For years, it was the glitz and glamour match-up in the NFL, THE rivalry! The game to tune in to!
Tom v Peyton!
Brady v Manning!
But really, is it even a question anymore? It’s time to put this debate to bed because I am, and you should be, tired of this debate. The argument is weak, if you’re pro-Peyton, because after Super Bowl 51, it’s clear who the GOAT is – -and it ain’t 18. That title goes to 12, Tom Brady.
— Triple H (@TripleH) February 6, 2017
Super Bowl 51 should be the nail in the coffin. Could you picture Manning pulling off that kind of comeback? All I can imagine is 4 quarters of the classic Manning sideline face.
Peyton Manning, for a good portion of his career, had a losing record in the playoffs. It took until Super Bowl 50 to finish with a winning record (14 wins, 13 losses). He was with a team that was usually favoured in those match-ups.
Brady, meanwhile, now has 25 wins in the playoffs versus only 9 losses. He has more playoff wins than 28 other NFL franchises.
I’ll give Manning this; he was the greatest regular season quarterback ever (is that considered a backhanded compliment?). His MVP awards give him that honour. His stats are all-time, his numbers are elite…
Brady’s numbers aren’t that far behind plus he’s got 3 to 4 years left. I cannot foresee the rapid decline in 12 that happened in 18. Manning, at the end, was tough to watch as he noodle-armed his way through his final game, with an elite defense there to bail him out.
12 equals 5 (rings) > 18 equals 2 (rings).
That’s math that makes sense.