here is my only defense to the whole thing
maybe Peyton really couldn't throw the ball 20-30 yards.
Their offense was dink and dunk ball control 10-15 yard dig routes the whole game...
maybe they thought if he aired it out at the end he'd throw a duck that would result in a pick, and they had a better chance to get a stop in OT and dink and dunk their way to field goal range like they tried doing a few times before they got stuffed on 3rd and 1 and Peyton threw a terrible pick
but that still doesn't mean you run the ball on 3rd and 7 when Peyton could clearly throw an 8 yard pass and had been doing it effectively the entire game AND had a situation where play-action probably would have left someone open for a quick hitter as well