Tom Brady and Peyton Manning Renew Their NFL Rivalry on Sunday


Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, the two best quarterbacks of the modern era, will square off for the 16th time in their respective careers on Sunday at 4:25 EST. It’s the battle of the best regular-season play caller we’ve ever seen against one of the most clutch playoffs performers ever. Manning beat Brady in January’s AFC Championship game, catapulting the Denver Broncos’ ride to the Super Bowl. Before January’s matchup, Brady’s New England Patriots defeated Manning’s teams in their three previous contests. The two won’t appear on the field together, but their rivalry is arguably the best in sports today.

Manning is on a historic hot streak. Over his last 23 games, he’s thrown nearly 80 touchdowns and only 13 interceptions. When the New England Patriots began their season 2-2, Brady was left for dead. But after those first four games, Manning has led the team to four straight wins and 14 touchdown passes. The two veteran signal-callers are the oldest starting quarterbacks in the NFL this season and don’t show any sign of slowing down. They could be headed for another playoff showdown with their teams on top of their respective divisions.

Who Will Win on Sunday?

It’s a regular-season matchup, so our pick is Peyton Manning. Full disclosure, Brady is our starting Fantasy Football quarterback, so we wouldn’t mind if he had a big game. For a more in-depth look at the rivalry, Forbes (yes Forbes) details numbers beyond the gridiron. By the way, we never realized how small Manning’s hands were. Take another look at our feature image from the Forbes article. No wonder he always has to wear gloves. Manning must have trouble gripping his balls.

Oct 7, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) shakes hands with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) following the game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Broncos 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne