Peyton Mannng left dejected as Colts crush Denver Broncos’ hopes

Season ends on a miserable note for one of the game’s greatest quarterbacks

 Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after losing 24-13 to the Indianapolis Colts in a the AFC Divisional Playoff game   in Denver, Colorado. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty

Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after losing 24-13 to the Indianapolis Colts in a the AFC Divisional Playoff game in Denver, Colorado. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty

 

Peyton Manning slumped off the field towards an uncertain future following Denver’s divisional playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, with many wondering if they had seen the last of one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks.

If Sunday’s game was his last it would mark a humble exit for the five-time league most valuable player, who gave himself a failing grade in a 24-13 loss to the Colts.

As the final seconds ticked off the clock at a subdued Sport Authority Field, TV commentators were already wondering if a weary-looking 38-year-old Manning would return for an 18th season.

At the post-game news conference it was one of the first questions put to Manning, who sidestepped the query far better than he earlier evaded the Indianapolis pass rush.

“My mindset right now is just disappointment after today’s game,” said Manning. “I kind of need to process this game and we’ll meet tomorrow . . I’m disappointed right now. . . I didn’t play well enough today.”

Manning built a Hall of Fame career in Indianapolis, rewriting the record books and taking the Colts to a Super Bowl before moving onto Denver in 2012 when the Colts decided their future lay with the Andrew Luck, who they took with the number one overall pick in that year’s draft.

Career record

In 24 playoff games his record is a pedestrian 11-13 and Sunday’s loss to the Colts may go down as one of his worst.

Broncos fans had little to cheer after Manning engineered a touchdown drive on Denver’s opening possession.

The Colts move onto the AFC championship next Sunday against the New England Patriots.

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