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Friday, January 2, 2009
Rivers outshines Manning in key areas

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Peyton Manning may have won the NFL MVP award Friday, but Philip Rivers, who finished in sixth place in the voting, has been better than Manning in several key areas.

The two quarterbacks will face off Saturday night in a wild-card game in San Diego. Courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information, here are some charts comparing the two quarterbacks.

Rivers was the second-highest rated passer this season in the fourth quarter. Here is how both Rivers and Manning played in the fourth quarter:

Rivers, Manning in the 4th Quarter
 
Comp % 63.8 63.3
TD 12 6
Int 2 3
Y/A 8.1 6.6
Rating 111.7 87.3
NFL rank 2nd 15th
Rivers, Manning Vs. the Blitz (2008)
 CompAttYdsComp %TDIntSackRating
Rivers 74 120 1,067 61.7 12 3 6 113.4
Manning 78 123 841 63.4 7 3 4 92.2

On third down, Manning is more accurate, but Rivers has thrown for more yards, touchdowns and has a better rating.

Rivers, Manning on 3rd Down
 
Comp % 61.1 66.7
Yds1195 1056
TD 15 9
Int 4 4
Rating 110.7 98.3