Tom Brady–Peyton Manning rivalry

Tom Brady (left) and Peyton Manning (right)

Tom Brady 2011
Peyton Manning (cropped)

The Tom Brady–Peyton Manning rivalry is a series of games that took place between 2001 and 2016, involving two quarterbacks in the National Football League (NFL): Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.[1][2][3] Brady has played for the New England Patriots since 2000, when he was the 199th selection in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.[4] He has been the starter since 2001, after Drew Bledsoe was injured early in the season, and has been so since, with the exception of 2008, when he tore his ACL in the opening game.[5] Manning was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1998 NFL Draft with the number 1 pick, and played for the Colts until a neck injury caused him to miss the entire 2011 season.[6] Prior to the 2012 season, Manning signed with the Denver Broncos, whom he played for up to his retirement following the 2015 season.

Manning and Brady are considered by many as the two greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.[7][8]


Manning and Brady played each other seventeen times.[9] Brady led the head-to-head series 11–6. From 2001–2015, the two quarterbacks met at least once every season, with the following exceptions: the Colts and Patriots, longtime AFC East division rivals from 1970–2001, did not meet in 2002 following the NFL's divisional re-alignment; Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 1 of the 2008 season; Manning missed the entire 2011 season due to recovery from multiple neck surgeries, as well as the 2015 regular-season meeting due to recovery from a torn plantar fascia. Brady led the Colts–Patriots series 8–4[10] and also led the Broncos–Patriots series 3–2,[11] though Manning's two wins with the Broncos both occurred in the AFC Championships in 2013 and 2015. Brady led the series in Foxborough 8–2 (7–2 at Gillette Stadium), while Manning led the series in Indianapolis/Denver 4–3.[11] The home team won each of the final seven games, with the last road win for either quarterback in the rivalry coming in Brady's 2007 win at Indianapolis.

The two quarterbacks met five times in the NFL Playoffs, in which Manning led the playoff series 3–2. Each of the five games was won by the home team. Brady led 2–1 vs. Manning's Colts' teams, while Manning's Broncos' teams led 2–0. Four of the five matchups were in the AFC Championship Game, with Manning winning three out of four, one with the Colts and two with the Broncos.

The winner of the playoff games went on to be the eventual Super Bowl winner, with the exception of the 2014 matchup.[11]


Brady regular-season win Brady playoff win Manning regular-season win Manning playoff win

Colts vs. Patriots

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location Playoff round Record (playoff)
2001[11] September 30 New England Patriots 44–13 Indianapolis Colts Foxboro Stadium - 1–0
October 21 New England Patriots 38–17 Indianapolis Colts RCA Dome - 2–0
2003[11] November 30 New England Patriots 38–34 Indianapolis Colts RCA Dome - 3–0
2004[11] January 18 New England Patriots 24–14 Indianapolis Colts Gillette Stadium AFC Championship 4–0 (1–0)
2004[11] September 9 New England Patriots 27–24 Indianapolis Colts Gillette Stadium - 5–0 (1–0)
2005[11] January 16 New England Patriots 20–3 Indianapolis Colts Gillette Stadium AFC Divisional Round 6–0 (2–0)
2005[11] November 7 Indianapolis Colts 40–21 New England Patriots Gillette Stadium - 6–1 (2–0)
2006[11] November 5 Indianapolis Colts 27–20 New England Patriots Gillette Stadium - 6–2 (2–0)
2007[11] January 21 Indianapolis Colts 38–34 New England Patriots RCA Dome AFC Championship 6–3 (2–1)
2007[11] November 4 New England Patriots 24–20 Indianapolis Colts RCA Dome - 7–3 (2–1)
2009[11] November 15 Indianapolis Colts 35–34 New England Patriots Lucas Oil Stadium - 7–4 (2–1)
2010[11] November 21 New England Patriots 31–28 Indianapolis Colts Gillette Stadium - 8–4 (2–1)

Broncos vs. Patriots

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location Playoff Round Record (playoff)
2012[11] October 7 New England Patriots 31–21 Denver Broncos Gillette Stadium - 9–4 (2–1)
2013[11] November 24 New England Patriots 34–31 (OT) Denver Broncos Gillette Stadium - 10–4 (2–1)
2014[11] January 19 Denver Broncos 26–16 New England Patriots Sports Authority Field at Mile High AFC Championship 10–5 (2–2)
2014[12] November 2 New England Patriots 43–21 Denver Broncos Gillette Stadium - 11–5 (2–2)
2016 January 24 Denver Broncos 20–18 New England Patriots Sports Authority Field at Mile High AFC Championship 11–6 (2–3)

Career statistics

Regular season

Peyton Manning[13] 266 9,380 6,125 65.3 71,940 7.7 270.5 539 251 86 303 96.5 667 431 18 5
Tom Brady[14] 269 9,375 6,004 64.0 70,514 7.5 262.1 517 171 99 473 97.6 1,003 580 19 3


Peyton Manning[13] 27 1,027 649 63.2 7,339 7.1 271.8 40 25 87 40 87.4 34 32 3 2 1
Tom Brady[14] 40 1,589 1,005 63.2 11,179 7.0 279.5 73 34 73 66 90.5 136 100 6 6 4

Note: Brady's statistics are updated as of February 3, 2019, while Manning's statistics are final.


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2001 New England Patriots season

The 2001 New England Patriots season was the 32nd season for the New England Patriots in the National Football League and 42nd season overall. They finished with an 11–5 record and a division title before advancing to and winning Super Bowl XXXVI.

Coming off a fifth-place finish in the AFC East during head coach Bill Belichick’s first season in 2000, the Patriots were not expected to fare much better in 2001. On August 6, quarterbacks coach, Dick Rehbein, died of cardiomyopathy at the age of 45. In the second game of the regular season, nine-year starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who had received a 10-year contract extension in March, was injured on a hit by New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis, causing backup Tom Brady, a sixth-round draft pick in 2000, to enter the game. The Patriots lost the game to fall to 0–2, but Brady started the final 14 games of the season and compiled an 11–3 record as a starter, helping the Patriots clinch the 2nd seed in the AFC playoffs and a first round bye. As a result, the Patriots became only the 2nd team in NFL history to win the Super Bowl after starting the season 2–3, behind the 1980 Oakland Raiders.With the second seed in the AFC playoffs, the Patriots faced the Oakland Raiders at home following a first-round bye in the final game at Foxboro Stadium; in a snowstorm, a Patriots drive late in the fourth quarter was kept alive in an application of the now-famous tuck rule that was used in overturning a Brady fumble into an incomplete pass. Shortly after, a 45-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal through the snow, considered one of the most clutch field goals in NFL history, sent the game into overtime, when another Vinatieri field goal won it. After defeating the top-seeded Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game, the Patriots faced the heavily favored St. Louis Rams, known as "The Greatest Show on Turf", in Super Bowl XXXVI. Once again, Vinatieri kicked a game-winning field goal; the 48-yard kick sailed through the uprights as time expired, and gave the Patriots their first ever Super Bowl victory in what has been considered by many to be a "cinderella" season. As it would turn out the 2001 season served as a launching pad for the team. In the next 18 seasons, they would win their division 15 times, win the AFC Championship 8 more times, win 5 additional Super Bowl titles, and achieve an undefeated regular season (followed by a 2–1 playoff record) in 2007.

History of the New England Patriots

The history of the New England Patriots began when Boston business executive William "Billy" Sullivan and Sullivan Brother Printers, owned by Joseph Sullivan, were awarded the eighth and final franchise of the developing American Football League (AFL) on November 16, 1959. The following winter, locals submitted thousands of ideas for the Boston football team's official name. On February 20, 1960, Sullivan chose "Boston Patriots", with "Patriots" referring to those colonists of the Thirteen Colonies who rebelled against British control during the American Revolution and in July 1776 declared the United States of America an independent nation. "Patriots" as a nickname had been suggested by 74 fans, among them Larry Kepnes. Immediately thereafter, artist Phil Bissell developed the "Pat Patriot" logo.The Patriots' time in the AFL saw them without a regular home stadium. Nickerson Field, Harvard Stadium, Fenway Park, and Alumni Stadium, all in or near Boston, served as home fields during their time in the American Football League. Early Patriots stars included defensive tackles Jim Lee "Earthquake" Hunt and Houston Antwine; quarterback Vito "Babe" Parilli; and flanker-placekicker Gino "The Duke" Cappelletti. Hunt, Parilli and Cappelletti played every year of the existence of the AFL, with Hunt and Cappelletti spending all ten years with the Patriots. Cappelletti was the all-time leading scorer in the AFL. Later the Patriots were joined by such stars as defensive end Larry Eisenhauer, fullback Jim Nance, and middle linebacker and future Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti. Cappelletti and Nance were AFL Most Valuable Players, Cappelletti in 1964 and Nance in 1966. Buoniconti and Antwine were later named to the American Football League All-Time Team.

The Boston Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills in an AFL Eastern Division playoff game in 1963, and played in the 1963 AFL championship game, losing to the San Diego Chargers 51–10. Although they would not appear again in an AFL or NFL post-season game for another 13 years, in the AFL, the Patriots often challenged the dominant Bills for the Eastern Division title.When the NFL and AFL merged in 1970, the Patriots were placed in the AFC East division, where they still play today. The following year, the Patriots moved to a new stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, which would serve as their home for 30 years; the team also changed their name to the New England Patriots to reflect the location change, as well as its following throughout the region as its only NFL team (though both New York City teams have substantial followings in parts of Connecticut as well). During the 1970s, the Patriots had some success, earning a berth to the playoffs in 1976—as a wild card-berth—and in 1978—as AFC East champions. They would lose both games. In 1985, they returned to the playoffs, and made it all the way to Super Bowl XX, which they lost against the Chicago Bears 46–10. Following their Super Bowl loss, they returned to the playoffs in 1986, but lost in the first round. The team would not make the playoffs again for eight more years. They changed ownership several times in that period, being purchased from the Sullivan family first by Victor Kiam in 1988, who sold the team to James Orthwein in 1992. Orthwein intended to move the team to his native St. Louis, Missouri, but sold the team two years later to current owner, local businessman Robert Kraft in 1994.Though Orthwein's period as owner was short and controversial, he did oversee major changes to the team. Former New York Giants coach Bill Parcells was hired in 1993, and the drastic changes were made the same year to the Patriots uniforms, changing their primary colors from their traditional red and white to blue and silver, and introducing a new logo. Parcells would bring the Patriots to two playoff appearances, including Super Bowl XXXI, which they lost to the Green Bay Packers by a score of 35–21. Pete Carroll, Parcells' successor, would also take the team to the playoffs twice.Bill Belichick, current head coach, was hired in 2000, and a new home field, Gillette Stadium was opened in 2002. Under Belichick, the team has won six Super Bowls, including three in four years (2001-2004), and ten years later winning three more in five years (2014-2018). They also finished the 2007 regular season with a perfect 16–0 record, becoming only the fourth team in league history to go undefeated, and the only one since the league expanded its regular season schedule to 16 games; however, they ended that season with an 18-1 record after their loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. They also played in and lost Super Bowl XLVI and Super Bowl LII. The Patriots have made the playoffs in 16 of the 19 seasons that Belichick has been coach, missing them only in 2000 (his first season, and the only season with a losing record), 2002, and 2008.

NFL Top 10

NFL Top 10 is a documentary program produced by NFL Films for airing on the NFL Network. The host and narrator is Derrin Horton.

The program counts down 10 items directly related to the players, coaches, and events of the National Football League. Throughout segments on each selection, a wide variety of personalities weigh in on the list. They include former and current NFL players, coaches, national and local sports analysts, and journalists, among others. In addition, multiple celebrity guests have appeared on the show, such as David Copperfield, Richard Simmons, and the Sklar Brothers. Reruns show on weekdays, while new episodes air on Friday nights. It also fills time in markets on an alternate feed where game coverage (usually in the pre-season) is blacked out in deference to a local broadcast station's coverage of that game.

Panthers–Seahawks rivalry

The Panthers-Seahawks rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) series between the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks. Both franchises have combined for 5 Super Bowl appearances, 23 playoff appearances, and 16 division championships (10 for Seattle and 6 for Carolina). Seattle leads the series 9–4, while matches between quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Cam Newton have drawn comparisons to the Tom Brady–Peyton Manning rivalry.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick era

The Tom Brady and Bill Belichick era, as commonly referred to by sports writers and fans, is the sports dynasty formed by quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick, who have led the New England Patriots in the National Football League (NFL) since 2000. The dynasty has also been referred to as the Patriots Dynasty.Brady and Belichick have been considered to be the greatest in their respective positions in league history, and are considered responsible for one of the sport's longest and most dominant dynasties. Whereas the Patriots had only appeared in (and lost) two Super Bowls prior to the Brady-Belichick era, the Patriots have appeared in nine Super Bowls since (more than any other franchise), of which they have won six (tied for all-time with the Pittsburgh Steelers). The team also appeared in eight straight AFC Championship games between 2011 and 2018, and have recorded the only undefeated 16-game regular season. During the Brady-Belichick era, no team in the league has had a winning record against the Patriots, culminating in 18 consecutive winning seasons from 2001 to 2018, while they boast a .784 win percentage against their division opponents. The Patriots played in 50% of all the Super Bowls played since 2001, and won 33% of them.

In addition to their role in setting the Patriots' franchise records, Belichick holds the records for most Super Bowl appearances and victories as a head coach, and is tied with George Halas and Curly Lambeau for most NFL championships overall. Brady holds the records for most Super Bowl appearances, victories and MVP awards as a player in any position.

Belichick and Brady have also been credited with helping to create and sustain the culture around the team, dubbed the "Patriot Way", where there is an emphasis on personal accountability, consistent improvement, and a focus on team success over personal gain.

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