Many believe Peyton Manning’s failures in the Broncos’ NFL Divisional Playoff loss to the Colts has to do with his decline.
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There may have been more to Peyton Manning’s poor performance in the playoffs than a simple decline in production – he has been battling an injury.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Broncos quarterback has played with a torn right quadriceps for the last month, including yesterday’s loss.
Manning has had the vaguely noted “thigh” injury mentioned on recent injury reports, since suffering the initial injury in mid-December against the Chargers. If the injury was a tear instead of just some swelling, it would have greatly reduced his pocket mobility or simply slowed down his internal clock.
The Broncos lost to the Colts 24-13. It was the 2nd time in three years that the Broncos had been one-and-done in the playoffs with Manning at the helm. His playoff record with the team is now 2-3.