The conference championship games of the NFL playoffs are rapidly approaching, and it will be hard to top the Divisional Round, which featured non-stop minutes of exciting football.
The road to the Super Bowl has been narrowed down to four teams after an exciting weekend full of nail biter playoff games.
The New England Patriots started the weekend off right by rallying from a 28-14 deficit against the Baltimore Ravens to defeat them, 35-31.
The Seattle Seahawks went on to handily defeat the Carolina Panthers, 31-17. The Green Bay Packers rallied from an eight-point deficit to defeat the Dallas Cowboys, 26-21, in yet another controversial ending involving the Cowboys.
The Indianapolis Colts closed out the Divisional Round weekend with a 24-13 upset win over the Denver Broncos.
Here are six takeaways from one of the most exciting playoff weekends in recent memory.
6. Peyton Manning is not a reliable playoff quarterback
Manning will undoubtedly go down as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, but there is one factor that is holding him back from having a chance to be the greatest ever, which some fans claim him as. This is the playoffs, which Manning has consistently struggled in throughout his career. With the loss to the Colts, Manning’s postseason record fell to 11-13 as he experienced his ninth “one and done” exit of his career. His postseason rating is 88.5, which falls well below his 97.5 rating in the regular season.
The Broncos had many weapons for him to throw to such as wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas. Plus, the defense improved greatly from last season after the signings of cornerback Aqib Talib and outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware. However, Manning was only able to lead his team to a 13-point output against a Colts defense that was mediocre at best during the regular season.