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In the NFL, it seems like every decade has its share of quarterback rivalries.  There was Otto Graham vs Bobby Layne in the 1950s, Joe Namath vs. Johnny Unitas in the early 1970s, Roger Staubach vs. Terry Bradshaw, Jim Kelly vs John Elway both drafted in 1983, and even Dan Marino vs Joe Montana who piled up statistics like we had never seen before.  

There are many more rivalries over the years, but if you have been a football fan the last 15 years, you’ve been fortunate to watch one of the greatest quarterback rivalries we’ve ever seen, Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning.

Comparing their Vitals
We'll get into on field performance later on. The following below compares the similarities and differences of the two quarterbacks with respect to their vitals:

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Head-to-Head Matchups (Brady 10 wins, Manning 4 wins)

Game Result Winner Manning Stats Brady Stats
2001 - Week 3 IND 13 @ NE 44  Brady 20/34 196 Yds 1 TD 3 INT 13/23 168 Yds 0 TD 0 INT
2001 - Week 6 NE 38 @ IND 17  Brady 22/34 335 Yds 1 TD 0 INT 16/20 202 Yds 3 TD 0 INT
2003 - Week 13 NE 38 @ IND 34  Brady 29/48 278 Yds 4 TD 1 INT 26/35 236 Yds 2 TD 2 INT
2003 - AFC Ch. IND 14 @ NE 24 Brady 23/47 237 Yds 1 TD 4 INT 22/37 237 Yds 1 TD 1 INT
2004 - Week 1 IND 24 @ NE 27 Brady 16/29 256 Yds 2 TD 1 INT 26/38 335 Yds 3 TD 1 INT
2004 - AFC Div. IND 3 @ NE 20 Brady 27/42 238 Yds 0 TD 1 INT 18/27 144 Yds 1 TD 0 INT
2005 - Week 9 IND 40 @ NE 21  Manning 28/37 321 Yds 3 TD 1 INT 22/33 265 Yds 3 TD 0 INT
2006 - Week 9 IND 27 @ NE 20  Manning 20/36 326 Yds 2 TD 1 INT 20/35 201 Yds 0 TD 4 INT
2006 - AFC Ch. NE 34 @ IND 38 Manning 27/47 349 Yds 1 TD 1 INT 21/34 232 Yds 1 TD 1 INT
2007 - Week 9 NE 24 @ IND 20  Brady 16/27 225 Yds 1 TD 1 INT 21/32 255 Yds 3 TD 2 INT
2009 - Week 10 NE 34 @ IND 35 Manning 28/44 327 Yds 4 TD 2 INT 29/42 375 Yds 3 TD 1 INT
2010 - Week 11 IND 28 @ NE 31  Brady 38/52 396 Yds4 TD 3 INT 19/25 186 Yds 2 TD 0 INT
2012 - Week 5 DEN 21 @ NE 31  Brady 31/44 337 Yds 3 TD 0 INT 23/31 223 Yds 1 TD 0 INT
2013 - Week 12 DEN 31 @ NE 34 Brady 19/36 150 Yds 2 TD 1 INT 34/50 344 Yds 3 TD 0 INT


In their previous 14 meetings, the Brady (Patriots) and Manning (Colts/Broncos) have been favored by Vegas seven times each with Tom Brady holding the edge in the against the spread with an 8-5-1 record. The over-under between these two quarterbacks is 10-4. Below is their key statistics in these 14 head-to-head battles:

    Brady Manning
Wins 10 4
Points Per Game 30.0 24.6
Completion % 67.1% 61.8%
TD-INT 26-12 29-20
Passing Yards/Game 243.1 283.6
Rushing Yards/Game 2.5 5.4


Quarterback Rating
A perfect Quarterback Rating is 158.3, but generally speaking a seasonal QB Rating over 90 is excellent, and 100 or more is considered to be the sign of an elite quarterback year.
 

 

Passing Yards per Game
(Remember 2008 was the year Brady was injured in the first game of the season)

 

Completion %
Generally speaking, anything above 65% is an excellent number, close to (or above) a 70% completion percentage is considered to be an elite season


Cumulative Passing Touchdowns
Peyton Manning has the benefit of a two year head start on Tom Brady, so we probably won't see the final tally until they both decide to hang it up.  One would think that given the neck injury to Manning, that Brady will be able to tack a couple years on to his stats at the end of his career.  In the playoffs, Brady has 42 passing touchdowns compared to 34 from Manning.


Super Bowl Wins

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Other Football and Non-Football related Stats

  • Both have missed 16 games due to injury in their careers.
  • Both have hosted Saturday Night Live once (Brady '05 & Manning '07)
  • Both have received Sports Illustrated "Sportsman of the Year" once each.
  • Both have received the "Comeback Player of the Year" once each.
  • Manning has earned $207 million, Brady has earned $134 million (as of publish date)


We'll leave it up to you on who has the edge in one of the greatest quarterback rivalries of our time.  If you're judging purely on statistics then the edge has to go to Peyton Manning.  But if you're judging on someone who was behind in the statistical department, but delivered with wins and Super Bowls, then Brady is your man.  Luckily we have a few more years to see where this amazing quarterback duo will finish their careers.



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