No quarterback has been to the playoffs more than Peyton Manning or experienced more heartache there, either.
Only once in his previous dozen trips to the postseason party has Manning put his fingerprints on the Lombardi Trophy.
His 9-11 postseason record stands in stark contrast to his 167-73 regular-season mark and includes eight first-round exits. He's won just two of his past seven playoff games and lost his past three.
The meticulous quarterback renowned for his unrivaled work ethic and painstaking preparation doesn't believe that's because he grinds too much in January.
"I really don't believe so," Manning said as he prepared for Sunday's showdown between his host Denver Broncos (13-3) and the San Diego Chargers (10-7). " ... I think each season takes on its own identity and different things occurred along the way at different points of my career. This is the 2013 season, 2014 postseason, and it's its own chapter. We're looking forward to hopefully writing it for a number of more weeks."
To do that, he'll have to beat a team that considers Sunday's playoff game its sixth of the season, not its second.
After the Chargers lost to the Bengals at home Dec. 1 to fall to 5-7, they knew there was no margin for error in their remaining four games. San Diego hasn't lost since, including last Sunday's 27-10 wild-card win over the Bengals.
"The way we look at it, we've been in the playoffs since the last month of the season," linebacker Melvin Ingram said.
Titans: Tennessee continued its coaching search by interviewing Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. He reportedly interviewed Thursday with Detroit and is expected to meet with Cleveland on Saturday after interviewing with the Browns twice last year before they hired Rob Chudzinski.
Whisenhunt, 51, spent six seasons as Arizona's coach, where he went 45-51 including the Cardinals' first Super Bowl berth in 2009.
The Titans are one of four NFL teams still looking for a new coach after firing Mike Munchak on Jan. 4 after three seasons.
Eagles: Philadelphia police say someone broke into a home belonging to star receiver DeSean Jackson and stole a handgun and more than $250,000 in cash and jewelry. No arrests have been made.
Falcons: The team hired Bryan Cox from Tampa Bay as defensive line coach. Cox replaces Ray Hamilton, who was fired after a 4-12 season.
Chiefs: Former Raiders cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke and former New York Jets running back Joe McKnight were among seven players signed to reserve/future contracts.
Newsday (N.Y.) contributed to this report.