Tom Brady Reacts to the Peyton Manning Signing, What's the State of the Rivalry?

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Tom Brady Reacts to the Peyton Manning Signing, What's the State of the Rivalry?

With the recent barrage of free-agent signings and discussions that said signings understandably spur, and with the ever looming 2012 draft season approaching, I figured I would pass along a few non-football related side notes in between.

Tom Brady took to Facebook on Tuesday to share his thoughts on the recent Peyton Manning circus, but had nothing but nice things to say. 

"I have a lot of respect for Peyton Manning as a person and as a player. He is a great role model and always puts the team first. And he is a great leader and representative for the NFL. Like always, it will be fun to compete against him this year when the New England Patriots play the Denver Broncos."

That last tidbit being the key.

When Manning was all but officially released from the Indianapolis Colts, many in New England wondered what would become of the infamous Brady-Manning rivalry that has gripped the AFC for much of the last decade.

Year

Brady

Manning

Winner

2001

79.6

48.2

Patriots

2001

148.3

106.9

Patriots

2003

87.3

95.7

Patriots

2003 playoffs

76.1

35.5

Patriots

2004

111.2

93.5

Patriots

2004 playoffs

92.2

69.3

Patriots

2005

121.4

117.1

Colts

2006

34.0

93.1

Colts

2006 playoffs

79.5

79.1

Colts

2007

95.2

83.1

Patriots

2009

110.7

97.4

Colts

2010

123.1

96.3

Patriots

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Credit to ESPN.com for the head-to-head stats. 

The Colts and Patriots, and more specifically, the Brady and Manning game, was annually one of the best played, and highest rated games of the year. But now, with the gutting of the Colts roster and Manning in Denver, it just doesn't feel the same.

The rivalry between New England and Indianapolis is all but over as we once knew it. But we've still got Manning and Brady and the two will suit up for their 13th meeting in twelve seasons in 2012. 

The NFL officially releases the the week-to-week schedules in mid-April, here's to hoping for a midseason meeting with some playoff implications. 

 

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