BALTIMORE — Eli Manning has two Super Bowl titles.
So, too, does Ben Roethlisberger.
Philip Rivers is 0-for-his-career, which has paralleled those of Manning and Roethlisberger, in pursuit of an elusive Lombardi Trophy.
Is this finally Rivers’ time?
The 37-year-old Chargers quarterback, who entered the NFL in the same 2004 draft as Manning and Roethlisberger, will play his first playoff game since 2013 on Sunday when 12-4 Los Angeles plays the 9-7 Ravens in an AFC wild-card game.
The window is closing for Rivers, whose closest run to a Super Bowl berth came when he got to his only AFC Championship game 11 years ago, losing to the Patriots.
Few understand Rivers’ plight better than Dan Fouts, who was the Chargers’ quarterback from 1973-87 and was voted into the Hall of Fame despite never having gotten to a Super Bowl in his 15 years.
Rivers is in his 15th NFL season and 13th as a starter and has failed pursuit of a Super Bowl title despite his greatness. It has become a narrative to his career.
“We never really talk about that particular subject,’’ Fouts told The Post on Friday. “For the last 30-odd years, at this time of year I do an interview about this subject and what it’s like [never to have gotten to a Super Bowl]. For Philip, he’s got a lot of time left. And this is a great opportunity for him. This is as good a team as he’s been on.’’
Rivers has carved out a brilliant career since becoming a starter in 2006. He has not missed a start in 217 games, including the playoffs.
Statistically, Rivers has been better than Manning and Roethlisberger — having thrown 374 touchdown passes to 178 interceptions with 54,656 yards. Manning has thrown 367 TDs to 239 INTs and 55,981 yards, and Roethlisberger 382 TDs to 190 INTs and 56,194 yards — with Manning and Roethlisberger having started two more seasons than Rivers, who sat behind Drew Brees to begin his career.
But the one stat in which Rivers trails Manning and Roethlisberger is in postseason record. Rivers is 4-5. Manning is 8-4, including 2-0 in Super Bowls. Roethlisberger is 13-8, including 2-1 in Super Bowls.
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Rivers’ playoff performances have not matched his regular-season brilliance. He has a 118-90 regular-season record and has completed 64.5 percent of his passes with a career passer rating of 95.6. In his nine playoff games, Rivers has completed 60.3 percent with 11 TDs, nine INTs and a passer rating of 85.2.
Entering Sunday’s game, Rivers is coming off what might be his best season — finishing with a 105.5 passer rating, which tied for the highest of his career, with 32 TDs, 12 INTs and a 68.3 completion percentage.
He comes to Baltimore with as complete a team as he’s had in years, with a strong running game and a disruptive defense.
But all of the regular-season accolades will feel empty without a trip to the Super Bowl.
Asked recently by a reporter if his career would be incomplete without a Super Bowl, Rivers said, “That’s a hard one to verbalize.”
He has insisted he won’t allow winning a title or not to define his career or take away from his happiness.
“By no means am I saying I’m settling,’’ Rivers told reporters. “It’s not that. It’s just that [a championship is] not going to define happiness for me at the end of day. Now, do I want us to win one as bad now as ever? Yes. For sure. But I don’t lose sleep at night. It’s not going to be something that makes me go, ‘Gosh, man,’ or not at peace. It won’t be that. That won’t be the case.”
Fouts has lived that life for more than 30 years, seen his name listed among quarterbacks who excelled in regular seasons but never won the big one.
“That’s for other people to judge,’’ Fouts said. “People are going to have their own opinion. Some people are going to say, ‘Yeah, but …’ And that’s fine. That’s part of the game. I am proud of the teams I played on and the coach I played for [Don Coryell] and the way that Air Coryell kind of redefined the game and changed the game.’’
Fouts believes Rivers, whether he ever wins a Super Bowl or not, should feel the same satisfaction about his career.
“I’ve gotten to spend time with Philip and he is what you see,’’ Fouts said. “He’s compassionate. He’s passionate. He’s tough. He’s all the things that you would like in your quarterback. He’s got it all.’’
Except for one thing.