If you believe in superstitions, then 13 is considered an unlucky number, an ominous integer to be feared and avoided. But triskaidekaphobia takes a holiday on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, where quarterbacking icons Tom Brady of the Patriots and Peyton Manning of the Broncos (that still sounds strange) resume one of sport’s greatest individual rivalries.
Brady and Manning face off for the 13th time Sunday, and we’re all lucky. They’ve combined for six NFL MVPs, four Super Bowl titles, three Super Bowl MVPs, and the two highest single-season touchdown pass totals in the history of the game. They’ve been part of an arms race that has defined the last decade of the NFL.