Until last week,
And he won't be one during the playoffs this year either.
Denver Coach Gary Kubiak announced Thursday that Manning will be the Broncos' starter during the playoffs, rather than
Manning has played in 24 playoff games during his 18-year career, appearing in three Super Bowls and winning one. Osweiler has no playoff experience.
While Manning struggled during the first nine games of the season, throwing only nine touchdown passes and 17 interceptions, he also was trying to play through the foot injury.
Osweiler played well for much of the second half of the season in Manning's absence but turned the ball over three times in the first half Sunday against the
Manning came in for the second half and took charge of the game for the Broncos. He took snaps from under center 40% of the time -- something he wasn't able to do much while playing with a hurt foot -- and made reads the inexperienced Osweiler isn't able to make.
Manning completed five of nine passes for only 69 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions, but led the Broncos to a 27-20 victory, clinching home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.