Stakes high for Brady, Manning in Super Bowl bid

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By Larry Fine

(Reuters) - A Super Bowl berth will be on the line when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Sunday, but there is even more at stake for the renowned quarterbacks.

The legacies of the two greatest signal callers of their time may also be affected by the AFC championship outcome, says Gary Myers, author of New York Times bestseller "Brady vs Manning".

Myers believes Manning, the National Football League's regular season giant, sorely needs another Super Bowl title to elevate his status, while Brady would reign as the league's greatest ever quarterback should he raise the Lombardi Trophy once more.

"I think it’s huge, I really do," Myers, a longstanding NFL columnist for the New York Daily News, told Reuters about the opportunity for Manning.

"Right now, part of the narrative of Peyton’s career is he’s the greatest regular season quarterback in NFL history.

"But nine times his team has been knocked out of the NFL playoffs in their first game. That's a bad stat."

Despite his record haul of five National Football League most valuable player awards, the 39-year-old Manning has won only one Super Bowl and finished runner-up in two other trips.

Manning has an overall playoff record of 12-13 during a 17-year career spent with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver.   Continued...

Jan 16, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws the ball for a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half in the AFC Divisional round playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports