Who’s the greatest of all time? It’s not even up for debate anymore in my opinion after Tom Brady heroically came back from 25 points to win Super Bowl LI, his 5th title, more than any quarterback in NFL history.
The Joe Montana apologists, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt of a debate, but their argument crumbled after Brady won his 5th. Then there’s this Yahoo Sports writer who apparently had nothing better to write about in the middle of June to get clicks:
According to Ben Pfeifer of Yahoo Sports:
Brady has 5 Super Bowl wins to Mannings 2, has an 11-6 record against Peyton, With all of these advantages, how could Manning possibly be better than Brady? Well, here are the reasons.
STATS – The most obvious reason that Manning is the better quarterback is sheer statistics. Manning has not only had the better statistical career than Brady, but of any other quarterback. Peyton has 71,940 career passing yards compared to Brady’s 61,582. 539 touchdowns to 456, 65.3 to 63.8 completion percent, five MVPs to two, the list goes on. According to raw stats, Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback, or maybe even the greatest player, to ever step on a football field
RECORDS – The amount of records Manning has amassed over his career is downright unbelievable. Most MVPs in a career, most passing yards, most touchdowns, most yards in a season, largest touchdown to interception ratio, most 300 yard playoff games, and most game winning drives in a career. The 14 time pro bowler is also one of two quarterbacks to defeat all of the teams in the NFL, along with Brett Favre. Brady has a few records, but none that compare to Manning’s.
Brady’s victories – Tom Brady is not the primary reason for most of their super bowl victories. The Tuck Rule allowed Brady to reach the super bowl in 2002, where his defense held the Rams’ “greatest show on turf” to 17 points, and Adam Vinatieri hit the game winning field goal. Against the Panthers, Vinatieri won the game from 41 yards with seconds remaining, and against the Eagles, the defense held them to 21 points. Against the Seahawks, the Pats won due to a bad play call and an improbable last second interception by Malcom Butler. And last season against the Falcons, Julian Edelman made maybe the most incredible catch ever off of an errant Brady throw. Brady failed to defeat the Giants with arguably the best team ever, finishing 15–1, and many say the 2017 Patriots are even more stacked than the 18–1 squad.
He goes on to talk about Peyton’s struggles with injuries and blah blah blah. After I picked myself up off the floor laughing so hard, I’m going to just casually ramble my rebuttal.
Regular season records, wow, fantastic. Nothing says that a game is all about yourself than bragging about regular season records. He can have them. Let us delve into the post season, where it really matters, where men are separated from the boys.
First of all, regular season records isn’t quite apples to apples yet, Manning has played in roughly 30 more NFL games than Brady, let’s chat about that when that evens out, I think a lot of that will change….
Second of all, those game winning kicks and plays, were all set up by who? I forget, can someone remind me? Those kicks by Vinatieri were clutch, but don’t forget who charged down the field to set those up. And the comebacks against Seattle and the Falcons, those were also lead by, repeat after me, Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr.!
Peyton Manning has 9, I repeat, NINE one-and-dones in the post season. That is just absolutely bonkers. Especially for a guy who for the most part, got into the playoffs as a 1 or 2 seed after having a bye.
Next, let’s look at some playoff stats now, where it matters. Brady has thrown for 9,094 yards, 63 touchdowns and 31 interceptions in the post season, against the best of the best. Manning has thrown for 7339 yards with 40 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. Brady is 25-9 in the post season, that’s a .735 winning percentage, again, vs. the best of the best. Meanwhile Manning is 14-13 in the playoffs, a .518 winning percentage, meaning, when the playoffs come around and the games really matter, Peyton Manning transforms from Peyton Manning TO Mark Sanchez.
Comparing Manning to Brady is laughable at this point, it was laughable at any point really. I can’t even take this argument serious because it’s just an attempt to troll the Patriots fan base for clicks during the Summer. If you’re going to try to knock Brady off his throne, you better bring someone better than Peyton Manning. Brady is the greatest of all time, accept it, move on. Your life will be a lot more enjoyable.