Pats 7, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) signals a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots: Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning Fact Sheet

As anticipation for Sunday night’s Brady vs. Manning XIV game when the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos clash in Foxboro, fans can reminisce on previous Brady vs. Manning match-ups. Almost each time they’ve faced each other it’s been a shootout, and you have to go back to 2005 to find a game where one team got blown out while both future hall-of-famers played. Manning got his first win in Gillette on Nov. 7th, 40-21, during his seventh season in the league.

Let’s take a look at some more facts behind arguably the greatest QB rivalry of all time:

  • Brady is 9-4 against Manning
  • The last time Brady lost to Manning was 2009 in the infamous “Fourth and Two” game
  • Brady’s first start after taking over for Drew Bledsoe was actually against Manning’s Colts in Foxboro. The Patriots stunned the Colts and smacked them 44-13.
    • In this game, Brady went 13/23, for 168 yards and a passer rating of 79.6. Overall, not impressive numbers that would indicate a future hall-of-famer.
  • Head-to-Head stats:
    • Manning: 325/521,  3,821 yards, 27 TD’s, 19 INT’s
    • Brady: 276/412,  3,059 yards, 23 TD’s, 12 INT’s
  • Manning’s passer rating against Brady: 86.7
  • Brady’s passer rating against Manning: 95.3
  • When playing in Foxboro, Manning has an even 21 TD’s and 21 INT’s and only 2 wins
  • 5 different players have caught passes from both Brady and Peyton: Wes Welker, Austin Collie, Torrance Small, Jermaine Wiggins, and Dan Klecko

Regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s match-up, we all need to enjoy these games while they last. We are witnessing the clash of two quarterbacks that can be argued as #1 and #2 all-time after they retire; what could be better?

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