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Tom Brady & Peyton Manning: All They Do is Win
Quarterbacks Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos are still at the top of their games. Brady and Manning, whose teams will meet in Week 12 for the 17th time of their storied careers, are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to be at least 100 regular-season games above the .500 mark.
"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."
Last season, Brady guided the Patriots to a division title for the 12th time in his career, the most of any starting quarterback in NFL history, en route to the franchise's fourth Super Bowl title. Manning led the Broncos to his 11th career division title, which ranks second only to Brady in NFL annals among starting QBs.
"I think the one thing that jumps out about Tom is just his consistency," says Manning about Brady. "I feel like he's been a better player each year than he was the year before, and that, to me speaks to his work ethic in the offseason, his refusal to be complacent or satisfied."
Both quarterbacks are also among the all-time leaders in wins and winning percentage. Brady's .773 winning percentage is the highest of any quarterback in the Super Bowl era (minimum 100 starts), and Manning (179) needs eight regular-season wins in 2015 to surpass BRETT FAVRE (186) for the most wins by a starting quarterback in league history.
"Peyton is a great player, a great motivator and a great leader," says Brady about Manning. "He plays at a high level on a week-in, week-out basis."
The NFL 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 Win Percent in Super Bowl Era
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Most Career Wins As Starter
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"Brady and Manning play the game from the head up, they play the game with their arm, and they play the game from the pocket," says NFL Network analyst and former head coach STEVE MARIUCCI. "You're seeing quarterbacking at its best and the way quarterbacking was invented. It is old-school football, and they still excel and lead the way in the NFL in that fashion. It's one of the classic matchups of greats at the quarterback position."
Both players rank among the NFL's all-time leaders in many major statistical passing categories. Last year, Manning surpassed Favre for the most touchdown passes in league history. Brady is now the NFL's all-time playoff leader in wins, completions, touchdown passes and passing yards.
Here's a look at the career regular-season and postseason totals of Brady and Manning and where they rank all-time:
|Tom Brady||Peyton Manning|
|Regular Season||Total||All-Time Rank||Regular Season||Total||All-Time Rank|
|TD Passes||392||5||TD Passes||530||1|
|Passing Yards||53,258||5||Passing Yards||69,691||2|
|AP NFL MVP Awards||2||T-3||AP NFL MVP Awards||5||1|
|POSTSEASON||TOTAL||ALL-TIME RANK||POSTSEASON||TOTAL||ALL-TIME RANK|
|TD Passes||53||1||TD Passes||38||4|
|Passing Yards||7,345||1||Passing Yards||6,800||2|
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