6. Brady More Clutch?
You hear it all the time: the only thing that matters are championships. If that’s true, then Brady, with three Super Bowl rings, holds a decided advantage over Manning, who has just one.
When it comes to postseason play, Brady holds an 18-7 record in 11 playoff appearances while Manning holds a 10-11 record in 13 playoff appearances.
But when you really analyze the statistics, Brady’s numbers are actually slightly worse than Manning’s in the postseason. Check out the table below:
7. More Love For Peyton?
Although Brady has mostly gotten the best of Manning, the latter seems to simply get more love. According to the Washington Post, Manning was voted the most respected player in the league in a poll of more than 320 NFL athletes. Brady was third, also behind Manning’s successor in Indianapolis, Andrew Luck.
Additionally, Manning was named the most popular quarterback in a recent survey by Public Policy Polling. The Broncos triggerman was named the favorite quarterback of 22 percent of those polled. Brady came in second with 13 percent of the vote.
8. Brady vs. Manning: Off the Field
According to Boston.com, Manning brings in more endorsement money than Brady, $12 million to $7 million through last June.
Manning also seems to be more comfortable in front of the camera. He has made a number of hilarious commercials and, while he and Brady have both made Saturday Night Live hosting appearances, Peyton was considerably funnier as a host.
Watch Manning’s gut-busting SNL skit below:
Manning has also done several hilarious commercials. Watch the best of them below:
When it comes to spouses, the two quarterbacks couldn’t have chosen different routes. In 2001, Manning married Ashley Thompson, who has managed to remain anonymous as any wife of a future Hall of Fame quarterback can nowadays. Brady, however, married Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen in 2009 after dating actress Bridget Moynahan from 2004-2006.
9. More Than Just Brady vs. Manning
It’s easy to get caught up in all the hype and fanfare surrounding the Brady vs. Manning rivalry and forget that football is, in fact, a team game.
According to Bleacher Report, Manning has had the advantage of a better defense in four of the past five matchups while Brady has benefited from a better ground game.
With a depleted arsenal of weapons on offense, New England coach Bill Belichick has begun to rely less on the arm of Brady and more on a power running game featuring LeGarrette Blount and Stevan Ridley.
Meanwhile, Manning is generally agreed to have many more weapons at his disposal this year, including Wes Welker, former Patriots receiver and top target of Brady.
10. Respect, Not Hate, Fuels the Rivalry
Many rivalries in sports are fueled by a genuine dislike on both sides. This is not the case with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, who share a profound respect for one another.
Brady on Manning: “You play all these years where you have not a lot of touchdown passes, and all of a sudden you’re throwing four a game. It’s pretty incredible.”
Manning on Brady: “I think the one thing that jumps out about Tom is just his consistency. I feel like he’s been a better player each year than he was the year before. That, to me, speaks to his work ethic in the offseason, his refusal to be complacent or satisfied.”
Brady talked about Manning in an interview with ESPN last year: