It has been 13 years since the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles met in Super Bowl XXXIX and the only player returning for the rematch is Tom Brady. Super Bowl LII will serve as the seventh rematch in the big game's history.
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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.