Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers are two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Manning is from the South playing his college ball at Tennessee while Rodgers is a West Coast guy who played at Cal. Both have put together careers that few before them have ever done.
While the comparisons are natural, the two have not faced each other much during their careers. Manning has spent his career in the AFC with both the Broncos and Colts while Rodgers has spent his career with the Packers who are in the NFC. This means their two teams have not had the opportunity to play each other often.
Their combined stats and on-field accolades are staggering. Manning has been in the league longer than Rodgers, but he has held his own during his shorter career. Here is what you need to know about the pair of great quarterbacks:
1. The Two Players Have Only Faced Each Other Once
According to MMQB, Manning and Rodgers have only faced each other one time in their careers. The game was in 2008 when Manning was still with the Colts and the game was played in Green Bay. The Packers won 31-14 at Lambeau Field.
Manning struggled as he threw for 229 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns. Rodgers did not post massive numbers either. He threw for 186 yards and one touchdown in the contest. The November 2015 matchup marks the first time the two had played against each other since 2008.
2. Manning Has Twice the Amount of Starts as Rodgers
It makes sense that Manning would have a lot more starts than Rodgers since he has been in the league longer. According to Peter King of MMQB, Manning has 286 starts compared to 121 for Rodgers.
Rodgers spent the early part of his career playing as the backup quarterback behind Brett Favre. Rodgers is entering his 11th season but just his eighth season as an NFL starting quarterback. Manning is in his 17th season as a starter.
3. Each Quarterback Has a Super Bowl Ring
Both quarterbacks have won a Super Bowl. According to ESPN, Rodgers has only appeared in one Super Bowl while Manning has three Super Bowl appearances. Manning won Super Bowl XLI with the Colts as they defeated the Bears. He was 25 of 38 passes for 247 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the championship victory.
Rodgers and the Packers won Super Bowl XLV over the Steelers. He threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns as they defeated the Steelers. Rodgers performance earned him the Super Bowl MVP and a trip to Disney World.
4. Manning & Rodgers Have a Combined Seven MVP Awards
The duo has quite the collection of MVP awards. According to ESPN, Manning is the only player to have won the MVP award five times. He has won the award back to back two times in 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009. He also won the award in 2013. Rodgers won the award in 2014 and 2011. Rodgers also has a Super Bowl MVP award.
5. The Quarterbacks Have Combined for 101,284 Passing Yards
Manning had a bit of a head start over Rodgers. Midway through the 2015 season, Manning had thrown for 71,215 yards and 537 touchdowns in 262 games played.
Rodgers had 30,069 career passing yards at the 2015 midway point along with 241 touchdowns in 116 career games. He has completed 2,410 passes over his career.