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Top Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning games

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will square off for the 17th time in their careers when the Denver Broncos host the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.



With another Super Bowl berth on the line between the two, it's important to note that Brady owns an 11-5 edge in his matchups against Manning. Both passers will one day be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the two have also had a number of memorable showdowns. Here are the finest of those games:

Tom Brady's owning of his matchups with Peyton Manning started early, in his first start for the Patriots against the Colts in 2001.

   After losing six straight against the Brady-led 
  [Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE), 
  [Peyton Manning](/player/peytonmanning/2501863/profile) and the 
  [Colts](/teams/indianapoliscolts/profile?team=IND) finally broke through with a win on a Monday night in 2005. 
   In 2009, the 
  [Colts](/teams/indianapoliscolts/profile?team=IND) and 
  [Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE) met on a Sunday night, and what transpired was one of the most-talked-about decisions in the series' history. 

Tom Brady helped the Patriots rally from a 24-0 halftime deficit to ultimately prevail 34-31 over the Broncos in overtime.

   The 
  [Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE), thanks in large part to Willie McGinest, make a monumental goal-line stand to seal a 38-34 victory over the 
  [Colts](/teams/indianapoliscolts/profile?team=IND). 
   In Week 9 of the 2007 season, the 7-0 
  [Colts](/teams/indianapoliscolts/profile?team=IND) hosted the 8-0 
  [Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE). The 
  [Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE) prevailed, hitting 18-0 before losing 
  [Super Bowl](http://www.nfl.com/superbowl) XLII. 
   On a cold, snowy day in Foxborough, the 
  [Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE) earned a 24-14 win over the 
  [Colts](/teams/indianapoliscolts/profile?team=IND) to advance to their second 
  [Super Bowl](http://www.nfl.com/superbowl) in three years. 
   The 
  [Colts](/teams/indianapoliscolts/profile?team=IND), at long last, finally got past the 
  [Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE) and advanced to the 
  [Super Bowl](http://www.nfl.com/superbowl), where they defeated the 
  [Bears](/teams/chicagobears/profile?team=CHI) in 
  [Super Bowl](http://www.nfl.com/superbowl) XLI. 

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