Saturday, April 19, 2014
Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning, Round 14.
That's what NBC is building up the Patriots game with the Broncos on Sunday night. If it's anything like the first 13, we should be treated to a spectacular game.
Here's some things to chew on as you wait for it:
- Brady has a 9-4 record (7-3 in the regular season) in head-to-head games with Manning, though Manning has won four of the last seven.
- The two met last year, also at Gillette Stadium, with Brady and the Patriots coming out on top 31-21. New England ran for 251 yards in the game, Brady threw for 223 and the Patriots had a franchise record 35 first downs.
- Manning holds the NFL record for most road victories by a quarterback (74). Brady is fourth with 63.
- Brady is only 4-6 all-time against Denver (3-5 in regular season), the only team he has a losing record against.
- Manning has thrown for 3,572 yards this year while Brady had thrown for 2,552.
- Denver's fourth-best receiver, Julius Thomas, had more receiving yards (590) than the Patriots top receiver, Julian Edelman (500).
- The Broncos have lost as many fumbles (13) as the Patriots have had all season. The Broncos have 21 fumbles on the season. The Patriots have lost only 5.
- The Patriots have more takeaways (19) than the Broncos (17), but the Broncos lead the NFL in fourth-quarter takeaways (13).
- Former Patriot wide receiver Wes Welker is doing his thing with Manning and the Broncos. He leads Denver with 61 catches, for 648 yards and nine touchdowns. But Welker suffered a concussion in Sunday night's win over Kansas City and his status for the Patriots won't be determined until later in the week.
- The Patriots have an all-time record of 19-16 in Sunday Night games, including 7-7 on NBC, which is televising this one. The Patriots beat Atlanta on Sept. 29. Brady is 11-8 in Sunday night games.
Mike Lowe has covered the New England Patriots since 1999 for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and has had a nice view of their emergence as one of the NFL’s premier franchises.
He’s been at the paper since 1982 and has covered everything from a Little League World Series to the Summer Olympics. He is married to Tracie and they have three children and two grandchildren.
Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeLowePPH.