By Preston Hart – Talon Sports Writer
Broncos and Patriots! This is a very big game for Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. They have a lot of history together, having played against each other fourteen times since 2001 and will face each other for the fourth time in the AFC playoffs.
The stage is set! The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos will face off in the AFC Championship, as familiar enemies, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning battle for another chance to get another Super Bowl ring.
Brady and the Patriots have been victorious in 10 of his 14 matchups against Manning, counting the 34-31 overtime victory in Week 12 of this season. Brady has thrown 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions against Manning’s teams, while Manning has thrown 27 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.
In 2003, the Colts played the Patriots in the AFC Championship, and Manning had a horrible game. He threw four interceptions, three of which went toTy Law, and the Patriots cruised to a comfortable 24-10 victory. Manning was sacked four times in that game, and Brady threw for 237 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
But, Manning and the Colts did get revenge on Brady and the Patriots three years later. Manning managed to throw for 349 yards and a touchdown in a 38-34 victory in the 2006 playoffs. It an 18-point comeback, which is tied for the fifth-largest come-from-behind victory in postseason history. Both of those AFC Championship wins led to Super Bowl titles. This is different from all of those times back when Manning was with the Colts. He is with the Denver Broncos and Wes Welker now, a lethal combination for opponents. This time he looks a lot better coming back from an injury. This year Manning led the Broncos to a 13-3 season, Tom Brady has led the Patriots to a 12-4 season.
My prediction for this game is going to have to be the Broncos winning by a touchdown or two, or even a field goal. I will be very surprised if the Broncos lose this game.