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:
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:
|Points Per Game||30.0||24.6|
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)
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
|Tom Brady||Peyton Manning|
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.