TheSTN – NFL: Broncos-Patriots Clash Features All-Time QB Greats

Two all-star quarterbacks will be featured this Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS) as four-time NFL MVP PEYTON MANNING and his Denver Broncos face the defending-AFC champion New England Patriots led by two-time NFL MVP TOM BRADY.

“You are talking about greatness on the field with two guys that have done things that nobody else has ever done at the position,” says NFL Network analyst and former NFL head coach STEVE MARIUCCI on quarterbacks Brady and Manning.

Brady, who is in his 13th NFL campaign and Manning, who is a 15-year NFL veteran, rank among NFL elite at the quarterback position and continue to move up the league’s record books.

“They both have had tremendous impact by playing the quarterback position at such a high level for so many years,” says CBS Sports’ NFL TODAY analyst and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback DAN MARINO. “They really brought the position to new levels.

Manning ranks fourth in NFL history with 143 wins, while Brady’s 126 wins are the fifth-most in league history among starting quarterbacks. Only BRETT FAVRE (186) and Hall of Famers JOHN ELWAY (148) and Marino (147) have more wins.

This will mark only the second time in NFL history that two starting quarterbacks with 125+ career regular-season wins each meet in a game. The previous matchup featured Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins versus John Elway of the Denver Broncos on December 21, 1998.





Brett Favre



John Elway



Dan Marino



Peyton Manning*



Tom Brady*






The veteran quarterbacks also rank third (Manning) and fifth (Brady) respectively for most touchdown passes in NFL history. The matchup on Sunday will be the first time ever that two starting quarterbacks will enter a game with 300+ TD passes.


Brett Favre


Dan Marino


Peyton Manning


Fran Tarkenton


Tom Brady



A look at key attributes of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning:

Tom Brady



“He plays the game hard with knowledge and passion.  He is a guy that is very competitive, makes those around him better and has won.” – CBS’ NFL TODAY analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO.                                     

“He has changed the position from a winning standpoint. What he’s done for the period of time in New England, not just winning year-in and year-out, game-in and game-out, but also being in five Super Bowls is unbelievable. His level of success on the field is second-to-none.” – NFL Network analyst and former NFL MVP KURT WARNER.                                        

Peyton Manning “He’s like a coach on the field where he gets his team in the right place mostly every time; lining them up, running the no-huddle offense and being so competitive.”  – CBS’ NFL TODAY analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO.                                                 


“The greatest attribute of Peyton Manning is his ability to really understand what defenses are doing to him. He’s able to react before the snap. That’s what is unique about him. A lot of guys can react after the snap, but very few can have that understanding before the snap.” – NFL Network analyst and former NFL MVP KURT WARNER.

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