A breakdown of the Patriots and Broncos game last week shows that maybe as a team the Patriots won, but in the battle of Brady vs. manning Peyton is still king. Surly everyone is aware that Peyton is on the losing side of games against the Patriots over time. Going into last Sunday’s game Peyton won 4 while Brady won 8 regular season games. A look into the sheer quarterbacking numbers may show a different view however. For example this past Sunday was surely a W for Peyton in sheer numbers passing the ball while Brady got significant help from the ground game to get a victory.
In the end, the Broncos lost 31-21, but Peyton outplayed Brady by quite a ways. Peyton was 31 of 44 in the contest with 345 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was not intercepted in the game, but suffered as his team rushed for just 70 yards between 4 different rushers. Manning also suffered from a huge fumble by wide receiver Danarius Thomas down inside the ten yard line after a huge gain through the air.
In comparison, Tom Brady was certainly good but did not need to carry his team on his back. He completed 23 of his 31 passes and had 233 yards and a touchdown. The win came, primarily, by way of his teams 250 plus rushing yards that included over 150 from Steven Ridley. Two other backs had nearly 50 yards themselves as well as New England was able to run up and down the field on the Broncos. Historically I think one would see that from a sheer numbers game Manning wins the Peyton V Brady battle, but in the NFL all that matters is the Ws.