Peyton Manning Named Finalist for Player-of-the-Week Honor
INDIANAPOLIS – Colts Quarterback Peyton Manning has been named a finalist for FedEx Air NFL Player-of-the-Week honors, the NFL announced on Tuesday. Fans can vote for winners on NFL.com/FedEx from 9 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday through noon (ET) on Friday to determine the Players-of-the-Week.
Manning helped lead the Colts to a 35-31 victory last Thursday night at Jacksonville, making the Colts the third team in NFL history to reach 14-0. Manning completed 23-of-30 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns with one interception for a 134.4 passer rating. The Colts extended their NFL mark with a 23rd consecutive victory, and it also marked their seventh comeback victory of the season, a new NFL record. Manning's 65-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Reggie Wayne on third down with 5:23 remaining provided the winning points.
Manning also accomplished several personal milestones with Thursday night's performance. He extended his NFL record with a 10th 4,000 -yard season, while it was his fifth career 30 -touchdown season, his 21st career 4 -touchdown game—tying him with Dan Marino for second-most in NFL history—his 43rd career fourth-quarter or overtime game-winning drive, and his ninth 300 -yard game of the season.
Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. As part of the Air & Ground program, FedEx continues its support of Safe Kids USA – a national non-profit organization that works to prevent accidental injury among children – by making weekly $1,000 donations in the winning players' names. The funding, allocated to local Safe Kids coalitions in that team's city, is used for pedestrian safety improvements throughout the year, from upgraded crosswalks and street signage to traffic barriers and educational training.
Also nominated for Air Player-of-the-Week honors were Baltimore's Joe Flacco and Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger.