This is big! Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, two of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, will battle each other for the 17th time on Jan. 24 in Denver. We took a look back at the top five most epic moments in this fierce rivalry!
Tom Brady 38, has the super model wife Gisele Bundchen 35, and the edge with a 11-5 overall record against his respected rival, Peyton Manning 39. Tom is also a 4-time Super Bowl Champion and 3-time Super Bowl MVP with his team, the New England Patriots. But Peyton is no slouch winning one Super Bowl himself with the Indianapolis Colts and is a 14-time Pro-Bowler. What were the five most incredible moments in this incredible rivalry? Keep reading!
1. 2013 AFC Championship Game: Denver 26, New England 16
Coming off of a painful neck surgery, no one expected Peyton and the Denver Broncos, to stand-up against the pressure of the Patriots dominating defense. Instead, the legendary QB, who could not throw a ball prior to the surgery due to nerve damage, put up over 400 passing yards without an interception en route to his second shot for a Super Bowl ring.
2. 2003 AFC Championship Game: New England 24, Indianapolis 14
Unfortunately this was not Peyton’s day as he threw four interceptions at Gillette Stadium while Tom shined, completing 22 of his 37 pass attempts leading his team to the Super Bowl. “I just made some bad throws, some bad decisions,” Peyton explained to ESPN after the disappointing loss on the cold winter day in Massachusetts.
3. Nov. 24, 2013, Week 12: New England 34, Denver 31 OT
It was another frigid day in Foxborough as fans saw their Patriots being shut-out 24 to nothing at the half. But Tom was not about to give up, throwing three TD passes, leading his team to the biggest come-back of his career in the second half. A 31-point tie pushed the game into overtime when a fumbled punt by Peyton’s Broncos lost them the game.
4. Nov. 30, 2003, Week 13: New England 38, Indianapolis 34
ALthouth these guys are two of the best QB’s ever, it’s defense that wins ball games. Peyton threw 4 touchdown passes with only one interception outgunning Tom who had 2 interceptions to go with his 2 TD’s. But it was Tom’s defense that stepped up to win the game as they stuffed Peyton’s four attempts at the end zone late in the game during an ultimate goal line stand.
5. Nov. 15, 2009, Week 9: Indianapolis 35, New England 34
Fourth and two, deep in their own zone, with the a 6 point lead late in the game — and Coach Bill Belichick asks his Hall Of Fame QB Tom to go for it. Unfortunately it was not to be at the Pats were stopped leaving the door open for Peyton to throw the game-winning pass in this action-packed thriller. Tom and Peyton combined for over 700 yards and 7 TD’s in a game that may have been the best ever.
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