Tom Brady–Peyton Manning rivalry

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Tom Brady (left) and Peyton Manning (right)

The Tom Brady–Peyton Manning rivalry is a series of games that took place between 2001 and 2016, involving two quarterbacks in the National Football League (NFL): Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.[1][2][3] Brady has played for the New England Patriots since 2000, when he was the 199th selection in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.[4] He has been the starter since 2001, after Drew Bledsoe was injured early in the season, and has been so since, with the exception of 2008, when he tore his ACL in the opening game.[5] Manning was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1998 NFL Draft with the number 1 pick, and played for the Colts until a neck injury caused him to miss the entire 2011 season.[6] Prior to the 2012 season, Manning signed with the Denver Broncos, whom he played for up to his retirement following the 2015 season.[7][8]

Rivalry[edit]

Manning and Brady played each other seventeen times.[9] Brady led the head-to-head series 11–6. From 2001–2015, the two quarterbacks met at least once every season, with the following exceptions: the Colts and Patriots, longtime AFC East division rivals from 1970–2001, did not meet in 2002 following the NFL's divisional re-alignment; Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 1 of the 2008 season; Manning missed the entire 2011 season due to recovery from multiple neck surgeries, as well as the 2015 regular-season meeting due to recovery from a torn plantar fascia. Brady led the Colts–Patriots series 8–4[10] and also led the Broncos–Patriots series 3–2,[11] though Manning's two wins with the Broncos both occurred in the AFC Championships in 2013 and 2015. Brady led the series in Foxborough 8–2 (7–2 at Gillette Stadium), while Manning led the series in Indianapolis/Denver 4–3.[11] The home team won each of the final seven games, with the last road win for either quarterback in the rivalry coming in Brady's 2007 win at Indianapolis.

The two quarterbacks met five times in the NFL Playoffs, in which Manning led the playoff series 3–2. Each of the five games was won by the home team. Brady led 2–1 vs. Manning's Colts' teams, while Manning's Broncos' teams led 2–0. Four of the five matchups were in the AFC Championship Game, with Manning winning three out of four, one with the Colts and two with the Broncos. The winner of those games went on to be the eventual Super Bowl winner, with the exception of the 2013 matchup.[11]

Results[edit]

Brady regular-season win Brady playoff win Manning regular-season win Manning playoff win

Colts vs. Patriots[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location Playoff round Record (playoff)
(Brady-Manning)
2001[11] September 30 New England Patriots 44–13 Indianapolis Colts Foxboro Stadium - 1–0
October 21 New England Patriots 38–17 Indianapolis Colts RCA Dome - 2–0
2003[11] November 30 New England Patriots 38–34 Indianapolis Colts RCA Dome - 3–0
2004[11] January 18 New England Patriots 24–14 Indianapolis Colts Gillette Stadium AFC Championship 4–0 (1–0)
2004[11] September 9 New England Patriots 27–24 Indianapolis Colts Gillette Stadium - 5–0 (1–0)
2005[11] January 16 New England Patriots 20–3 Indianapolis Colts Gillette Stadium AFC Divisional Round 6–0 (2–0)
2005[11] November 7 Indianapolis Colts 40–21 New England Patriots Gillette Stadium - 6–1 (2–0)
2006[11] November 5 Indianapolis Colts 27–20 New England Patriots Gillette Stadium - 6–2 (2–0)
2007[11] January 21 Indianapolis Colts 38–34 New England Patriots RCA Dome AFC Championship 6–3 (2–1)
2007[11] November 4 New England Patriots 24–20 Indianapolis Colts RCA Dome - 7–3 (2–1)
2009[11] November 15 Indianapolis Colts 35–34 New England Patriots Lucas Oil Stadium - 7–4 (2–1)
2010[11] November 21 New England Patriots 31–28 Indianapolis Colts Gillette Stadium - 8–4 (2–1)

Broncos vs. Patriots[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location Playoff Round Record (playoff)
(Brady-Manning)
2012[11] October 7 New England Patriots 31–21 Denver Broncos Gillette Stadium - 9–4 (2–1)
2013[11] November 24 New England Patriots 34–31 (OT) Denver Broncos Gillette Stadium - 10–4 (2–1)
2014[11] January 19 Denver Broncos 26–16 New England Patriots Sports Authority Field at Mile High AFC Championship 10–5 (2–2)
2014[12] November 2 New England Patriots 43–21 Denver Broncos Gillette Stadium - 11–5 (2–2)
2016 January 24 Denver Broncos 20–18 New England Patriots Sports Authority Field at Mile High AFC Championship 11–6 (2–3)

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Player G ATT COMP PCT ATT/G YDS AVG YDS/G TD INT LNG SCK RATE RSH YDS RSH ATT RSH TD NFL MVPs
Peyton Manning[13] 266 9,380 6,125 65.3 35.2 71,940 7.7 272.1 539 251 86 303 96.5 667 431 18 5
Tom Brady[14] 253 8,805 5,629 63.9 34.8 66,159 7.5 261.5 488 160 99 452 97.6 968 557 17 3

Playoffs[edit]

Player G ATT COMP PCT ATT/G YDS AVG YDS/G TD INT LNG SCK RATE RSH YDS RSH ATT RSH TD SB Wins SB MVPs
Peyton Manning[15] 27 1,027 649 63.2 38 7,339 7.1 271.8 40 25 87 40 87.4 34 32 3 2 1
Tom Brady[16] 37 1,464 920 62.8 39.6 10,226 7 276.4 71 31 73 65 90.9 140 95 6 5 4

Note: Brady's statistics are updated as of February 4, 2018, while Manning's statistics are final.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Armour, Nancy (January 17, 2014). "With other QB rivalries 'not even close,' Manning and Brady square off again". USA Today. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ Hochman, Benjamin (January 19, 2014). "Peyton Manning-Tom Brady ranks among greatest sports rivalries of all time". The Denver Post. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Reineking, Jim (January 21, 2016). "Top Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning games". National Football League. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ Full Draft - 2000
  5. ^ Springer, Shira (September 11, 2008). "Brady has both ACL and MCL tears". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  6. ^ Kelley, Craig (September 7, 2011). "COLLINS TO START". Indianapolis Colts. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  7. ^ Caldwell, Gray; Zaas, Stuart (March 21, 2012). "Peyton Manning a Denver Bronco". Denver Broncos. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Broncos Sign Peyton Manning". ESPN.com. March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  9. ^ Battista, Judy (October 31, 2014). "Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady: One for the ages -- and ageless". National Football League. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  10. ^ Donaldson, Jim (January 12, 2014). "Jim Donaldson: Brady-Manning – As good as it gets". Providence Journal. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Bender, Bill (October 30, 2014). "By the Numbers: Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning". The Sporting News. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  12. ^ Watanabe, Ben (November 2, 2014). "Peyton Manning Admits 'I Stunk' After Tom Brady Claims Rivalry Victory". New England Sports Network. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Peyton Manning Stats | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-02-11. 
  14. ^ "Tom Brady Stats | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-02-11. 
  15. ^ "Peyton Manning Stats | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-02-11. 
  16. ^ "Tom Brady Stats | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-02-11.