Brady, Manning set to add another chapter to storied rivalry

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By Simon Evans

(Reuters) - Two of the mosts successful quarterbacks of all-time face each other when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots host Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos on Sunday but the clash is all about the present.

While both have already secured places in the Pro Football Hall of Fame their recent form suggests they have plenty of fight left. The way they are plyaing, the duo could very well face each other in an AFC playoff battle in January.

Both have reached key milestones this season as Brady topped 50,000 career passing yards, putting him sixth on the all-time list, while Manning broke Brett Favre's record of 508 career touchdown passes.

Questions early in the season about whether Brady was fading have quietened in recent weeks as he has thrown 12 touchdowns in his last three games while Manning has 22 touchdowns and 2,134 yards in his team's seven games this season.

The Patriots (6-2) are in charge of the AFC East with a while Denver (6-1) head the AFC West.

For New England head coach Bill Belichick, facing Manning has been a regular challenge, given the Patriots frequently faced Manning's former team, the Indianapolis Colts, and he has no doubt where he would rank the quarterback.

"Peyton does a great job of getting the ball to the weakest point of the defense, whatever defense happens to be. He's great. Obviously he's a great quarterback – best quarterback I've coached against. He does a tremendous job," said Belichick.

"He's just good at everything. I see no weaknesses in his game."   Continued...

Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) shake hands after the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports