Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will renew their rivalry in the AFC Championship on Sunday. To get ready for what should be an epic showdown at Mile High, let’s take a look back at Brady vs. Manning over the years:
1. Tale of the Tape
Peyton Manning was a nationally recognized quarterback by the time he was in high school. He had the football pedigree — his father Archie played 13 NFL seasons with New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers and Minnesota Vikings. After an illustrious collegiate career at the University of Tennessee, Manning became the first overall pick of the 1998 draft.
Brady took a much different route to NFL stardom. Relatively unknown coming out of the University of Michigan, he was a sixth-round pick (199th overall) of the Patriots in the 2000 draft.
2. Brady Holds a Decisive Edge in Head-to-Head Matchups
Sunday will mark the 15th all-time meeting between the two quarterbacks. Brady currently holds a 10-4 edge over Manning, including a 2-1 advantage in the postseason.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 15, 2014
3. Brady Led Patriots to Epic Comeback Over Broncos in Week 12
Despite trailing 24-0 at halftime, Brady was able to lead the Patriots all the way back for a 34-31 victory over the Broncos at Gillette Stadium in Week 12.
Manning was naturally very disappointed at the way that game ended, and will be looking to exact some revenge on Sunday.
Manning: "It's disapointing. You had a chance to beat a good team at their place…hated the way that ended."
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) November 25, 2013
4. Manning Won Most Recent Playoff Meeting
It was Manning and the Colts who topped Brady and the Patriots 38-34 in the 2006 AFC Championship game — the last time these two legendary quarterbacks faced off in the postseason.
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5. Peyton Has Better Overall Numbers
Manning, who will be 38 in March, has played in more games, thrown for more yards, touchdowns (and interceptions) and has a higher overall regular-season QBR than Brady. In fact, the New Orleans native set several passing records this season, including most passing yards (5,477) and most touchdowns (55).