If you haven't heard, Peyton Manning is returning to Indianapolis to play his first game against the Colts on "Sunday Night Football" this week.
The video above from NFL Network chronicles his top 10 moments in his 13 seasons as the starting quarterback of the Colts, and I think No. 6 and 7 are too low. I was there for both games in the RCA Dome, and the level he reached in those games is unbelievable.
At the end of the 2003 season, and again a year later, Indianapolis destroyed Denver in a pair of wild-card playoff games. They were both over by halftime. So Manning's final stats in each game weren't too ridiculous, because he had no reason to keep throwing in the second half. But let's take just the first halves of those two playoff games. These are Manning's numbers over four quarters of football, the first half against Denver in back-to-back years:
37-of-45, 687 yards, 7 TDs
That came in four quarters of playoff football. Two first halves of near perfection (16-of-18 for 327 yards and four touchdowns in the first half of the 2003 game, 21-of-27 for 360 yards and three touchdowns in the 2004 game). That's unfathomable.
And to think, NFL Network had five games ranked ahead of those two. Manning had quite a few great moments in Indianapolis. He'll look to add some more on Sunday, this time as quarterback of the Denver Broncos.
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