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Revisiting Peyton Manning's 2013 Performance vs. the Tennessee Titans

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 9:45 PM

In 2013, the Tennessee Titans defense ranked 1st in the NFL in preventing touchdown passes—allowing only 15 all season.


Prior to playing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Week 14, the Titans pass-defense was preventing opposing quarterbacks from throwing touchdown passes at a historic rate—allowing only two touchdown passes in the previous eight games combined.

 

Previous eight games: 149 of 249 for 1,783 yards, 2 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.

Luck (two games): 40 of 68 for 432 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception.

Wilson: 23 of 31 for 257 yards, 0 touchdoowns and 0 interceptions.

Kaepernick: 13 of 21 for 199 yards, 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.

 

Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick failed to throw a sinlge touchdown pass in 120 attempts between the three of them.


Manning: 39 of 59 for 397 yards, 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.

 

The magnitude of Manning's performance was largely overlooked due to the record-shattering pace he was already on. Since the Titans only sported a 5-7 record heading into the matchup, casual fans were unaware of how dominating their pass-defense was prior to facing Manning. While many may look at his seven-touchdown performace in the season opener as the highlight of his 5th MVP season, his four-touchdown performance against a defense that only allowed two passing touchdowns for half of their entire season may be the true gem of Manning's 2013 campaign.

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