Peyton Manning’s worst game was a record-breaking nightmare that cost the Texans millions

Peyton Manning’s worst game was a record-breaking nightmare that cost the Texans millions

– Peyton Manning played a lot of football and, if I’m being honest,
he wasn’t half bad. He earned four MVP awards as a Colt then, after a year missed
because of neck surgeries, Manning won a fifth as a Bronco. Add a couple Super Bowls,
a handful of records, one of the greatest SNL
sketches of all time, and it was a pretty good career. That’s why it’s with so much pleasure that today we get to dig
up a game so terrible, so hysterically inept that, even as Peyton set new NFL records, when they burned the film from the game it smelled like Big Foot’s dick. This is the worst Peyton
Manning performance. November 15th, 2015 in Denver, Colorado at a stadium whose
naming rights belonged to a company less than five months away from filing for bankruptcy. The seven-and-one Broncos were hosting the three-and-five Kansas City Chiefs. It was a divisional rematch from week two, so we’d already seen the
nearly 40-year-old Peyton attack this defense for
250 and three scores. Proof that in a season many
believed would be his last, Manning was still capable of
looking like his old self. The problem was, this year he
more often just looked old. I mean, heading into week 10 he had a worse passer rating on the season than what Brandon Weeden managed in his four games as a Cowboy. And he got benched for Matt Cassel. So, not great. But one thing Peyton had working for him was the Broncos’ defense. They had more than stepped
up to keep Denver near the top of the league
with eight games to go. And even if this wasn’t the best Manning had looked in his career, he was still on track to
pick up a pair of records. First, he was just three yards
away from passing Brett Favre for most passing yards in a career. And second, with one win,
he would also pass Favre for most career, regular season wins. The latter he had just
missed out on in week nine, when Peyton returned to
Indianapolis but fell short. Still, there was half a season left, so plenty of chances for
the future Hall of Famer to notch one more win. And his next crack came
at home against a team he had already beaten that year. Easy. It didn’t matter that a sore foot and ribs had kept him from
practicing the full week, Manning was ready to give the
home crowd reason to cheer. I mean, look at him. That enthusiasm, that energy, that beautiful smile or whatever. Denver got the ball to start, so Manning immediately got
his chance to make history. And after handing off
to Ronnie Hillman twice, Peyton bought time and just launched one, Ggoing for the record in style
and, okay, let’s pause it. So right here is a pretty
good time to let you know that this is going to get real bad. Like, see this frame? This turned into one of the less egregious of his interceptions. So if you like good
football, avert your eyes. Okay Jiazhen, can you rewind a little and we can see this car crash in full? Nice, thanks. – Omaha, hut! – [Announcer] Manning going deep and is intercepted mid-field! – Peyton, you have a literal
passing academy, come on! He entered the game leading
the league in interceptions so maybe this was all
just a ploy to also earn the career record in
that category as well. After the Chiefs’ offense turned
the pick into a touchdown, Manning’s second drop back
of the game resulted in a sack/fumble. But Denver managed to fall on it, which led to the inevitable history. But even that felt like a flop. Needing three yards, Peyton found Hillman who picked up four. He’s done it, with room to spare. Now watch as Manning tried to
just keep things going and, ah man, those bastards had to
stop the game and honor him. Everybody cheered. He waved. Threw his best pass of the
day over to the sideline to begin the ball’s march to Canton and, these guys definitely mixed up
which is which, didn’t they? Y’all had one job. But I guess, so did Peyton and
he forgot how to do it, so… Time for rapid fire near misses. His next pass was high and
behind Emmanuel Sanders and nearly led to his second interception. After a bubble screen gained one yard, Manning forced his receiver
to become the defender and break up another potential pick. Then, with confidence already waning, once the Broncos got the ball back he threw what looked like an
interception in real time, but was a great snag by Demaryius Thomas to give Denver their first
first down of the game. That was followed up by an eight-yard gain from Virgil Green, which
made it almost feel like the offense was finding a rhythm. But this is the Worst,
so his next pass 100% should have been picked by Marcus Peters. Because Manning’s a good sport he knew KC deserved to have the ball, so he gave it to them one down later. Sure, this one’s more on Sanders getting tangled up with Sean Smith, but sometimes it be like that. When Denver got the ball
next, now down 13 nothing, Manning showed his wisdom
by just hitting the turf to avoid a more punishing sack and gave a portrait-worthy pose. I’m choosing to gloss
over two incompletions to get to one more dogshit interception. Manning never saw Josh Mauga
drop back into coverage and seemed to short circuit. Watch Peyton up here just spin around and run in the wrong direction. Like he witnessed his own complacency and looked for the
nearest place to go hide. But you can’t hide from
this stink, Peyton. He wouldn’t complete another
pass in the first half and even his own team looked
to prevent further calamity when a Denver offensive
lineman tried to sack him. Halftime momentarily provided mercy and gave us time to
double check how he did. Oh god, my abacus is on fire. He only got another six snaps, completed one pass for five yards, and finished his day with
this arm punt to Ron Parker. Disaster complete. Peyton had led Denver’s
offense to three first downs, two of which thanks to
the legs of Hillman, five three-and-outs,
plus four interceptions. Those nine drives combined
for 49 total yards of offense and a perfect 0.0 passer rating. The only time that happened
in Manning’s career. Even the time that he
threw six interceptions, he managed to do enough to
put the Colts in position to almost win the game had it not been for Adam Vinatieri missing
a chip-shot field goal. If you’re wondering about if
he ever threw for less yardage, there were just two
other times in his career where he did worse. Both came in week 17 games where he only threw the ball twice. And in most of those week 17, “don’t need 60 minutes of Peyton games,” he at least moved the ball
somewhat when he was throwing it. If you’re really into numbers, let me introduce you to
the most damning one: adjusted yards gained per pass attempt. This is a calculation of yards mixed with touchdowns and interceptions, which generally seems
like it was just built for the sake of quantifying negativity. If you look at some of the
worst quarterback performances, you have to scroll a while
before you find Peyton. That’s because looking
at every post-merger game where someone threw at least 20 passes, there has never been
anyone to finish worse than Manning did against the Chiefs. Joe Namath shares the spot with him thanks to an impressive
six-interception performance, but that duo stands alone
deep at the bottom of a pit. But this game isn’t the worst just because he did football bad. It had a larger impact that
we only recently overcame. It was bigger than just Peyton. Like, literally. This blurred monster was
allowed to become a thing. Schlock Frostweiler, the seven-foot “Twilight”
looking backup took over. While they still lost, he
got the start a week later due to Manning’s foot getting worse. And Schlossweiler
continued to steer the ship even after Peyton got healthy. Manning eventually took over for a struggling Cake Bossweiler in week 17 and led a comeback victory
that earned the Broncos the AFC’s number one seed in the playoffs. He then led them through the playoffs, he beat the Panthers for
another Super Bowl win, got to go out on top, blah blah blah, back to the worst part. This lanky son of a bitch was a free agent and had done enough to
make the Texans believe he was worth a massive contract. One season in Houston
proved that to be a mistake. So much so that the Texans had to pull off one of the most bizarre,
but pretty brilliant, trades in recent history with the Browns. This two-story-tall
black spot on the league wouldn’t have been possible
without Peyton making a mess against the
Chiefs that November day. Or it would have come like a week later because Manning was
pretty shitty that year. While this day was by far the worst, it was the low point of
a low regular season. Peyton finished just one shy of the league lead for interceptions. And Bortles made his
mess over a full 16 games like a respectable idiot. Then again, that’s just proof that even when Manning decided to stink it up, he did it at a Hall of Fame level. He managed to play so poorly that it made the efforts of a Robert
Pattinson impersonator look somewhat competent. It’s quite the achievement really. In a single afternoon he set an NFL record for career yardage, played
poorly enough to get benched, provided a springboard for mediocrity to get paid at an elite level, and then down the road
swooped back in to win it all. Peyton Manning, the
best at being the worst. So Peyton managed to go out on top, but not everyone has been as lucky. Dan Marino, for instance. He got benched in his final game, which came during the playoffs. And I deem that episode a must watch. Or check out this other one, I don’t know, it’s your time, do whatever you want. Subscribe to SB Nation, hit
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  1. SB Nation says:

    If possible can everyone go to Twitter and get #CakeBossweiler trending? If we pull that off then I'll retire. Thanks for coming over, grab a party bag, and have a great weekend

  2. Warby says:

    I know you don't like to do football (soccer) but an icon in Steven Gerrard lost his last game for Liverpool 6-1 vs a Stoke team with nothing to play for. Would be pretty good for this series

  3. Ethan Christopherson says:

    AMAZING! Keep making this amazing stuff!

  4. Rednax Brix says:

    0:35 Alright then. That is very oddly specific.

  5. Kalinbuggs ! says:

    its crazy ppl think Brady was this bad this 2019 season too not even close

  6. TL says:

    Brock was so bad in Houston, he couldn't even make D Hopkins look good and Hopkins was putting up numbers before with below average quarterbacks. That's how bad Osweiler was

  7. AngelJordanBruh says:

    C'mon now when is that Denver 2015 defense gonna get the proper historical respect they deserve. Nvm it's the Broncos so that'll never happen

  8. Eli Smith says:

    When they burned the film,

    It smelled like bigfoot's d!ck

  9. JTBYM says:

    That sounds like Trubisky stats

  10. Ted Bundy says:

    Brock is secretly the real reason that the Broncos won a ring

  11. Jude Hindi says:

    We need collapse

    We need a collapse about football(soccer). One or one about beef history

    Also ps do you know the song you used in the intro of the okc thunder

  12. DASPORTS GOAT says:

    The problem with Peyton Manning was that his arm was shot so when you’re used to making tight window throws down field and you have no arm strength you end up looking really bad and your decision making looks worse then what it actually is example:this year Philip Rivers

  13. David Mako says:

    "Armpunt". I am still laughing..

  14. Donte H says:

    No Peyton Manning slander shall be tolerated. Now show Tom Brady’s worst game😊

  15. pullt says:

    Dude was washed…totally should retired after that year….wait….

  16. Alex Reppert says:

    Watching the 2015 broncos as a fan was the most stressful team to view of all time.

  17. KingMar25 says:

    I disagree with his worst game being this. His worst was Super Bowl 50 lmao

  18. Owen Conway says:

    I didn’t know about the sink sketch. Thanks for introducing me to comedy gold.

  19. Jake Chacho says:

    NOTI gang!

  20. Adam Shinder says:


  21. Dillon Bouray says:

    As a Chiefs fan I look at this game as our revenge for him completely demolishing us for his entire career.

  22. Jose Ayala says:

    Super Bowl 48 = Manning’s biggest train derailment

  23. DB reborn says:

    I'll bet that after this game. Peyton manning probably thought… ya I'm probably going to retire.. I think he knew he was done.

  24. Billy Bob says:

    Man and people want to bash Brady for 2019 when he was throwing the ball to water boys who can’t catch or create separation when Brady is 42. Peyton in 2015 was the worst QB in football and he had 2 pro bowl WRs, CJ Anderson, and a very underrated tight end in Owen Daniels and a historic defense and still sucked and didn’t deserve his second ring, but like his first ring Peyton got carried and Peyton was only 39 at the time. Brady at 39 won his 5th and had 28 TDs and 2 ints in 12 games. Just one of many reason why Brady is better than manning.

  25. Miguel Caliguiran says:

    I mean i think we all know he's not bad

  26. Dan H says:

    Ok you hate peyton. Got it

  27. True Gooner says:

    He was bad to awful in his last 2 seasons and I can't believe people really give him credit for a SB… he was an anchor on that team at the end, nothing else.

  28. astrothunder says:

    I remember watching this game lol

  29. Kaque Burlington says:

    Peyton’s head looks like it should be on Brock Osweiler’s body.

  30. The 64th Films says:

    As a Broncos fan, I was really hoping this happened when he was a Colt


  31. Kyle Torres says:

    My brain still thinks Sports Authority exists

  32. Juan44444 Gomez4444 says:

    Worst Royal Rumble or the worst WrestleMania

  33. YourStepPops 43 says:

    The super bowl was worse to me.

  34. DiluteSufenta says:

    As a Chiefs fan, this pleases me

  35. Optimus Prime says:

    Manning is overrated. He won 1 super bowl. Cause that 2nd one was one by the Broncos defense. We judge athletes on rings and performance in the playoffs. Yet Manning is considered one of the greatest ever despite being awful in the playoffs. And that super bowl he did win? He beat the Bears with Rex Grossman as the starting QB 😂😂😂

  36. lazy1287 says:

    peyton trynna be like
    ight imma head out

  37. 1997 Mtw says:

    To this day nobody knows what in the world convinced the Texans
    “Let’s give Brock Osweiler $72 million dollars!”
    I mean he wasn’t great when he took over for Manning during that time, and remember he got benched in the Week 17 game against San Diego.

  38. CrazyG7 says:

    To all that said peyton was the goat after 2016

  39. KingOfTheG’s GG says:

    Peyton is the GOAT.

  40. Hani Mackie says:

    Everyone’s way to disrespectful to the guy in the comments he was almost 40 at this time a season before this he was a mvp candidate and for injured

  41. Saky Sak says:

    I was at this game and I hated being there

  42. Dewitt McDidditt says:

    2015, when Brock Osweiler went 5-2 as starter when Manning got injured… then instantly became the worst free agent journeyman QB ever the very next year.

  43. Keith Shannon says:

    The chargers game where he threw 6 interceptions was my first NFL game ever. I'm a niners fan but was stationed on Pendleton & my friend took me to a game for my birthday. Was a crazy fun game where a bunch of people threw drinks at a douchebag Broncos fan.

  44. Joe says:

    Worst contract for the Texans

  45. will collins says:

    Wb the Super Bowl

  46. SupermanHopkins says:

    Is this guy a Texans fan? What he got against Brock?? 😅

  47. HeadlinePlays says:

    Goddamn Will what'd Brock Lobster do to you 😂😂 didn't have to eviscerate him like that

  48. Dumb and Dunmer says:

    i cost my mom millions

  49. El guapo del feugo says:

    His worst game was when he threw 6 picks against the chargers. Colts with peyton always got stomped by the chatgers

  50. Andrew Rommel says:

    "wasn't half bad"

  51. Andrew Lang says:

    The adjusted yards category is the only category John Skelton beats Manning lol

  52. Joe Powers (Liquid Fox) says:

    This game lost me my fantasy league 🤬🤬🤬

  53. D3ricc Vineyard says:

    I’m from Houston and lived through the Brock Osweiler Experiment. This vid triggered my ptsd

  54. James Sylvestre says:

    Wait a second “Armpunt”? Hey Foolish BB, it’s catching on

  55. olivarob says:

    I was at that game. That night we went to John Elway's steakhouse. We were seated near the private rooms. Apparently, the Manning family reserved a room to celebrate his achievement. I saw Manning arrive late and leave 5 minutes later with his kid. He wasn't in a mood to celebrate. I felt so bad for him. To top it off, all these people wanted to get pictures and shake his hand. All he wanted to do was pick up his kid and put an end to a rough day.

  56. Zach FakeName says:

    Bears never beat Brock Oswiller I will never not be mad about that

  57. Jon S says:

    One has the NBA after Jordan retired in '98, a pointless thing that should never have existed. The other has Dan Marino and was rated a "must-watch." I think y'all know which of the suggested videos I'm clicking on.

  58. Dkplaysallday says:

    Yeah this was a tough game to watch

  59. Spencer Hanni says:

    Still won a SB more recently than the Chiefs. #PerennialLosers

  60. Airplane Nuts says:


  61. BroDudeBr0 says:


  62. Mark Raymond says:

    Peyton Manning is still the Greatest of All Time.

    Haters, you may commence.

  63. Shawn Baker says:

    So when they burned it, it smelled like Sex Panther!!!! Lol

  64. That Guy Donny says:

    It was sad watching Manning’s decline as a broncos fan but thank god it happened while we had a historic defense. Mannings still great but I remember hearing during the playoffs that 2015 was his worse season ever in his 18 years of playing football.

  65. BA Bosses says:

    will just might be a texans fan.

  66. Gilbert Fuentes says:

    This is kinda like the Patriots in 2019

  67. Michael Delgado says:

    Cake Bossweiler 😂😂

  68. Keko Jones says:

    I take it this guy personally dislikes Brock Osweiler.

  69. William Clogston says:

    Watching it once was enough thanks

  70. Mr Zx says:

    That superbowl was worse

  71. Beck Parsons says:

    I saw “Peyton’s worst game” and expected SB XVLIII

  72. Deandre Smith says:

    White privilege allowed Peyton Manning to ride off into the sunset.

    They’ll do the same with Brady next year.

    Meanwhile a more talented quarterback like cam was forced to throw the game and humiliate himself due to him being African American.
    Before you Whities bring up Russell Wilson no Russell Wilson was only used as a token to silence the black community after Trayvon martin died that was just a one time deal.

  73. CatsBeingCats 11 says:


  74. Adam Burn says:

    Super Bowl 48 is his worst in my opinion

  75. kingjay 202 says:


  76. Tyler Rastovski says:


  77. Chris Deluca says:

    I’m just happy Watson won a playoff game so we can finally say Osweiler wasn’t the last QB to win a playoff game in Houston

  78. Jesse Dell Ross says:

    With all due respect, his worst performance was the SB against the Hawks. He proved himself, once again, to not be able to win when he didn’t have a top defense and contributed to the loss.

  79. Zach says:

    I hope you guys make one of these for Brady's atrocious performance in his recent one and done wildcard game. It would only be fair.

  80. Matthew Arnold says:

    Manning should have took a page from Flacco's playbook. HB dumps and 5 yard outs.

  81. Jacob Probst says:

    As a Chiefs fan, this was his best game ever

  82. Dominic Delgado says:

    Texans closest chance at a sb win was with Brock 🥺

  83. NIK DA GREEK says:

    All you idiots in the comments do realize your talking about a guy that went 8 straight years with 12 or more wins with NO DEFENSE and MADE the Indianapolis Colts relevant after being bottom feeders, if anyone deserved a year of being carried its Peyton… about Brady being carried by his defense and his coaches chronic cheating?????

  84. Magneto Jones says:

    Dear Peyton,

    Thanks for the $37 million.

    Cake Bossweiler

  85. NK Thi says:

    Im a broncos fan and i was at that game. It was painful

  86. Chris Kuhn says:

    First downvote for an SB Nation video. Seems like you're trying to drag PM through the mud here for no reason, you gloss over the Superbowl 50 win in about 5 seconds, and make joke after joke that didn't land in this video.

  87. pbkayakyer says:

    Shoot. Manning's worst game still pales in comparison to most games of Jameis Winston.

  88. Tyler Birmingham says:

    “How the Browns were able to get Nick Chubb”

  89. Casey Hurst says:

    Didn't make it past the first sentence when Peyton was described as not half bad lol

  90. The Pink Pilgrim says:

    Video Title: Manning's worst game

    Actual Video: Stealth burial of Jock Brosweiler

  91. TheBMon 31305 says:

    I was at that game, dads a Broncos fan

  92. not felix says:

    3:21 “He entered the game leading the league in interceptions, so maybe this was a ploy to get that crown as well”

    Jameis Winston: hold my beer

  93. Thee Jareeve says:

    I remember this game.
    Simply wonderful to watch.
    Go Chiefs!

  94. Luke Connors says:

    Don’t forget super bowl 48 😂😂😂

  95. Bossdon83Drizzydre2733 Primetime7128 says:

    Picked him off 4 times they benched him I think he had 9 td and 17 int I believe

  96. Goldenblade14 says:

    I bet you this guy is an Aaron Rodgers fan.

  97. Larry Cucumber says:

    2:57 If you like good football, avert your eyes.

    Don’t worry, I watched a whole season of Jameis Winston. I’m used to it.

  98. Rule of 2 Review says:

    Let’s not pretend like Peyton ain’t the goat (or at least one of) and a total legend.

  99. Chiefs Lightning says:

    I remember watching this game with my entire family. Arguably the best day in the Reid era (At that point).

  100. Anthony McNeil says:

    As a Texans fan, without signing Trash-weiler we wouldn't have been able to draft Watson…so hey, if thing happened again, I wouldn't change anything…🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

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