Brady vs. Manning 17: Why This One Matters

If Fast and the Furious ever gets this many sequels, I quit.

I understand if you’re exhausted from hearing about this. It’s a storyline that’s been shoved down your throat for 2 decades, and both quarterbacks have their detractors. There’s a reason you’ve heard all the narratives for as long as you have though.

The last time neither Peyton Manning nor Tom Brady were in the AFC Championship was in 2011. Before then, it was 2006. Brady and Manning will be facing off for the 17th time this weekend, but it will be the 5th time in the playoffs with both winning 2 games a piece. Manning actually has an edge on Brady, having won 2 of their 3 matchups in the AFC Championship. This time could (and should) be their last, and it will be for a shot at Super Bowl 50.

When you bring up Manning and Brady, you’re talking about two of the best to play their position, the most important position in the most watched sport in the country. One year separates the two in age (Manning 39, Brady 38), and they are both in the Top 6 of career touchdowns, yards and passer rating. Manning ranks 1st, 1st, and 5th, Brady is 3rd, 5th and 6th. Brady’s 4 Super Bowl rings compared to Manning’s 1 are pretty glaring, but it’s still too fitting to see either of these 2 get another chance to play on the biggest stage in sports. Just a year ago, the Super Bowl drew it’s largest audience with 114.4 million people watching.

The numbers for both quarterbacks in their 16 meetings make up that of a solid regular season. Manning has completed 410 of 657 passes (62.4%) for 4,809 yards, 33 TDs and 22 INTs (87.4 QB rating). Brady has completed 367 of 553 passes (66.4%) for 4,013 yards, 31 TDs and 13 INTs (96.5 QB rating). Brady leads the series 11-5, with an 8-2 record against Manning at Foxboro and split 3-3 in Indianapolis/Denver. In the last 10 years though, Manning is 2-0 in the playoffs against Brady. Neither one has won against each other on the road since 2007.

Who has the most to gain with a win this Sunday though, with legacies mostly cemented going? Brady holds the record for most playoff wins (22) and has a 73.3 win percentage while Manning holds the record for the most playoff losses (13). Regardless the result of Sunday’s game, Brady will go down as one of football’s all-time greats as a winner because of his post season hardware. Manning will unfortunately be remembered as the greatest “regular season” quarterback who only came home with the ultimate prize once out of 15 chances, with a younger brother holding a second ring over his head…unless he wins Sunday and February 7th.

It’s amazing Manning has reached this point following his worst statistical regular season of his career and having to sit out due to injury. He’s had transform his game from being the dominant quarterback to “game manager”, and it worked great against the Steelers. With a Super Bowl quality defense, all Manning has to do now is hand the ball off, make the right checks evaluating the coverage, not turn the ball over, and make a play when it’s needed.

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There are only 11 quarterbacks with multiple Super Bowl rings:

Eli Manning – 2

Ben Roethlisberger – 2

John Elway – 2

Jim Plunkett – 2

Roger Staubach – 2

Bob Greise – 2

Bart Starr – 2

Troy Aikman – 3

Terry Bradshaw – 4

Joe Montana – 4

If Brady wins one more, he joins club of his own with 5. If Manning wins one more, he joins the club and fans will remember that more than the 13 playoff losses. Ask Elway, who lost 8 times before winning his 2 rings back-to-back to end his career. Can Manning have his Elway moment?

I tried to think about where this rivalry stacks up in sports. It’s not quite Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird. Two all-time greats, yes, but there were 8 championships won between the two (Magic 5, Bird 3) and they had to do it against each other in the Finals. Ali/Frazier was a whole different level of competition, and disrespect for each other. Bill Russell vs. Wilt Chamberlain though…

Russell is the greatest winner in basketball history with 11 championships and Chamberlain was statistically one of the best to ever play his position while winning his second ring late in his career. A big difference is that Russell and Chamberlain had to actually man-up on each other, but the legacy comparisons between them and Brady/Manning are certainly there.

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#TBT Year In Review: 1987

A new tradition on MichaelPiff.com…

We’ll be reviewing a different year each week #TBT…or Throwback Thursday…and we’ll do so by looking over what happened in the worlds of Movies, Music, and Sports!

For fun, we’ll start with 1987…my birth year.

Take a look and feel free to add on in case something was overlooked.

Movies

Action

RoboCop, The Untouchables, Lethal Weapon. Running Man, Beverly Hills Cop II, Over The Top, Adventures in Babysitting, The Living Daylights (James Bond) and…

Predator

Comedy  

Good Morning, Vietnam, Spaceballs, Plains, Trains and Automobiles, Dragnet, Overboard, Three Men and A Baby, Roxanne, Summer School, The Secret of My Success, and…

The Princess Bride

Horror 

Hellraiser, The Lost Boys, The Witches of Eastwick, Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Jaws: The Revenge, and…

Evil Dead II

Also…

Wall Street, Raising Arizona, Moonstruck, Dirty Dancing, Full Metal Jacket, Fatal Attraction, La Bamba, The Last Emperor

The 60th Oscars Nominees/Winners

 Best Picture

            Broadcast News

            Fatal Attraction

            Hope and Glory

            Moonstruck

            The Last Emperor – Winner

             

Best Actor

            William Hurt, Broadcast News

            Jack Nicholson, Ironweed

            Marcello Mastroianni, Dark Eyes

            Robin Williams, Good Morning, Vietnam

            Michael Douglas, Fatal Attraction – Winner

  Best Actress

            Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction

            Holly Hunter, Broadcast News

            Sally Kirkland, Anna

            Meryl Streep, Ironweed

            Cher, Moonstruck – Winner

 

          

 

Best Supporting Actor

            Albert Brooks, Broadcast News

            Vincent Gardenia, Moonstruck

            Morgan Freeman, Street Smart

            Denzel Washington, Cry Freedom

Sean Connery, The Untouchables – Winner

 

Best Supporting Actress

            Norma Aleandro, Gaby: A True Story

            Anne Archer, Fatal Attraction

            Anne Ramsey, Throw Momma From The Train

            Ann Southern, The Whales of August

Olympia Dukakis, Moonstruck – Winner

Music

Rock Albums         

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Pop Albums

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Billboard Year-End Top 20 

  1. “Walk Like An Egyptian” – The Bengals
  2. “Alone” – Heart
  3. “Shake You Down” – Gregory Abbot
  4. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” – Whitney Houston
  5. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” – Starship
  6. “C’est La Vie” – Robbie Nevil
  7. “Here I Go Again” – Whitesnake
  8. “The Way It Is” – Bruce Hornsby and the Range
  9. “Shake Down” – Bob Seger
  10. “Livin’ on a Prayer” – Bon Jovi
  11. “La Bamba” – Los Lobos
  12. “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” – Wang Chung
  13. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” – Crowded House
  14. “Always” – Atlantic Starr
  15. “With or Without You” – U2
  16. “Looking for a New Love” – Jody Watley
  17. “Head To Toe” – Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
  18. “I Think We’re Alone Now” – Tiffany
  19. “Mony Mony” – Billy Idol
  20. “At This Moment” – Billy Vera And the Beaters

Sports

Baseball

Offensive Leaders:

Average: Tony Gwynn (SD)  –  .370

Hits: Tony Gwynn (SD) – 218

Home Runs: Mark McGwire (OAK) & Andre Dawson (CHC) – 49

RBIs: Andre Dawson (CHC) – 137

On-base Plus Slugging Percentage: Jack Clark (STL) – 1.055

Stolen Bases: Vince Coleman (STL) – 109

Pitching:

Wins: Roger Clemons (BOS) & Dave Stewart (OAK) – 20

ERA: Jimmy Key (TOR) – 2.76

Strikeouts: Nolan Ryan (HOU) – 270

Complete Games: Roger Clemens (BOS) – 18

Shutouts: Roger Clemens (BOS) – 7

MVP:

AL: George Bell (TOR)

NL: Andre Dawson (CHC)

CY Young:

AL: Roger Clemens (BOS)

NL: Steve Bedrosian (PHI)

Rookie of the Year:

AL: Mark McGwire (OAK)

NL: Benito Santiago (SD)

World Series: Minnesota Twins over St. Louis Cardinals (4-3)

Basketball

NCAA:

Final Four:

(1) Indiana, (2) Syracuse, (1) UNLV, and (6)Providence

National Championship:

(1) Indiana over (2) Syracuse 74-73

NBA

League Leaders:

Points Per Game: Michael Jordan – 37.1

Rebounds Per Game: Charles Barkley – 14.6 

Assists Per Game: Magic Johnson – 12.2

All-NBA Team:

Larry Bird (BOS)

Magic Johnson (LAL)

Michael Jordan (CHI)

Kevin McHale (BOS)

Hakeem Olajuwon (HOU)

MVP: Magic Johnson (LAL)

Rookie of the Year: Chuck Person (IND)

NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers over Boston Celtics (4-2)

Football

NCAA

Heisman Trophy Winner:

Tim Brown, Notre Dame 

National Championship:

University of Miami over Oklahoma – 20-14 in the Orange Bowl 

Jimmy The U

NFL

League Leaders:

Passing Yards: Neil Lomax (STL) – 3,387

Passing Touchdowns: Joe Montana (SF) – 31

Passer Rating: Joe Montana (SF) – 102.1

Rushing Yards: Charles White (LA) – 1,374

Rushing TDs: Johnny Hector (NYJ) & Charles White (LA) – 11

Receptions: J.T. Smith (STL) – 91

Receiving Yards: J.T. Smith (STL) – 1,117

TD Receptions: Jerry Rice (SF) – 22

MVP – John Elway (DEN)

Super Bowl XXII – Washington over Denver 42-10

Super Bowl MVP – QB Doug Williams

Hockey

NHL League Leaders:

Goals: Wayne Gretzky (62)

Assists: Wayne Gretzky (121)

Points: Wayne Gretzky (183)

Hart Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky

Stanley Cup:

Wayne Gretzky aka Edmonton over Philadelphia (4-3)

Gretzky Cup

Did I miss anything? Let me know on Twitter @Mike_PiFF03.