I'm well aware I'm not the first person to use that clever little headline...or to write about this subject matter.
But I feel like I need to weigh in.
On Sunday, waiting on a Colts win, I was ready to declare Peyton Manning the best quarterback ever.
Obviously, that's changed somewhat.
I need to start with letting you know where I stand on Peyton Manning.
I don't love him. But I also don't hate him.
I'm a rare breed who falls somewhere in between on Manning - because he is really the type of player who draws out extreme responses of either love or hate.
Just to figure out further where I fall here - I hated Dan Marino as a player. Probably because the Jets played him twice a year (and because he killed them quite a bit). I hated the way he yelled at his receivers, the refs...everything.
I feel the same way about Manning, but only when he plays the Jets. Most other times, I find myself rooting for him. (This might change if he continues to be a thorn in Rex Ryan's and/or the Jets' sides.)
Can't really explain it...not really here to explain it...just stating how I feel.
So I was pretty happy to declare Manning the best quarterback of all time.
Except he can't be.
Not with his lack of success in big games.
The funny thing is, I thought Manning had shed that "big game" problem.
He seemed to have figured out the Patriots, he had one Super Bowl already under his belt...but let's face it - Sunday night he cost his team the game.
He panicked and threw an interception in a bad spot that ended up going the other way for six.
The best quarterback of all-time doesn't do that.
Now, making it to the Super Bowl twice is a great accomplishment. But winning it twice is better.
I think Peyton Manning is still among the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game...He's possibly the best game-managing quarterback, the best at making adjustments and play calls within a game.
But he's not a great "Big Game" quarterback.
Tom Brady is a Big Game quarterback. Joe Montana is a Big Game quarterback. Troy Aikman is a Big Game quarterback. Heck, Ben Roethlisberger is a Big Game quarterback.
As for Peyton Manning, he's still a little hit-or-miss in the Big Games. He could still change that reputation. But on Sunday night, he took a step backwards in that department, rather than forwards.