NFl 2013 Week 12: Manning vs Brady

Four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos face the New England Patriots led by two-time NFL MVP Tom Brady on Sunday Night Football in Week 12.

This marks the 14th meeting (including postseason) between the two All-Star quarterbacks. Brady owns a 9-4 career record against Manning.

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"Manning versus Brady is as big as ever," says NBC play-by-play announcer Al Michaels.

Brady, who is in his 14th NFL season and Manning, who is a 16-year NFL veteran, rank among NFL elite at the quarterback position and continue to climb league record books.

Manning ranks second in NFL history with 163 wins, while Brady's 143 wins are the fifth-most in league annals among starting quarterbacks. Only BRETT FAVRE (186) has more wins than Manning, while Brady is gaining on Hall of Famers JOHN ELWAY (148) and DAN MARINO (147).

"What's remarkable is that these two guys have been able to keep their teams on top, almost no matter what," says NBC Sports analyst CRIS COLLINSWORTH. "All they do is keep on winning. That's how great they are."

This marks only the second time in NFL history that two starting quarterbacks with 140+ career regular-season wins each meet in a game. The previous matchup featured Elway (147) of the Denver Broncos and Marino (141) of the Miami Dolphins on December 21, 1998.

"If you look at their careers and what they've done over time; the Super Bowls they've played in and won, their consistency each and every week -- that is what separates them from the rest," says CBS Sports' NFL TODAY analyst Marino. "They always give their team a chance to win when they're on the field."

The quarterbacks with the best regular-season record in the Super Bowl era (minimum 100 starts) and the most regular-season wins as a starter in NFL history:

Best Winning Percentage in Super Bowl Era

Player Record Win Pct.
Source: NFL *Active
Tom Brady*143-42-0.773
Roger Staubach85-29-0.746
Joe Montana117-47-0.713
Peyton Manning*163-71-0.697
Terry Bradshaw107-51-0.677


Most Career Wins as a Starter

Player Record Win Pct.
Source: NFL *Active
Brett Favre186-112-0.624
Peyton Manning*163-71-0.697
John Elway148-82-1.643
Dan Marino147-93-0.613
Tom Brady*143-42-0.773


Manning and Brady also rank second and fifth respectively for the most touchdown passes in NFL history.

Most Career TD Passes

Quarterback Career TD Passes
Source: NFL *Active
Brett Favre508
Peyton Manning*470
Dan Marino420
Drew Brees*350
Tom Brady*348


Two-time NFL MVP and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner provides the keys to success this season for Tom Brady and Peyton Manning:

Tom Brady

"Tom is one of those few quarterbacks that we say makes everyone around him better. He continues to lead, he continues to make plays and continues to find ways to win football games. It's been the most impressive season up to this point of him being able to will his team to win."

Peyton Manning

"The biggest thing for Peyton is he's comfortable in a system. It's his second year in the system, they really developed it around the players that they have, and then you add another guy like Wes Welker to the mix. They have playmakers. Julius Thomas has come on the scene. We already knew how great Peyton was, now you add all of these weapons at his disposal. That just takes him to another level and that's why we're seeing such a great start by Peyton."


Brady vs Manning

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have had many epic games against each other over the course of their careers.

This week's game will be the second Brady - Manning game since Peyton Manning's departure from the Indianapolis Colts. Despite playing in separate divisions following the 2002 NFL division reformatting, the Patriots and the Colts played each other an astounding 15 times since 2001 overall.

With the exception of the 2011 regular season matchup—a game which Peyton Manning missed due to a neck injury—and the 2008 regular season game that Tom Brady missed following an ACL tear, Brady and Manning have started at quarterback for their respective teams in every game dating back to Sept. 30, 2001. Sunday's game between the Patriots and the Broncos will mark the 14th time that Brady and Manning have started opposite one another.

Although Manning holds a regular season advantage over Brady in touchdowns, yards and completions, the Patriots have won seven of the 10 regular season games in which the two quarterbacks have faced each other.

Brady and Manning have also faced each other three times in the postseason. The Patriots are 2-1 in those three playoff games with Brady posting a better passer rating (81.7) than Manning (61.0).

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