The Broncos were one for 14 on third down–think of that!–and mustered just 194 yards of offense, the lowest total ever for a Super Bowl victor. Manning had a couple of good completions (in throwing for a paltry 141 yards and and even paltrier 56.6 QB rating). But he threw a horrible interception to a defensive lineman and lost a fumble on a sack, and curled up like a doodle bug another time in lieu of getting hit.
Without the ferocious Denver defense making plays, Manning led the Broncos basically to two field goals. As bad as the Panthers were on offense, the Manning-led Broncos arguably were worse. If he had anything but “Manning” printed on the back of his jersey, I have no doubt that he would have been benched, and rightly so.
It’s definitely time for Manning to retire.