|Archie Manning on MFB: Peyton Manning won’t take long time to make decision on future||01.29.15 at 1:44 pm ET|
Appearing with Middays with MFB from Radio Row in Phoenix, former NFL quarterback — and father of Peyton Manning — Archie Manning explained how his son is approaching making a decision regarding the Denver QB’s future. To hear the interview, check the MFB audio on demand page.
“He’s trying to figure it out,” the elder Manning said. “I think he’s pretty good after the season of evaluating things, but he’s kind of a grinder and wants to get going again. He knows, 17 years. … He’s not the same as he was before he had the four neck surgeries. He kind of had to change his game when he went to Denver, but it’s worked OK. And then this year he played hurt at the end of the year and didn’t have a good finish. He’s smart enough to sit down and try and evaluate things, but he’s pretty good at that. I think he knows how to take his time and really think about [things] and try and comprehend all the things that go into a football season, which is a lot of a quarterback.
“I don’t know what he’s going to do, but he’s always made pretty good decisions.”
“Obviously that’s part of it, but I know he likes Gary,” Manning said. “He knows Gary a little bit. Gary was on the Texas A&M staff when they were recruiting him. He’s enjoyed his stay in Denver. I don’t think anybody really thought Coach Fox was going to be leaving and all of a sudden that’s pretty sudden stuff and it comes at the same time Peyton’s trying to make his decision. That’s all part of it. I don’t think he’ll go a long time and take this thing to March or anything like that. He’s got it on his mind and I think he’ll make a decision.
“He’s in a good frame of mind. He’s going to figure it out.”
Another huge factor for Peyton remains his physical status, which was in doubt at season’s end thanks to a torn quadriceps muscle.
“I think that’s important. He’s got to do that. I told him he has to be truthful about that,” said Archie regarding Peyton’s self-evaluation when it comes to the quarterback’s overall health. “If he has to watch film, or call up the defensive coordinator of the Raiders and see what somebody is saying about you, where you are and make a decision. And he’ll make a good one.
“His neck is fine. He had a problem with his leg, and that will heal so that’s not a factor.”
|Tom Brady passes Peyton Manning to become NFL all-time leader in postseason passing yards||01.18.15 at 7:52 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Check off another milestone in the hall of fame career of Tom Brady.
With a five-yard completion to Julian Edelman on the first play after a muffed punt by Joshua Cribbs, Brady reached 6,802 career postseason passing yards, passing Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history.
Brady entered the AFC championship tilt game against the Colts with 6,791 career passing yards, needing 10 more yards to surpass Manning (6,800) for the top spot.
This is the second straight record-setting week for Brady in the playoffs. Last week against the Ravens, he threw his 46th career postseason touchdown pass, moving ahead of boyhood idol Joe Montana.
Brady already has the NFL’s all-time mark for postseason wins by a starting quarterback, with 19, three more than Montana.
|Most memorable Patriots-Colts games of Tom Brady era||01.17.15 at 3:10 pm ET|
On Sunday evening, the Patriots will face the Colts in the AFC championship game. These teams are quite familiar with one another, and though the intensity of the rivalry may have waned when Peyton Manning played his final game for Indianapolis in the 2010 season, the game should prove to be an exciting one. Since 2001, when Tom Brady made his first start against Manning, the Patriots have edged the Colts in 12 of 17 meetings, outscoring them 545-401 in that time.
Brady guided the Patriots to wins against the Colts in his first six tries, but Manning followed that up with a little streak of his own, recording four victories in the next five meetings. During his last start as a Colt, Manning lost to the Pats and helped spawn a five-game New England win streak that stretches back to 2010 and is still alive. In the three games Brady and newcomer Andrew Luck have squared off, the Patriots have not scored fewer than 40 points.
In the teams’ matchup this season on Nov. 16, little-known running back Jonas Gray was the star. After noticing that using Gray in the run against Indianapolis proved just about unstoppable, the Patriots did it all game. All four of Gray’s touchdowns came from inside the 4-yard line, but he compiled 201 total yards throughout the course of the game on 37 attempts. Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright each added a receiving touchdown and the Patriots recorded 503 total yards in the 42-20 victory.
Here are the most memorable games between the teams since Brady took over.
10. Nov. 18, 2012: Patriots 59, Colts 24
Andrew Luck‘s first tilt against the Patriots could have probably gone better. The rookie quarterback had led his team to a 7-3 start to the season, but New England proved to be too much for him to handle. The Colts jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the first quarter, but from then on, New England took over. The Pats held Indianapolis to 10 points over the remaining three quarters while they put 52 more points on the board. The 59 points tied a franchise single-game scoring record.
Tom Brady was 24-for-35 for 331 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions while Luck had 27 completions in 50 attempts, 334 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions — two of which were returned for touchdowns — and a sack.
Julian Edelman and Gronkowski each recorded a pair of touchdowns, including Edelman’s 68-yard punt return. Brady found both Gronkowski and Wes Welker seven times for 137 yards and 80 yards, respectively.
9. Nov. 7, 2005: Colts 40, Patriots 21
After six losses to Brady, Manning finally got his first win against him in 2005. Injuries to important players on the Patriots as well as a perfect Colts team that was only getting better spelled an unfortunate outcome for the back-to-back Super Bowl champs.
Manning finished 28-for-37 for 321 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne each had nine receptions for the Colts for 128 yards and 124 yards, respectively, combining for three touchdowns. The Patriots also allowed 132 rushing yards and surrendered two touchdowns to the run game, giving Indianapolis 453 total yards.
|Rodney Harrison on MFB: Colts are a ‘favorable matchup’ for Patriots||01.13.15 at 12:29 pm ET|
NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming AFC championship game and also to talk about other matters around the league, including Peyton Manning. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
The Colts come into this weekends game after upsetting the Broncos in Denver on Sunday and beating the Bengals at home in the wild card round. Although the offense, led by Andrew Luck, led the NFL in passing yards in the regular season with 4,894 yards, Harrison feels they can be beat, especially with Luck being prone to turn the ball over.
“I think from a physical standpoint, I think the Ravens were probably the most physical team that [the Patriots] have played all year,” said Harrison. “The Colts really surprised me. I didn’t believe in the Colts and you watch them during the regular season and they lost to the Patriots. Ben Roethlisberger put up what, 500, 600 passing yards, 51 points on them. They didn’t really beat any marquee teams. Cincinnati isn’t really a marquee team. I didn’t really believe in the Colts with Andrew Luck and all the turnovers, but I do believe this is a favorable matchup for the Patriots.
“You didn’t want to see Denver. As terrible as they played against the Indianapolis Colts I think with Andrew Luck and these weapons, which I think these weapons are a little bit overblown. I think T.Y. Hilton is a standout, Reggie Wayne — he’s not the same player, Coby Fleener is a decent tight end and they can make some plays. Hakeem Nicks is nothing that you’re going to lose sleep over. I do believe if they can get pressure on Andrew Luck, which other teams have shown, they can rattle him and he will turn the ball over.”
Much of the talk after Sunday’s Colts-Broncos game was more about Peyton Manning and whether or not the 38-year-old will retire after the season. It was also learned on Monday he played the final month of the year with a torn right quad. Harrison thinks it might be time for the quarterback to call it a career.
“Obviously Peyton coming off an emotional loss, it’s going to take time,” he said. “I mean, right now he’s at a crossroads in his career because the last few years have been a huge disappointment — obviously this loss to Indianapolis to me is just devastating. This is a team that you should have beat. To go out there and play the way that team played, to spend the money that John Elway spent, bringing guys on the defensive side of the ball and that is all they preached all season. ‘We finally got all the pieces to our puzzle. We knew what we needed from a defensive standpoint. We already have the offense.’ To go out and play the way they played was absolutely stunning to me.
“I think Peyton Manning, he has to look long and hard at what his options are. Retirement, he can go into the booth. He’d be a great broadcaster, but at the same time, you keep playing, your arm is not going to get any stronger. Things won’t get better as you get older. He’s at a point, he’s 39 next year and if I am him I am really seriously considering walking away from the game.”
|Report: Peyton Manning played last month with torn right quad||01.12.15 at 12:02 pm ET|
Peyton Manning hasn’t looked himself of late and now we know why.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Manning played the last month of the season, and yesterday’s divisional round game with a torn right quadriceps. He injured it in the Dec. 14 win over the Chargers. Since that game Manning has lost to the Bengals on Monday Night Football where he threw four interceptions and then beat the Raiders in Week 17.
In Sunday’s playoff loss to the Colts, Manning was 26-for-36 with 211 yards and a touchdown. It was the ninth time in his career he has been a one-and-done in the postseason. At 38 years old, along with his past neck injury, there is some thought he could contemplate retirement.
‘ Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 12, 2015
ESPN NFL analyst Tim Hasselbeck joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to discuss the Patriots’ upcoming AFC championship game against the Colts as well as the rest of the NFL playoffs. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
The Patriots have already seen Andrew Luck and his team once this season, winning in November in convincing fashion, 42-20. The Pats racked up 246 rushing yards, more than double their average per tilt, and four rushing touchdowns. It’s safe to say that the run game will be important come Sunday, and Hasselbeck says the Colts will continue to have trouble keeping New England from going to work on the ground.
As a whole, Hasselbeck finds it hard to make a legitimate case for the Colts coming out of Foxboro with a trip to Arizona in their future.
“When you look at the Colts defensively, they’ve got very good corners, but they’re going to have a problem with [Rob] Gronkowski, and they’re going to have a problem stopping the Patriots from running the football the way they did in the first matchup,” he said. “They can’t match up with their defensive line and with New England’s ability to change the tempo of the game because of what they’re able to do without huddling.
“I don’t know what the Colts’ plan is going to be for that, other than maybe a handful of faked cramps throughout the game.”
Of the Indianapolis offense, Hasselbeck didn’t seem too concerned, noting that Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, among others, helped the Patriots “eliminate” Reggie Wayne and keep T.Y. Hilton from having “an impact on the game.” They’re a little better at running the ball now, he said, but maintained that it’s not “a good matchup for the them.”
Tom Brady, who will appear in his ninth AFC championship game when the Patriots play the Colts on Sunday, made his weekly appearance on Monday’s Dennis & Callahan show to recap Saturday’s victory over the Ravens and preview the team’s next game. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
The Patriots twice trailed the Ravens by 14 points before rallying for a 35-31 victory.
“We put ourselves in a pretty tough position there twice,” Brady said. “Certainly not what we intended to do. And we talked a lot about trying to play this team from ahead. We just got off to a slow start but really rallied back. I think the guys really relied on obviously a lot of experience over the course of the season, and a lot of belief in one another, and a lot of resolve and just the mental toughness to get it done.
“I’ve said before, it’s a 60-minute game. You’ve just got to keep grinding for 60 minutes. We finally got the lead there with about, I don’t know, five minutes, 5 1/2 minutes left. Then the defensive guys made a huge play there, Duron [Harmon] with the interception really made it hard for those guys. They had to convert a fourth down on us. We put a lot of pressure on them.
“It was just a great win for our team. It was just a great win to be a part of. It was just a really special night for our team. It allows us obviously to move on, and now we’re on to the biggest game of the year.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh complained during and after the game about the Patriots lining up normally eligible receivers as ineligible and the officials not giving his team enough time to adjust.
“Let me say first that I have a lot of respect for him as a coach and obviously that team is one of the toughest we’ve faced. It’s always a tough matchup,” Brady said. “It was a play that we liked and we thought would work. We had a couple of versions of it. It’s kind of an alert play for our team, and we made three important plays on it. They all contributed to winning, and I’m sure he was always trying to figure out what to do. That’s what it looked like to me.
“We had to execute it. We had to make the appropriate calls and block it and make the plays, and I was proud of us that we were able to do that. There was a lot of execution that goes into the offensive part of making that happen. It helped us move the ball down the field and ultimately score some points. That was a good weapon for us.
“It’s part of football. You’ve got to prepare for everything. I know offensively we try to prepare for everything on defense. You talk about all the situations that come up. Josh [McDaniels] really called it at the perfect time.”