Brady and Manning renew rivalry in AFC title-game showdown

Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:55pm EST
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(Reuters) - There may be two teams battling for the AFC title and a spot in the Super Bowl on Sunday but the spotlight will be on the latest round in a heavyweight gridiron showdown between two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks.

The AFC Championship game features the top-seeded Denver Broncos and second-seed New England Patriots but it is No. 18 (Peyton Manning) versus No. 12 (Tom Brady) that has dominated the buildup to the Mile High city clash.

Seconds after Denver beat the San Diego Chargers last Sunday to reach the conference championship the first question put to Manning as he walked off the field was how he felt going against longtime rival Brady for the 15th time.

"It's Broncos versus the Patriots and certainly Tom and I have played against each other a lot, but when you get to the AFC Championship it's about two good teams that did a lot to get there," said Manning.

"They're a great team, they had a big win last night so we are going to enjoy this one tonight and start to work on them tomorrow and it ought to be a heck of a game."

Manning versus Brady in a high-stakes game is a the NFL's marquee rivalry, attracting as much hype and anticipation as heavyweights Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier or tennis sensations Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer.

Few could argue that Manning and Brady are not two of the all-time greatest quarterbacks to grace the American gridiron.

Manning is a four-time NFL most valuable player while Brady has claimed the honor twice. Brady has three Super Bowl rings and two Super Bowl MVP awards, Manning has one of each.

Where there is considerable debate, however, is when it comes to which signal caller is better.   Continued...

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the first half during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports