Manning uncertain about future after loss to Colts

Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:47pm EST
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(Reuters) - Peyton Manning slumped off the field towards an uncertain future following Denver's divisional playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, with many wondering if they had seen the last of one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time.

If Sunday's game was his last it would mark a humble departure for the five-time league most valuable player, who gave himself a failing grade in a 24-13 loss to the Colts.

As the final seconds ticked off the clock at a subdued Sport Authority Field, television commentators were already wondering if a weary looking 38-year-old Manning would return for an 18th season.

At the post-game news conference it was one of the first questions put to Manning, who side-stepped the query far better than he evaded the Indianapolis pass rush on Sunday.

"My mindset right now is just disappointment after today's game," said Manning. "I kind of need to process this game and we'll meet tomorrow, kind of need to process this game, so I'm disappointed right now.

"I guess I just can't give that simple answer. I'm processing it."

Manning built a Hall of Fame career in Indianapolis, rewriting the record books and taking the Colts to a Super Bowl before moving onto Denver in 2012 when the Colts decided their future lay with the Andrew Luck, who they took with the number one overall pick in that year's draft.

During the regular season Manning set the career record for most touchdown passes and his 69,691 career passing yards are second only to Brett Favre.

If there is one cloud hanging over Manning's brilliant career it is that despite all the individual honors and awards his Hall of Fame resume includes just one Super Bowl win in three trips to the championship game.   Continued...

Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) warms up before the game between the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.  Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports