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Sports radio has been buzzing over the last 24 hours with discussion about the Mannings. Part of the debate is whether or not Eli has surpassed Peyton as the better quarterback. I’m not going to offer my opinion on that discussion, but if you look at the stats below you will see a very distinct slant in their careers. While Peyton has four MVP Awards, many records and regular season stats that put him in an elite group, Eli has had a fairly non-descript regular season career, but his post-season numbers are not only better than his regular season stats, but in some cases, his playoff stats exceed Peyton’s. (Notice how Peyton’s numbers drop in the playoffs while Eli’s rise from the regular season to the playoffs)
Here’s a quick look at some select stats for both Peyton and Eli in regular season and postseason games.
Stat category Regular Season/Playoffs Regular Season/Playoffs
Wins/losses as starter 141-67 (.678)/9-10 (.474) 69-50 (.580)/7-3 (.700)
Completion pct. 64.9%/63.1% 58.4%/59.8%
QB Rating 94.9/88.4 82.1/87.5
TD/Interception Ratio 399-198 (2.02)/29-19 (1.53) 185-129 (1.43)/16-8 (2.00)
TDs per game 399-208 (1.92)/29-19 (1.53) 185-120 (1.54)/16-10 (1.6)
Yards per pass attempt 7.6/7.51 7.03/7.03
Did you know? Eli is 5-1 in road playoff games; Peyton is 2-5.