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.
Perhaps you’ve noticed, but the New England Patriots have been to the Super Bowl before, as they will soon be making their NFL-record ninth appearance in franchise history, and their seventh since 2001. They have arguably the best head coach, quarterback and owner combination that we’ve ever seen in professional football.
It wouldn't be hyperbole to say that a Texans victory on Saturday night in Foxborough would be one of the biggest upsets in NFL playoff history. Of course, the Patriots being favorites in a playoff game is nothing new, especially at home where they are 15-3 during the Bill Belichcik/Tom Brady era.
The last time the Miami Dolphins won a playoff game Destiny’s Child’s “Independent Women” was the hottest song in the country and Jay Fiedler was under center for the team in a post-Y2K world. Fast-forward to present day where Beyoncé is dominating the pop scene without Kelly and Michelle and the Dolphins are without their franchise quarterback, Ryan Tannehill.
The Miami Dolphins (10-5) will host the New England Patriots (13-2) to wrap up the NFL regular season for both teams. The two AFC East rivals last met in week 2 in Foxborough with the Patriots coming out on top by a score of 31-24. While both teams have already clinched a playoff berth, this matchup looms large with several AFC teams still jockeying to improve their seeding.
The Chiefs are looking to bounce back from last week’s heartbreaking, last-second home loss to the Titans and earn their third playoff berth in four seasons under Andy Reid. While the defeat was distressing, it wasn't a death sentence for Kansas City’s AFC West title hopes.