Peyton Manning vs Tom Brady

Last Modified May 31, 2024 08:59 GMT

As Pablo Escobar once said, “There can only be one king,” there can also be only one legendary quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). The only names that come to mind when one hears “legendary quarterback” are Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.


Peyton Manning completed 18 seasons, 14 with the Indianapolis Colts and 4 with the Denver Broncos, before retiring from the sport in 2016. He was the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft and went on to become one of the best quarterbacks in the League. He is known not only for his physical skills as an athlete but also for his high intellect and offensive strategies that have aided in his victories against all rivals.


Speaking of rivals, Tom Brady is the 199th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He has played 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, and two with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Although Brady entered the sport 2 years after Manning, he has managed to give tough competition to Manning for the title of the greatest quarterback of all time. Brady continued to add to his buffed-up stats after Manning’s retirement and returned for a final season with the Buccaneers after initially announcing retirement after the 2021 season.


Peyton Manning vs Tom Brady
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning


Peyton Manning vs Tom Brady Career Stats

Both Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have a spectacular record in their career stats, however, Brady takes the lead in regular season attempted passes, pass completions, passing yards, and touchdowns. But this may be due to Brady having played more games despite entering the sport much later as compared to Manning. Peyton with his 5 NFL MVPs also has a say in this debate.


Peyton ManningTom BradyPeyton ManningTom Brady
Regular Season Playoffs
Games (G)2663332748
Attempted Passes (ATT)9,38012,0501,0271,921
Pass Completions (COMP)6,1257,7536491,200
Completion Percentage (PCT)65.364.363.262.5
Passing Yards (YDS)71,94089,2147,33913,400
Average Yards per Attempt (AVG)7.77.47.17.0
Yards per Game (YDS/G)270.5266.3 271.8279.2
Touchdowns (TD)5396494088
Interceptions Thrown (INT)2512122540
Longest Pass Play (LNG)86998773
Sacks (SK)3035654081
Passer Rating (RATE)96.597.287.489.8
Rushing Yards (RSH YDS)6671,12334133
Rushing Attempts (RSH ATT)43169332114
Rushing Touchdowns (RSH TD)182837
Super Bowl Wins--27
Super Bowl MVPs--15
NFL MVPs53--


Manning vs Brady Super Bowls

While Manning has won two Super Bowls out of the four that he appeared in - one each with the Colts and Broncos, and was the first player to win a Super Bowl with more than one franchise - Tom Brady’s record of seven Super Bowl wins is not one that can be broken easily. Brady made history as the only player with the highest number of Super Bowl wins.


Peyton ManningTom Brady
Super Bowl Appearances4 (2007, 2010, 2014, 2016)10 (2002, 2004-2005, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2017-2019, 2021)
Super Bowl Wins2 (XLI, 50)7 (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, LIII, LV)
Super Bowl MVPs1 (XLI)5 (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, LI, LV)


Peyton Manning vs Tom Brady AFC Championships

Tom Brady is the only quarterback to be the starting quarterback for a record 9 AFC championships, while Peyton Manning has only started 4 AFC championships, 2 for each of the two franchises he played for.


Peyton ManningTom Brady
AFC Championships Started5 ( 2003,2006,2009, 2013, 2015)10 (2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
AFC Championships Won49


Manning vs. Brady head-to-head

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have played against each other, head-to-head, 17 times. With 7 Super Bowl wins out of 10 appearances, Brady leads the head-to-head 11-6 against Manning who has won 2 out of the 4 Super Bowls he appeared in.


The two rival quarterbacks played against each other every season of their careers, except in 2008, 2011, and 2015, due to injuries. Brady consistently led the New England Patriots 8-4 against the Indianapolis Colts, and then 3-2 against the Denver Broncos. Manning won three of the four AFC championships against Brady during the Playoffs where they played against each other 5 times.


Manning vs Brady: Who is the better NFL player?

A simple statistical analysis would reveal that Tom Brady has been consistently outperforming his rival, Peyton Manning in every aspect.


Even after Peyton’s retirement in 2016, their rivalry has continued off-field, and into a golf match to raise funds for Covid-19 pandemic relief.



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FAQs

A. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady played 17 times against one another with Brady winning 11 times to Manning's 6.

A. Peyton Manning played in 4 Super Bowls while Tom Brady played in 10. However, since both players were in the AFC during their time together, they never faced reached other in the Super Bowl.

A. Peyton Manning played 18 seasons in the NFL while Tom Brady played for 23 seasons.

A. Peyton Manning has a total of 71,940 passing yards while Tom Brady has 89,214.

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