Most of the football critics that watch the NFL each provide their own overall diverse opinion about who is #1. And in this case we are dissecting the viewpoint of where does Peyton Manning stand up their as an All time quarterback, beneath the undoubted and unheralded great ones. Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Dan Marino, Tom Brady, Johnny Unitas, and so on are the ones that most view as the spotlight of Quarterbacks in history.
Some can be judged by how many championships they've won? Or how many stats have they broken? All of this can be in a form of opinion. Thus, Peyton Manning finished this record-breaking season, looking to find another answer to why he didn't come out on top...again. Manning could very well be the best quarterback to ever play the game in the regular season. Where as to some fans, say playoff stats speak more volumes than in regular season. Which, can be used as a great analyzer up to a certain point. Dan Marino, similar to Peyton Manning put up vast amounts of records and mountainous feats in non "big stage" atmospheres. As he never won a Super Bowl. You could also point out Terry Bradshaw won 4, while being behind the best O-Lines in football in "Steel Curtain" might seem to some as not as impressive.
Peyton Manning up to now, is 11-12 in playoff games. And 1-2 in the "grand stage" of events in the Super Bowl. Most quarterbacks haven't put up anywhere near close amount of numbers that Peyton has accomplished in his career, during the regular season. (Even if it's not as meaningful as in playoff records). But, the real assumption you can make is he just got beat by one of the best defenses we have seen in years. Seattle's hard hitting, rugud NFC defense was assembled by undrafted and under-valued roster men. Who all wanted to be on the big stage more than Peyton has ever been. Peyton Manning came to Denver, under the wings of John Elway. Who he made it known that Peyton would finish the job and take Denver to the promise land before his reign is done. Even John Elway wasn't defined as a top quarterback, before he strung 2 Lombardi's in a row amidst the ladder years of his career.
Yet, what Elway cultivated in winning 2 championships to compared to now Manning still has 1. Brings up the speculation that winning more championships results in a bigger status. In my mind, that's an over used term in defining greatness in a sport. So, even if Peyton can never reach his 2nd title, while the window of his career is rapidly closing. He should by the most part. Get recogoniton of the pagentry he has left.