Last year the New England Patriots, led by Tom Brady won their fourth Super Bowl with a victory over the Seattle Seahawks. That prompted me to write this on February 2nd:
“What was going through Peyton Manning’s head as Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hoisted his fourth Super Bowl trophy? Well nobody knows for sure, but if it were me it would make me want to come back for one last hurrah. Brady, who has been Manning’s career antagonist, can lay claim to the best QB of all-time with his win over the Seattle Seahawks this past Sunday.
More often than not, we as media members try to compare individual players so we can have a rivalry to dissect, and with Brady’s last win, there isn’t much of a debate anymore between who is the better QB now that Brady has ring number four. Manning and Brady are both generational talents that will be 1st ballot Hall of Famers but their careers will always be intertwined due to the games they have played over their respective careers. Manning will probably go down as the greatest regular season QB of all-time while Brady goes down as the most clutch QB of all-time. The question as always has been, do you want MVPs? Or Lombardi Trophies? If MVPs was your answer then take Manning, if Lombardi’s was your answer take Brady. It was always the debate but now that Brady is the sole leader in post-season wins, touchdowns and has three Super Bowl MVP’s there aren’t many stats you could throw out that would change anybody’s mind about who the better QB is.
As Brady led his team to four scores, all passing TD’s someone asked me why Manning couldn’t do that last year. There was no sufficient answer on my part, aside from “He’s just better I guess.” We all seen Manning struggle against Seattle’s defense last year as the Broncos only scored eight points. Brady had 14 by halftime.
Even though the Seahawks lost the game, a hidden loser in all of this was Manning himself. Brady beat the Seahawks, including a fantastic game-winning drive against the most feared-secondary in the league while Manning could only muster up eight points. The win all but secured Brady as the best QB of his generation with Manning coming in second. I say all of this, because as a Broncos fan, I want to see Manning comeback. I want a fire to be lit in his soul. I want him to win the Super Bowl for Denver as long as he is healthy enough to do this. I want to see one more Manning/Brady matchup. If this was Manning’s last year, thank you for the memories, but if it isn’t, I hope to see Manning keep the rivalry alive with a Super Bowl win next year.”
Now obviously with the Broncos victory in Super Bowl 50 I can say I am a genius. We seen Manning make the comeback. We seen the Broncos win the Super Bowl. We watched one more Manning-Brady match-up. The sentiment remains the same a year later, if this is Manning’s last rodeo, thank you for the memories and now, the Super Bowl ring.