New England Patriots - 12-4
Denver Broncos - 13-3
Patriots vs. Broncos. Brady vs. Manning. Here we have a matchup of two future hall of fame quarterbacks who know each other well. In some ways they are similar, but in most ways they are quite different. Tom Brady seems driven to win any way he can, while Peyton seems driven to win while putting on a spectacle of offensive fire power.
Their teams enter this AFC Championship almost polar opposites. The Broncos have become a high-powered offensive juggernaut, and the Patriots have morphed themselves into a bloody your nose, run it down your throat smash mouth team. The Broncos have won pretty and in style, while the Patriots have won ugly, and with grit. But which way wins?
Manning and Brady have faced off numerous times, with Brady getting the upper hand the majority of the time. And while Manning broke the record for touchdown passes that Tom Brady held at one time, I think Brady would much rather win the game than have the record. While Manning wants to win and have the record too.
But having both is meaningless, because in a team sport winning is all that matters. It doesn’t matter how much you win by, only that you win. And while Peyton Manning’s career has been defined by his prolific passing stats, Tom Brady’s has defined by winning. Which is ultimately what all quarterbacks are defined by. Championships.
I think Manning is starting to understand this more and more as his career winds down. But the thing is, Tom Brady has always understood this. Quarterbacking isn’t about throwing 7 touchdowns in a game, it’s about winning. The one time Brady forgot that he went 18-1. I think he’ll be carrying that chip on his shoulder into this game.
It’s not about touchdown records, it’s about getting it done when the championship is on the line. And Tom Brady has always been better at that than Peyton Manning. So here it is. If you had to pick a quarterback to win one game to get to the Super Bowl which one would it be, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady? My answer is…. Patriots win. 3:00 pm - CBS
Score prediction: 28-27 Patriots
Points spread: Broncos - 5.5
Over/under: 55.5 – Under