While each of these future Hall of Fame quarterbacks has downplayed the rival aspect of their star-crossed careers over the years, Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady is one of the greatest individual rivalries in the history of sport.
Four-time Super Bowl champion Adam Vinatieri, 43, certainly knows a thing or two about big games.
The 20-year veteran kicker holds the NFL record for career postseason points scored (234) and has delivered time and again in high-pressure, high-profile situations. Vinatieri split the uprights on a 48-yard field goal to win Super Bowl XXXVI. Two years later, he won another Super Bowl by kicking a 41-yarder. The infamous “Tuck Rule” game? Won on a field goal by you-know-who.
After 18 years of NFL service, future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning has decided to call it a career. The New Orleans native who went on to star at the University of Tennessee before becoming the No. 1 overall pick of the 1998 NFL Draft smashed numerous NFL records during his career in Indianapolis and later Denver, many of which will not fall in the foreseeable future.
Had Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos lost to the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, you could understand why the soon-to-be 40-year-old quarterback could contemplate a return in 2016. As everyone knows, the Broncos defeated the Panthers 24-10 and Manning won the second Lombardi Trophy of his career.
Sunday’s AFC Championship Game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots also represents Manning-Brady Bowl XVII. These two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks have already faced each other 16 times in their careers. Tom Brady holds a commanding 11-5 edge on Peyton Manning, but this rivalry is tied 2-2 in playoff matchups.
Thanksgiving Day was just the appetizer for Week 12 NFL and fantasy action. For the first time since Week 3 all 32 teams are in action, which means we still have 13 games to go between Sunday and Monday.
While there are plenty of things to be thankful for, one of them for football (and fantasy) fans is three games on Thanksgiving Day! And speaking of these three, oh-so-tasty matchups, what is a fantasy owner to do?
The Week 11 quarterback injury report is short and easy: four quarterbacks and all are ruled out. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Teddy Bridgewater and Aaron Rodgers are both on the injury report as probable, but both practiced in full and are on track to play. For tight ends, Owen Daniels was able to practice in full on Friday (and is listed as probable), so if you were planning on starting him, you can continue to do so.
What an interesting week we just witnessed in the NFL and fantasy! Who had the Falcons losing to the 49ers and who had Devonta Freeman only getting 12 yards on 12 carries? Thank goodness he caught a touchdown!