Broncos vs. Patriots: Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady Fails to Live Up to the Hype

By Michael Pidgeon
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Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have quite the history with each other, and the two faced off again on the field last night. The hype heading into their matchup was out of this world, but it was deserving due to their past. Unfortunately, the battle didn’t live up to the hype and was actually rather disappointing.

Now if we were talking about the game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots, that matchup did live up to the hype. However, no one mentioned the teams by name. It was all Manning vs. Brady, not Broncos vs. Patriots.

When the first half finished and Denver had a 24-0 lead, one would have thought that Manning was on fire, but that wasn’t the case at all. It took Peyton almost five full quarters to reach a measly 150 passing yards. Although Manning finished with two touchdowns and only one interception, it would have looked like there was only one superstar quarterback on the field last night if I was a random person watching the game and didn’t actually know who Peyton was.

Brady was magnificent in the second half of last night’s game. Tom threw three touchdowns to help bring New England come back from the jaws of defeat and actually grab the victory from Denver. Brady finished with no interceptions, 300-plus passing yards and a 100-plus QB rating. That was something expected from both quarterbacks, not just Tom.

With the way Manning and Brady’s seasons have went to this point, the stats mentioned above would have normally been switched around, but that wasn’t the case. Brady outperformed Manning once again on a big stage last night.

It was Peyton, not Brady, who let the media down, let the NFL down and most importantly, let himself down with his performance. Tom lived up to the hype, but where was Peyton? Next time these two quarterbacks square off, let’s hold off on the hype because too much hype is never a good thing. Last night’s disappointing duel proves my point.

Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at

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