At age 38, Peyton Manning will likely crack 500 career TDs, a milestone that took Brett Favre until age 41 in his final, gimping year as an NFL quarterback. Manning shows no signs of stopping and many of Favre's legacy career marks are likely to fall to Manning soon.
The Green Bay Packers' season is on the brink. Two wins in five days puts the Packers back in the drivers' seat. Two losses and the playoffs are effectively impossible. The microscope falls on Mike McCarthy and his ability to rally his troops to play as greater than a sum of their parts.
It's been 21 years, 1 month, and 2 weeks since a Packers' backup quarterback has made a meaningful start. Ted Thompson has rolled the dice for years that that streak would continue indefinitely. Today, the Pack will start a washed-up veteran with no training camp experience and Thompson has no one to blame but himself.
"I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious."