Los Angeles (AFP) – Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are both at the top of their games as the two legendary quarterbacks battle for the 16th time in their careers in a Sunday showdown at Gillette Stadium.
Brady and Manning are coming off one of the best months in their brilliant careers with each going 4-0 in October.
“Peyton has been a phenomenal player – so consistent and durable for a long period of time,” said New England Patriots Brady, who holds a 10-5 career edge over Manning. “We’ve had a great rivalry and this year is no different.”
If the Manning’s Denver Broncos win, or the Patriots manage to pull one out, they will each make a statement that the Super Bowl runs through them.
Manning is hoping to avoid a repeat of last season’s visit to the Patriot’s den where the Broncos lost 34-31 after blowing a 24-0 lead.
But Manning has posted a 5-4 mark in his last nine matchups overall with Brady, including a 26-16 win in last season’s AFC Championship Game.
The Manning-Brady matchup will also mark the first game in NFL history where both starting quarterbacks have earned 150-or-more regular-season wins.
Denver head coach John Fox did his best to try and downplay the matchup. “At the end of the day, it’s Broncos versus Patriots,” he said.
Indeed, the best record in the AFC will be on the line as Manning’s Broncos lead the AFC West with a 6-1 record and Patriots lead the AFC East with six wins and two losses.
New England has won four straight overall, including last weekend’s 51-23 drubbing of Chicago in which Brady threw touchdown passes on five of New England’s first six drives.
Brady finished 30-of-35 for 354 yards in his best performance of the season. Rob Gronkowski had 149 yards on nine receptions and caught three of Brady’s touchdown passes.
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