- Associated Press - Thursday, December 30, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Peyton Manning would rather focus on winning games than chasing milestones, and now his teammates and coaches understand why.

Picking a favorite accomplishment is tough stuff _ especially on a weekend that he’s chasing three NFL records and trying to enter one of the league’s most exclusive clubs.

“You’re asking me which (one) is the most impressive?” kicker Adam Vinatieri said, laughing. “You’re asking me to pick between which car I’d rather have, a Lamborghini or a Ferrari. The answer is yes.”

It’s not just another game for the only four-time MVP in league history. It could be the most historic day of his remarkable career.

When Manning takes his first snap against the Titans, he will break Gene Upshaw’s league record for most consecutive regular-season starts to open a career. The two are tied at 207.

That’s just the start.

Beating the Titans would send the Colts into the playoffs for a ninth consecutive year, tying the league record Dallas set from 1975-83. If Manning throws for 300 yards, he would have 64 career 300-yard games, one more than Dan Marino’s NFL record. And if Manning throws three TD passes, he will join Marino and Brett Favre as the third member of the 400 TD club.

Should one of those TD passes go to his favorite receiver, Reggie Wayne would break a tie with Hall of Famer Raymond Berry for second in franchise history. Wayne and Berry each have 68.

Not bad for a day’s work.

Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney and receiver Pierre Garcon believe the most notable feat this weekend would be extending the team’s streak of playoff appearances.

Manning has taken the Colts to the playoffs 10 times in 12 seasons, and only five of his current teammates _ right tackle Ryan Diem, running back Dominic Rhodes, center Jeff Saturday, long snapper Justin Snow and Wayne _ have ever missed the playoffs.

Three of those _ Diem, Rhodes and Wayne _ were rookies when the Colts stayed home in 2001.

“I think the playoff streak is the most impressive because it’s so hard to get there and there are so many variables that can cause you to not get there,” Freeney said. “When you have 53 guys on the roster, it becomes a team thing, too, and he’s got to get everyone going on the same page.”

Coach Jim Caldwell and linebacker Clint Session are more amazed by Manning’s incredible durability.

In 13 NFL seasons, Manning has never missed a start. His streak ranks second only to Favre among NFL quarterbacks and when you count playoff games Manning has started 225 consecutive games.

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