If the Patriots can get past the Houston Texans tomorrow evening, they will be hosting the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens.
For a quarterback that receives so much praise and accolades, Peyton Manning's post-season failures are almost never mentioned when heaping praise on the signal caller. While Manning has had much success in the regular season over his career, his play in the season that counts hasn't been spectacular.
While Tom Brady can move past the legendary Joe Montana tomorrow for most post-season wins in league history (17), Peyton Manning just moved to 9-11 in the playoffs. That ties Brett Favre's record of 11 post-season losses. This is also the eighth time in Manning's career he's been bounced in his first playoff game.
Manning led the Broncos to the top seed in the AFC, but threw two costly interceptions against the Ravens to send his team home early. One in the first quarter was returned for a touchdown, the second came in overtime which put the Ravens in great position to kick the game winning field goal. He also added a late game fumble.
The Patriots have had their share of trouble against the Ravens, but before looking ahead to that match up they still have a tough team in the Texans visiting the stadium tomorrow. The Patriots are heavily favored against the Texans, but so were the Broncos over the Ravens. Of course, two major AFC upsets would seem to be unlikely, but in the NFL nothing can be ruled out.