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10 Amazing Stats to Know about the Manning-Brady Rivalry


Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are easily the greatest quarterbacks of their generation and arguably the top two signal-callers of all-time. This weekend’s AFC Championship Game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots will mark the 15th time that the 37-year-old Manning and 36-year-old Brady have squared off in their Hall of Fame careers. Here’s a look at some of the notable numbers from one of the most remarkable rivalries in the history of sports:

Record of Manning vs. Brady in AFC Championship Games
This year marks the third time Manning and Brady have played against each other in the AFC title game. Manning’s Indianapolis Colts rallied for a 38–34 win over Brady’s Patriots in 2006. New England beat Indianapolis, 24–14, in 2003. Each time, the winner went on to win the Super Bowl.

Brady’s record vs. Manning head-to-head all-time
Tom Terrific has gotten the best of Archie’s middle son over the years, including an off-the-charts 31–24 come-from-behind win this season.

Brady’s career playoff record
Gisele Bunchen’s husband has started (and won) more playoff games than any quarterback ever. His 25 playoff games (and counting) outrank Brett Favre (24) and Joe Montana (23), while the 18 wins are more than Montana (16), Terry Bradshaw (14) and John Elway (14).

Manning’s career playoff record

Ten postseason wins is good for a tie for ninth all-time with Ben Roethlisberger (10–4).

Combined Super Bowl appearances by Manning and Brady
Brady is 3–2 on Super Sunday, with wins over Kurt Warner’s Rams, Jake Delhomme’s Panthers and Donovan McNabb’s Eagles, along with a pair of losses to Peyton’s younger brother Eli. Manning has split his two chances at the Vince Lombardi Trophy, defeating Rex Grossman’s Bears but losing to Drew Brees’ Saints.

Record TD passes by Manning in 2013 regular season
The previous record-holder? That’s right, Brady had 50 TDs in 2007.

Record total points scored by Broncos in 2013 regular season
The previous record-holders? That’s right, the Patriots scored 589 during Brady’s record-breaking 2007 season.

Career playoff TD passes by Brady
Brady is three postseason TD passes away from tying Montana’s all-time record of 45 playoff TD passes. Manning has 34 playoff TDs.

Combined career passing yards by Manning and Brady
With 64,964 career passing yards, Manning trails only Favre (71,838 yards) on the all-time list. Brady’s 49,149 career passing yards ranks seventh all-time. Manning (491) and Brady (359) have also combined to throw 850 career TDs.

Difference in respective draft positions of Manning and Brady
Tennessee’s Manning was drafted No. 1 overall in 1998, while Michigan’s Brady fell to No. 199 in 2000. They took decidedly different routes but both are in the AFC title game.

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