Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning: Who Won Week 5's Epic QB Duel?

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystOctober 8, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 07:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots and Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos greet each other at midfield following the game on October 7, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Week 5 in the National Football League featured a trip down memory lane, as two of the best quarterbacks of the past quarter-century met yet again on the gridiron.

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos dueled on the football field for the 13th time in their illustrious careers, with each passer looking to get something of a monkey off their backs where their rivalry is concerned.

For Brady, it was a matter of beating Manning's new team, as the Denver Broncos are the only team in the AFC against which the 35-year-old has a losing record.

For Manning, the game was a more personal affair, as their rivalry has belonged to Brady, with the latter signal-caller winning two-thirds of their first dozen meetings.

From first glance at the stat sheet one would think that Manning got his revenge.

The 36-year-old played very well against the Patriots, completing just over 70 percent of his passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, much better than Brady's 223 passing yards and single scoring strike.

However, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning weren't the only players on the field, and Brady's compatriots did a lot more to help him than Manning's, resulting in a 31-21 victory for the Patriots.

New England set a franchise record for first downs in the game and rushed for 251 yards, putting forth a true team effort that its quarterback lauded, according to The Boston Herald.

“It’s Patriots-Broncos,” Brady said. “It was a great team win. We got some turnovers from our defense, and I thought, offensively, (we) capitalized at times. There were a few lulls in there, which I wish we had executed a little bit better, but for the most part, it’s a good day. It’s a good win against a very good team. The Broncos have a hell of a team in all three phases, and I thought we really stood up to them, so it’s a good win for us.”

So, Peyton Manning may have won the battle on the stat sheet but he lost the war on the scoreboard, and at the end of the day in the National Football League that's all that matters.

Brady 9, Manning 4.