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Peyton Manning's Second Season


Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts calls the count from the line of scrimmage during a 1999 game against the New York Jets at the Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Colts defeated the Jets 16-13.

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With a season under his belt, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning made strides as a starter in his second year, cutting his interception total from 28 to 15 while still throwing 26 touchdown passes. He also eclipsed the 4,000-yards-passing mark for the first time in his NFL career with 4,135 yards.

Behind Manning's arm and leadership, the Colts team made a complete turnaround, going from 3-13 the previous season to 13-3 and an AFC East divisional championship. Indianapolis then thumped the Buffalo Bills, 31-6, in the first round of the playoffs before bowing to the Tennessee Titans, 16-19, in the second round.

The playoff loss would fuel Manning to push himself even harder during the offseason to become the best in the NFL.

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