USA TODAY Sports reflects on Peyton Manning’s career after confirmation that the legendary quarterback will retire.
Our 10 unforgettable Peyton Manning moments:
1 – Super Bowl XLI (2006 season): His 53-yard TD pass to Colts WR Reggie Wayne on a rain swept South Florida night put Manning on the path to his first championship (and Super Bowl MVP honors) in his ninth season.
2 – 2006 AFC Championship Game: Manning doesn’t snatch that first ring without this epic comeback over the Patriots, who led the Colts 21-3 in the second quarter but lost 38-34 as Manning passed for 349 yards and a TD in his first playoff defeat of Tom Brady.
3 – 51st TD pass: It came in Week 16 of the 2013 season – part of a four-TD effort as the Broncos drubbed the Texans – to break Brady’s six-year-old record. Manning posted four more TDs and 266 yards the following Sunday to establish single-season records (55 TDs and 5,477 yards) on the way to his record fifth MVP.
4 – 2015 AFC Championship Game: Manning threw two TDs, his first in more than two months of an injury-plagued season, as the Broncos vanquished the favored Patriots to reach Super Bowl 50 in Manning’s 17th and final matchup with Brady.
5 – Super Bowl 50: Manning committed two turnovers, and his 141 passing yards were the fewest in any of his 14 career playoff wins. Still, he concluded his final rodeo with a long-awaited second Lombardi Trophy.
6 – 2013 AFC Championship Game: He became the first player to pass for 400 yards against Bill Belichick’s Patriots in the playoffs in a 26-16 triumph.
7 – 7 TDs: Manning’s record-smashing 2013 season began with a career-high seven TD strikes to rout the defending champion Ravens on opening night.
8 – 2009 AFC Championship Game: Two second-half TD passes erased a 17-13 deficit as Manning’s Colts defeated the Jets 30-17.
9 – First playoff victory: In his fourth postseason start, during the 2003 wild-card round, Manning passed for 377 yards and five TDs against Denver, earning a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
10 – I’m back: In the only relief appearance of his career – seven weeks after a four-INT game against Kansas City put him on the shelf – Manning led Denver past the Chargers to a No. 1 playoff seed in the 2015 regular-season finale and reclaimed his starting job.
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PHOTOS: Peyton Manning’s career