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Peyton Manning is a first ballot Hall-of-Famer and one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever grace a football field, but Super Bowl 50 could be his “last rodeo.” Manning was often criticized throughout his career for early playoff exits, and despite having one of the most talent rich teams with the Indianapolis Colts, only winning one Super Bowl ring.

With all of the question marks surrounding Peyton heading into Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium, let's take a look at how Manning has played in the sport's biggest game.

Super Bowl XLI: Colts vs Bears

Manning was just 30 years old during Super Bowl XLI and was up against one of the best defenses in the NFL that season. The Chicago Bears ended the regular season ranked fifth in total offense and second in interceptions while being led by young cornerback Charles Tillman.

Manning completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 247 yards with one touchdown and one interception in that game. The Colts won and covered in Super Bowl XLI, but that was largely thanks to Indy’s defense that forced five turnovers in that game.

Super Bowl XLIV: Colts vs Saints

This was the Super Bowl that offered Peyton the best statistical matchup as the New Orleans Saints ranked in the bottom third in the league in total defense and passing D. Despite the rather low score (a combined 48 points), Manning and Drew Brees turned in some pretty big numbers.

Peyton ended the day with a 68.9 completion percentage while throwing for 333 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Colts came into that game as 4.5-point favorites and were largely considered the better team, but ended up losing by 14.

Super Bowl XLVII: Broncos vs Seahawks

No two ways about it, this game was a shit kicking. The Broncos came into the game as two point underdogs, but ended up getting decimated by 35 points. The Seattle Seahawks had the top ranked defense and passing defense while registering more interceptions than any other team in the NFL.

Manning ended that game with 280 passing yards with one touchdown and two interceptions and a lost fumble. One of the games' most memorable moments was a Manning interception to Malcolm Smith which was returned for a touchdown.

Can Manning End On Top?

Manning has largely put up comparable numbers during his career in the regular season and the postseason, with the only considerable dropoff is Peyton averaging 0.5 touchdowns less in playoff games. Super Bowl games have actually seen Manning post the second-highest completion percentage of any quarterback who has played in three or more Super Bowls and he has averaged more yards in those games than his career average.

Manning is 1-2 SU and ATS in the Super Bowl and will be facing a Carolina Panthers defense that shares several traits with the 2006 Chicago Bears team that Peyton ultimately won his one ring against. The ’06 Bears and Panthers finished their regular seasons with numbers similar in touchdown/interception percentage, passing yards and sacks.

Super Bowl 50 could be the last time we ever hear Peyton Manning yelling “Omaha” at the line of scrimmage. No matter what, it will be memorable, but can he make it memorable for bettors as well?

Peyton Manning’s Career Super Bowl Numbers
Super Bowl Completion % Passing Yards Touchdowns Interceptions Result SU/ATS
XLI 65.8% 247 1 1 W/W
XLIV 68.9% 333 1 1 L/L
XKVIII 69.4% 280 1 2 L/L
Career 68.2% 860 3 4 1-2/1-2