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.
Joe Montana was always “Joe Cool” on Super Bowl Sunday, winning four Super Bowl titles (XVI, XIX, XXIII and XXIV) and three Super Bowl MVPs with the San Francisco 49ers. With an unblemished 4–0 record and a perfect 11 TDs to zero INTs in the Big Game, Montana established himself as the standard by which all other QBs are measured when the Vince Lombardi Trophy is on the line.
Each season, NFL players do something that's never been done before, or achieve amazing milestones that only a few have reached. 2016 was no exception. Tom Brady broke quarterback records, Odell Beckham Jr. joined an elite group of receving greats, and Ezekiel Elliott joined Eric Dickerson as one the game's greatest rookie-season running backs. Here's a quick rundown of records and milestones, broken down by player.
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.
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?
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!
What a terrible week in the NFL, and likewise fantasy, for injuries. Just take a look at these names — Le’Veon Bell, Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall and Steve Smith Sr. — all got hurt and weren’t able to finish their game.