It’s time for Peyton Manning to retire

Is it? I don’t know. I said after last year’s Super Bowl that Manning’s legacy was bigger than post-season wins. We found out today that he’s been playing hurt for weeks.

For The Win

(USA TODAY Sports) (USA TODAY Sports)

Let’s get two things straight before we set foot into why Sunday night should be Peyton Manning’s last game in the National Football League.

First, Manning didn’t choke last night.

Second, he is one of the best quarterbacks we will ever see play, and he should retire when he is good and ready.

Nerves didn’t get the better of Manning during Denver’s 24-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. It was the ninth time Manning has lost his first playoff game but not for a second did it look like the moment consumed him.

No, it appeared that he was overcome by the one thing he couldn’t audible out of. Age.

It’s possible that Manning was injured. Over the past six weeks his red zone production has plummeted, and the most prevalent culprit was deemed to be an injured Julius Thomas. It wasn’t Thomas. It was 18…

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