It’s been a one-sided rivalry for much of the regular season battles between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, but Manning now has a winning record vs. his foe in the post-season…
Peyton Manning will not retire with as many Super Bowl rings as Tom Brady, but he will likely retire with the upper-hand in head-to-head playoff matchups.
After the Broncos’ victory against the Patriots on Sunday (just typing that gets me pumped up for SB50), Manning pulled ahead of Brady in their all-time playoff matchup record. Manning and Brady had previously split playoff battles, tied at two wins apiece.
With Manning and the Broncos winning Sunday, he pulled ahead 3-2 against Brady in the postseason. The real fun statistic is that Manning has a 3-1 record against Brady in AFC Championship games, 2-0 as a Bronco.
One of the greatest rivalries in NFL history likely saw its final chapter on Sunday afternoon, and for Peyton Manning, it couldn’t have been a more perfect ending. What you would love to see now is for him to take advantage of the opportunity and win his 2nd NFL title.
Manning’s fourth attempt at a Super Bowl is certainly going to be one of his most daunting tasks yet, but he’s already beaten all of the toughest teams in the league to get here, including his arch nemesis.
The Broncos signed Peyton Manning to win them at least one Super Bowl. Period. In order to do that, they needed him to come in and beat Tom Brady on the biggest stage possible. He’s now done it twice. This time around, he had a lot of help. The Broncos’ defense is carrying the offense, which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s a little unnerving at times.
Still, this is Peyton Manning we’re talking about, and he played like the Manning of old when he needed to in the Broncos’ first two playoff games.
Manning and Brady might have the same number of touchdown passes in Denver this season, but Manning has the opportunity to play for a Super Bowl this year. My guess is, despite the fact that Brady is probably pretty unhappy about losing, he wouldn’t mind seeing his old foe win one more Lombardi before his career ends.