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Saturday, October 3, 2009
Manning deadly so far in fourth quarter

By Paul Kuharsky

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

If the Seahawks have any early success against Peyton Manning Sunday, it may not be cause to be encouraged.
Peyton Manning in the 4th quarter
Comp. pct. 83.3 NFL rank: 1
Yds/att 12.9 NFL rank: 1
Passer rtg 137.3 NFL rank: 2

Manning’s gotten progressively better in each of his undefeated team’s three games so far this season.

From the fine folks at ESPN Stats and Information:

Broken down by quarter, Manning has posted season-lows in completion percentage (64.0), yards-per-attempt (8.9) and passer rating (72.8) in the first period.

His final three quarters this season have been nearly flawless, as he's accumulated a 133.5 passer rating and thrown six touchdown passes without an interception. Manning's production has steadily increased with each quarter, culminating in fourth-quarter numbers that lead the NFL in completion percentage and yards-per-attempt (minimum 15 attempts).

The quarterback who ranks ahead of Manning in fourth-quarter passer rating? Eli Manning of the Giants, at 137.5.