Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have squared off against each other 14 times in their careers.
At the beginning, Brady seemed to always get the better of Peyton winning the first five meetings. Since then, it’s essentially been dead even with Peyton winning 4 of the 9 games, and Brady winning 5 which includes a current 3-game winning streak in the series. As we prepare for Brady v. Manning XV on Sunday, let’s take a look back and rank the best Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning match-ups of all-time:
14. September 30, 2001 – The First Meeting
The first meeting just happened to be the worst meeting. This game was Tom Brady’s first career start and it’s ironic it came against Peyton Manning. No one had any idea at the time they were witnessing the beginning of arguably the greatest rivalry in NFL history. Neither Brady nor Manning played particularly well and the game was a complete blow-out. Brady’s Pats walked out of the RCA Dome 44-13 winners.
Brady: 13-23 (56.5%), 168 yards
Manning: 20-34 (58.8%), 196 yards TD, 3 INTs
13. October 21, 2001 – Brady Spanks Peyton Again
Brady v Manning II occurred just 3 weeks later because at the time, both the Colts and Patriots were members of the AFC East. Meeting II was another Pats blowout. Brady led New England to a 28-6 half-time lead, and the 2nd half was a complete wash. The Patriots won again 38-17.
Brady: 16-20 (80.0%), 202 yards, 3 TDs, O INTs
Manning: 22-34 (64.4%), 335 yards, 1 TD, O INTs
12. October 7, 2012 – Peyton’s first game against Brady as a Bronco
For 10 years, it was always Peyton’s Colts against Brady’s Pats. After Indy released Peyton following the 2011 season, the rivalry shifted to Denver. In the first Peyton as a Bronco match-up against Brady, the Pats controlled Manning for most of the game as New England jumped out to a 31-7 3rd quarter lead. Manning made a late run throwing 2 touchdowns to cut the deficit to 10, but it wasn’t enough as the Patriots won 31-21.
Brady: 23-31 (74.2%), 223 yards, 1 TD, O INTs
Manning: 31-44 (70.5%), 337 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs
11. November 7, 2005 – Manning Beats Brady For First Time 40-21
Foxborough and Tom Brady had owned Peyton Manning in his career up to this point. He was 0-7 in New England, and Brady was 5-0 against him. No more said Peyton who scored on every single one of his drives until there were 2 minutes left in the game and the result was clear.
Brady: 22-33 (66.7%), 265 yards, 3 TDs
Manning: 28-37 (75.7%), 321 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
10. January 16, 2005 – AFC Championship Game
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning squared off for the 2nd year in a row in the AFC Championship game, but this time the game did not live up to the hype. The Colts turned the ball over 3 times, and Brady played a safe game relying on the run game with Cory Dillon who ran for 144 yards in a Pats 20-3 drubbing.
Brady: 18-27 (66.7%), 144 yards, 1 TD
Manning: 27-42 (64.3%), 238 yards 0 TDs 1 INT
9. November 5, 2006 – Brady awful as Colts get the W
Tom Brady played his worst game against Tom Brady on November 5, 2006. Brady threw 4 interceptions, finishing with an abysmal 34.0 QBR as the Colts avenged the past season’s AFC Championship loss to beat the Pats on the road 27-20.
Brady: 20-35 (57.1%), 201 yards, 0 TDs 4 INTs
Manning: 20-36 (55.6%), 326 yards, 2 TDs 1 INT
8. January 18, 2004 – Divisional Round
This game was the first time Peyton Manning and Tom Brady would face each other in the playoffs. Manning struggled mightily and was picked off 4 times, including 3 times by Ty Law. Brady got the better of Peyton in this one as the Pats won 24-14 to advance to the Super Bowl.
Brady: 22-37 (59.5%), 237 yards, 1 TD 1 INT
Manning: 23-47 (48.9%), 237 yards, 1 TD 4 INTs
7. November 24, 2013 – OT Fumble Sets up Pats Win
This would have been higher on the list if it weren’t for a fluke Broncos fumble on a punt in over-time that set up a Patriots win. Peyton’s Broncos got off to a 24-0 half-time lead and it looked like Denver would blow the Pats out. Tom Brady would have none of it and New England scored 31 straight unanswered 2nd half points to take the lead. Peyton tied the game with 3 minutes to go to send the game to overtime. Unfortunately, the game wasn’t decided by the play of Peyton or Brady, but by a special teams fumble.
Brady: 34-50 (68%), 344 yards, 3 TDs 0 INTs
Manning: 19-36 (52.8%), 150 yards, 2 TDs 1 INT
6. November 4, 2007 – Pats run at Perfection Continues
As the Patriots were making a run at 16-0, the Colts built a 20-10 4th quarter lead. Tom responded a touchdown pass to Wes Welker to cut the Colts lead to 3. On the ensuing Indy drive, Peyton was sacked by Jarvis Green who knocked the ball loose. Roosevelt Colvin recovered and New England ran out the clock to remain unbeaten.
Brady: 21-32 (65.6%), 255 yards, 3 TDs 2 INTs
Manning: 16-27 (59.3%), 225 yards, 1 TD 1 INT
5. November 21, 2010 – Manning’s 17-point 4th quarter come-back attempt falls just short
Peyton Manning trimmed a 17-point 4th quarter deficit to 3 points with under 60 seconds to play. On a 3rd down and 6 from the New England 24-yard line, Manning went for it all when he could have been safe and kicked a game-tying field goal. Instead, Peyton was picked by James Sanders to seal another Patriots victory 31-28
Brady: 19-25 (76.0%), 186 yards, 2 TDs 0 INTs
Manning: 38-52 (73.1%), 396 yards, 4 TDs 3 INTs
4. September 9, 2004 – Vanderjagt finally misses
Forty-two straight field goals made without a miss, Mike Vanderjagt was as automatic as any kicker in NFL history. Peyton was on the move again looking like he was going to drive the Colts down for the win. A 13-yard sack by Willie McGinist forced the Colts to settle for a 48-yard field goal for Vanderjagt who’s kick went wide right and missed for the first time in 42 tries to give the win to Brady.
Brady: 26-38 (68.4%), 335 yards, 3 TDs 1 INT
Manning: 16-29 (55.2%), 256 yards, 2 TDs 1 INT
3. November 30, 2003 – Patriots Goal-Line stand preserves win
The Colts had the ball inside the Patriots one-yard line and 4 chances to win the game. They couldn’t get it done after Willie McGinest snubbed out Edgerrin James to give the win to the Patriots 38-34. New England led by as many as 21-points in the 2nd half, and Peyton’s miracle comeback attempt fell that short.
Brady: 26-35 (74.3%), 236 yards, 2 TDs 2 INTs
Manning: 29-48 (60.4%), 278 yards, 4 TDs 1 INT
2. November 15, 2009 – What was Bill Thinking???
The Patriots led 31-14 entering the 4th quarter, but Peyton brought the Colts to within 6 with 2:23 to go. Then with 2 minutes and 8 seconds to go, on a 4th and 2 from the Patriots 28-yard line, Bill Belichick decided to go for it. Kevin Faulk made the catch, but was was ruled short of the first down marker giving the ball back to Peyton needing to drive 28-yards to win the game. He did and the Colts miraculously won the game 35-34.
Brady: 29-42 (69.1%), 375 yards, 3 TDs 1 INT
Manning: 28-44 (63.6%), 327 yards, 4 TDs 2 INTs
1. January 21, 2007 – AFC Championship Game
I can still hear the call like it was yesterday: INTERCEPTED, MARLIN JACKSON, MARLIN’S GOT IT, WE’RE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!”
For the 3rd time in 4-years, it would be Tom Brady’s Pats against Peyton Manning’s Colts facing each other in the AFC Championship game. This time though, the game would be played in Peyton’s back-yard. The Pats would still get out to a 21-3 lead, and it appeared it would be another Tom Brady triumph. Peyton would battle back to tie the game at 21, then Brady hit Jabar Gaffney to give New England the lead again. The Pats led 34-31 with 2:17 remanining, and Peyton led Indy on a 7-play 80-yard drive capped off by a Joseph Addai 3-yard touchdown run to give the Colts a 38-34 lead. Brady was picked by Marlin Jackson on the next drive to send Peyton to the Super Bowl for the first time.
Brady: 21-34 (61.8%), 232 yards, 1 TD 1 INT
Manning: 27-47 (57.5%), 349 yards, 1 TD 1 INT