Brees passes; Manning fails

MIAMI – It was the mistake that halted all talk of legacy and supremacy for one man, and brought immortality to the other.

Peyton Manning, so strong and so sure, was on the ground while Tracy Porter streaked 74 yards into the end zone to give the New Orleans Saints a 31-17 lead over the Indianapolis Colts last night, a lead they did not relinquish. That Manning, on the cusp of forcing the issue of who is the best quarterback of all time, made such a costly error at such a critical time was stunning.