Brady and the Patriots lead Manning 11–5 in head-to-head meetings, four of which have been for the AFC crown.
SI’s Greg Bedard previews the matchup, writing that the Patriots’ adaptable offense will be the reason New England is able to overcome Denver and advance to its second straight Super Bowl.
Also featured in this issue is a regional cover story on how Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals trumped a Hail Mary to overtake the Green Bay Packers in a wild finish to their NFC divisional playoff game.
The following locations will receive the Brady-Manning cover: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri.
The Fitzgerald cover will be delivered to the following locations: Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, California, Hawaii, Alaska.