I want a QB who can win a SB, not a QB who puts up stellar REGULAR SEASON stats then flops in the playoffs.
Manning is a BELOW AVERAGE post season quarterback, and has been his entire career. Peyton threw 3 TD's/7 interceptions in 2006 playoffs when he won the SB. He's always choked when it mattered most(see: pick 6 when he could have tied the game vs. the Saints). Peyton gets all this hype because he puts up regular season stats and wins undeserved MVP's because he's the NFL's pet.
Manning has had a completely stacked offense for his entire career, and an underrated defense, so don't even try and use that excuse. Wish people would get off his nuts already and realize that he's just a regular season super star, and a post season dud. He's a genius on the field, and still has time to redeem himself with a couple more SB wins, but he really needs to get his poo together and stop choking.
Couple of points... Manning has outperformed Brady statistically in the playoffs, but somehow one is considered clutch and one you just called below average.
I've also read where the 2006 Colts Playoff offense was the most efficient offense in the playoffs(scoring drives/Drives) than any other offense dating to the late 90's when the information was available.
You mention the pick 6. I put that on a lackluster effort by Reggie Wayne and a great read by the DB,more so than a poor throw. If Wayne would have ran the route right, it's incomplete at the very least.
Belichick is the main reason of New England's success and Indy's D has had some horrible games in the playoffs. Manning has had some bad ones too, but what quarterback hasn't?