This weekend’s AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Broncos is the 17th meeting between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. In the previous 16 games—an entire NFL regular season’s worth of Brady vs. Manning—these two future Hall of Famers have thrown the ball to an abundance of different receivers, from perennial Pro Bowlers to statistical footnotes. SI.com compiled the stats and put together the ultimate Brady–Manning box score: the combined numbers from all 16 contests started by Brady and Manning.
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• The combined score of the rivalry is 479–392, in favor of Brady’s teams. By quarter:
• Two receivers—Wes Welker and Austin Collie—played on both sides of the Manning–Brady matchup in their careers.
• Three receivers played with Manning on both the Colts and the Broncos: Dallas Clark, Jacob Tamme and Brandon Stokley.
• Of their 16 meetings, Brady has won 11 and Manning has won five.
• Brady has won four Super Bowls, while Manning has won one. Brady has appeared in six Super Bowls, while Manning has appeared in three.
• This will be their fourth matchup in the AFC Championship Game and fifth in the playoffs. In conference title games, Manning leads Brady 2–1, but in the playoffs, the series is tied 2–2. In the postseason, the winner of the game has ultimately won the Super Bowl three out of four times.
• Brady and Manning are not the only two players to throw passes in Brady–Manning matchups. Mark Rypien went 5–of–9 for 57 yards in relief of Manning in a blowout Colts loss in the quarterbacks’ first meeting, and Doug Flutie (3–of–7, 20 yards) replaced Brady at the end of a 40–21 Patriots loss in 2005. David Patten threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Troy Brown in the second Brady–Manning meeting.