17th Matchup Between Manning and Brady Should Actually Be a Defensive Battle

January 19, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It's already happening. Manning, Brady. Brady, Manning. Strictly guided by the headlines that have dominated and will continue to dominate the sports spectrum this week, you've got to wonder if Americans unfamiliar with football might be under the impression the AFC Championship Game is some sort of boxing match between two old white guys. 
You can hear one of those poor saps now. "They've fought 16 times!" he exclaims to a flummoxed coworker who is trying to determine whether his colleague is deadpanning. "And yet, neither really looks like much of a boxer!"
No, no. Football is still a team sport. It's just that in an era dominated by passing and those who are in charge of doing so, it's often hard for us to look past the narratives constructed entirely for the game's most famous quarterbacks. 
And no quarterbacks are as famous as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, who have been to a combined nine Super Bowls, won a combined seven NFL MVP awards and been elected to...

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