. If the team is going to contend again, it will be with the duo of Mathis and Jim Caldwell. I strongly believe that if they are moving in a new era and if they really have to think this hard about it, Caldwell should be gone. He already needs a new special teams coach and possibly a new defensive coordinator. Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen makes sense if Manning returns to maintain continuity, but if Manning is gone and the team goes in a new direction, they should start over with the coaching staff as well. This one will be a tough decision for Grigson and is one he and Irsay should make quickly.

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. Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.

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