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Peyton Manning

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Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Colts with the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.

He is the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and brother of current New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

Manning's Colts defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the playoffs on January 6 by the score of 23-8. On Saturday, January 13, 2007, the Colts won their Divisional Playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens by the score of 15-6. All of the Colts' points were scored by Adam Vinatieri, whose 5 field goals tied an NFL record. The Colts played the New England Patriots on Sunday, January 21, 2007 for the AFC Championship. The Colts (#3 seed) had home field advantage because of a regular season victory over the Patriots (tiebreaker rule). In the AFC Championship game, the Colts trailed 21-3 before coming back to defeat the Patriots for the title by a score of 38-34. In the fourth quarter, Manning led a 7-play, 80-yard touchdown drive to take the lead with 1:00 left in the game and finished with 349 yards, one passing touchdown, one rushing touchdown, and an interception. The 18-point comeback was the largest deficit ever overcome in a conference championship (NFL record). The win also marked the third straight Colts' victory over the Patriots.

“Tommy, you're my favorite accountant! You're on my fantasy team!”—Peyton Manning, acting like a zealous sports fan toward normal folks in a spot for Mastercard

He was also featured in one of a series of DirecTV commercials where celebrities are seen in their element, then suddenly begin addressing the viewer. In his comercial they parodied his pre-snap audible routine and known delay in calling for the ball by having him pitch NFL Sunday Ticket instead of changing the play during a blowout game against the Tennessee Titans.

Manning also hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guest Carrie Underwood on March 24, 2007 - his 31st birthday. The episode earned the show’s highest household rating in more than 10 months in the metered markets, averaging a 5.9 rating and 15 share. During his opening, he alluded to his most-marketable status by joking that he had accomplished two of his life goals: his team, the Colts, winning a Super Bowl and his appearance on over half of America's television commercials. During the closing credits, the cast presented him with a birthday cake. He also starred in a couple of sketches, most notably a very lengthy faux United Way commercial where he drills children in the head and genitals with a football, teaches them how to break into cars, talks about killing snitches, and exiles one of them to a Port-o-let for failing to catch the ball, among other things. The tagline for the commercial was: "Spend time with your kids so Peyton Manning doesn't."



 


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