The last time the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers faced each other in Denver, it was the Chargers walking out victorious. That wasn’t the case on Sunday. Peyton Manning led the Broncos to a revenge victory over San Diego and will now face Tom Brady for the 15th time next Sunday for the AFC Championship.
Earlier in the season, Manning and the Broncos battled Brady and the New England Patriots, but it wasn’t exactly the happy ending Manning wanted. Denver allowed the Patriots to come from behind and pick up the victory in overtime. I’m sure since that dreadful Sunday evening, Manning has been hoping this moment would come.
Now, we’re all aware that Brady has consistently had Manning’s number when the two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks have squared off. However, if Manning can defeat Brady and move onto the Super Bowl, then the loss Manning suffered to Brady earlier in the season suddenly won’t hurt as much as it once did.
I certainly don’t believe Manning and the Broncos will jump out to an early 24 point lead again. Although, if that were to happen, I wouldn’t expect to see Brady lead the Patriots to a miraculous comeback victory again either.
In past playoff battles, the winner of Manning vs. Brady went on to win the Super Bowl, and that may once again be the case this season. This battle between Manning and Brady is a dream come true for football fans. The continual argument of Manning or Brady is something that hasn’t went away in years and likely won’t go away while the two quarterbacks continue to play at such a high level.
Manning had the best statistical regular season by any quarterback in NFL history, and once again, Brady has a chance to rain on Manning’s parade. In this matchup, either Manning will right the wrong from earlier in the season or Brady will once again be the reason for the “Manning can’t win the big one” conversations.
Next Sunday is a must see for any football fan. Manning is on his quest for his second Super Bowl victory, while Brady is looking to continue his head-to-head success he’s had against Manning. Regardless of the outcome, this AFC Championship game is going to be exciting from opening kickoff to the final QB kneel.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org