Track the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have met 15 times since Brady became the Patriots’ starter in 2001. Through the 2013 season, the two quarterbacks had combined for seven MVP awards, 22 playoff appearances, and four Super Bowl titles. They also have authored some of the NFL’s most memorable games during that time span. Brady leads the series, 10-5.

Brady and Manning have met in every season except 2002, 2008 (when Brady missed the final 15 games), and 2011 (when Manning missed the entire season).

They were AFC East rivals for their first two meetings in 2001, before Manning’s Colts moved to the newly formed AFC South in 2002.

A look back on their matchups and how they were covered by the Boston Globe:

Also see: Database of Globe coverage of every Patriots game in Bill Belichick era.


SEPT. 30, 2001: PATRIOTS 44, COLTS 13 (at Foxborough)

  • In Brady’s first career start, he led the Patriots to a dominant first win of the season in relief of the injured Drew Bledsoe. Brady threw for 168 yards and did not throw a touchdown pass, but the Patriots scored three rushing touchdowns and added two more on returns of Manning interceptions. Manning fell to 0-4 in his career in Foxborough. | Game story


OCT. 21, 2001: PATRIOTS 38, COLTS 17 (at Indianapolis)

  • Brady threw three touchdown passes for the first time, but he still wasn’t the star of the game for New England. David Patten caught two touchdown passes, rushed for one, and even passed for one as the Patriots completed the season sweep of Manning and the Colts. | Game story


NOV. 30, 2003: PATRIOTS 38, COLTS 34 (at Indianapolis)

  • The Patriots defense stood tall in a four-down, goal-line stand in the final minute to cement the win. Brady threw two third-quarter interceptions that Manning turned into Colts touchdowns as Indianapolis erased a 31-10 second-half deficit. But it was Brady’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Deion Branch in the final quarter that provided the winning margin. | Game story


JAN. 18, 2004: PATRIOTS 24, COLTS 14 (AFC title game, at Foxborough)

  • The Patriots stopped the red-hot Colts in their tracks by picking off Manning four times (three times by Ty Law) and humbling an offense that averaged 40 points in its first two playoff games. “We’re a physical ball club and they’re finesse, so something had to give,” Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi said. Brady threw for 237 yards with one touchdown and an interception in the win. | Game story


SEPT. 9, 2004: PATRIOTS 27, COLTS 24 (at Foxborough)

  • The Colts returned to Foxborough for the season’s opening-night game, with the Patriots again coming up with a key defensive stop in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Rookie lineman Vince Wilfork scooped a fumble by Edgerrin James at the goal line when the Colts were poised for a go-ahead score with 3:43 left. Brady threw three touchdown passes as he moved to 5-0 all-time against Manning. | Game story


JAN. 16, 2005: PATRIOTS 20, COLTS 3 (AFC divisional playoffs, at Foxborough)

  • The Patriots again had the recipe to stopping the Colts offense that so much of the NFL was looking for, taming a unit that had averaged 34 points over its first 17 games. Manning was frustrated as his receivers were battered at the line of scrimmage by Patriots defenders. Brady threw for one score and ran for another on a blustery, snowy day. Manning fell to 0-7 in Foxborough. | Game story


NOV. 7, 2005: COLTS 40, PATRIOTS 21 (at Foxborough)

  • In a Monday night game, Manning finally scored his first victory over Brady and ran the Colts’ record to 8-0. The Patriots stumbled through the game despite three touchdown passes from Brady. “We got it handed to us,” Patriots receiver Troy Brown said. “Any which way you can name it, we got beat. We just got our heads kicked in.” Manning threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns, and his Colts punted only once — late in the fourth quarter. | Game story


NOV. 5, 2006: COLTS 27, PATRIOTS 20 (at Foxborough)

  • For the second straight year, the Colts improved to 8-0 with a win in Foxborough, but this time Brady earned the lion’s share of the blame for the loss. In his worst performance against Manning, Brady threw four interceptions as New England committed five turnovers to fall to 6-2. “We’re not going to win many games that way, giving up big plays on defense, special teams, turn the ball over five times, third-down penalties,” said coach Bill Belichick. Manning threw for 326 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Game story


JAN. 21, 2007: COLTS 38, PATRIOTS 34 (AFC title game, at Indianapolis)

  • One of the darkest chapters in Patriots postseason history played out in the RCA Dome as New England surrendered a 21-6 halftime lead to yield a Super Bowl berth to the Colts. Manning led four second-half touchdown drives to power the comeback, and even included a 1-yard scoring run. Brady, whose offense mustered just one second-half touchdown, threw a game-sealing interception to Marlin Jackson in the final minute. The win sent the Colts on to play the Bears in Super Bowl XLI, where Manning would finally earn an NFL championship. | Game story


NOV. 4, 2007: PATRIOTS 24, COLTS 20 (at Indianapolis)

  • The Patriots exacted revenge for their loss in the AFC title game less than a year earlier with a come-from-behind victory en route to their 16-0 regular-season campaign. Brady threw fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Wes Welker and Kevin Faulk to power the comeback. Jarvis Green then strip-sacked Manning to seal the win, in the first game in NFL history that matched teams with records of 7-0 or better. “Some victories do feel better than others, yes,” Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi said. “This one was one of those that you’ll remember. It was a big one and it’s very nice to have.” | Game story


NOV. 15, 2009: COLTS 35, PATRIOTS 34 (at Indianapolis)

  • The Colts completed an improbable fourth-quarter comeback after the Patriots turned the ball over on downs following Belichick’s decision not to punt when faced with a fourth and 2 from his own 28 with 2:08 left. Faulk caught Brady’s fourth-down pass but was brought down short of the marker. Four plays later, Manning tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne with 9 seconds left for the winning points. Manning threw four touchdown passes, and led three touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. “We have a chance to go out there and make the play to win,” Brady said. “It’s easy to second-guess. If we gain 7 more inches, it’s a good call.” | Game story


NOV. 21, 2010: PATRIOTS 31, COLTS 28 (at Foxborough)

  • The Patriots did what they couldn’t do a year earlier — extinguish a Colts rally in the fourth quarter. James Sanders picked off Manning at the Patriots’ 6-yard line with 31 seconds left to lock up the win. Manning had already tossed two touchdown passes to Blair White earlier in the quarter. But the pass that Sanders picked off was Manning’s third interception (to go along with four touchdowns and 396 yards passing). Brady threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns to help the Patriots break a two-game skid to the Colts as the series shifted back to Foxborough for the first time since 2005. This would mark the final time Brady would face Manning with Indianapolis, since a neck injury would sideline Manning for the 2011 season and the Colts would then cut him. | Game story


OCT. 7, 2012: PATRIOTS 31, BRONCOS 21 (at Foxborough)

  • Manning came to Foxborough for the first time in a uniform other than the Colts’. Using a heavy dose of the no-huddle offense, the Patriots jumped out to a 31-7 lead. The defense, which bent slightly in the second half, came up with several big plays to seal the win. The Patriots rushed for 251 yards, with Brady throwing for 223 yards and a touchdown. Manning threw for 337 yards and three scores. | Game story


NOV. 24, 2013: PATRIOTS 34, BRONCOS 31 (OT, at Foxborough)

  • The Broncos jumped out to a 24-0 lead by halftime, thanks to three lost fumbles by the Patriots on their first three drives. But Brady rallied the Patriots with four touchdowns on their first four drives of the second half. Manning engineered a game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter. In overtime, with winds howling and a wind-chill factor of 6 degrees, Bill Belichick opted to give the Broncos the ball and take the wind at the Patriots’ back after winning the toss. The teams traded possessions until Denver’s Tony Carter mistakenly touched a Patriots punt deep in Broncos territory. The Patriots kicked a game-winning field goal with 1:56 left on the clock. Game story


JAN. 19, 2014: BRONCOS 26, PATRIOTS 16 (AFC title game, at Denver)

  • The margin of victory was 10 points, but the Patriots never seemed to really be in contention as the Manning-led Broncos eliminated Brady’s team. Manning threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns as the Broncos ripped apart a Patriots defense that was hurt by the loss of Aqib Talib to an injury in the first half. The Patriots had only 3 points until there was 9:26 left to play, when they scored the first of two final quarter touchdowns that would be too little, too late. The Broncos moved on to play the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Game story

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