In what very well may have been the final game of his long career, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw for just 211 yards and one touchdown Sunday night in a 24-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in a Divisional Round playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
The Colts defense was the story of the game Sunday night as they used a lot of tight coverages against Manning in the win and it resulted in the future Hall of Fame quarterback only completing 26 of 46 pass attempts in the game.
Manning failed miserably with his deep passes in the game as he completed just two of the 14 balls that threw 15 or more yards past the line of scrimmage. If that wasn’t enough, Manning also only completed two more passes in the game that traveled 11 or more yards past the line of scrimmage.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw two touchdowns and two interceptions in the win on his way to completing 27 of 43 pass attempts for 265 yards. His two scoring throws went to tight end Dwayne Allen and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.
The Colts also managed to rush for 99 yards in the game. Running back Dan Herron was responsible for 63 of those yards in addition to chipping in another 32 yards on eight receptions.
Even though the Broncos defense picked off Luck twice in the game, Manning only managed to convert both turnovers into six total points. The broncos offense also only managed to convert just four of their 16 third down opportunities against the Colts.
With the win, the Colts will now travel next Sunday night to play the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium.