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Could this be final meeting between Tom Brady, Peyton Manning?

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There was Ali-Frazier.

There was Russell-Chamberlain.

There was Bird-Magic.

In the NFL, however, the rivalry is about quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, who play each other for the 17th time Sunday. Brady has won 11 of the previous 16 games, although it should be noted that the two are 5-5 over the past 10 years.

This will be the fifth time they have met in the playoffs, where they are tied 2-2. Still, Brady is seeking his seventh Super Bowl in 15 seasons.

They have never quite met like this, however. Brady is at the top of his game, and there has been mention of another MVP. Manning, however, looks as if he is just holding on. He started only 10 games this season, and he didn’t play well in several others. For the year, he had nine touchdown passes and 17 interceptions.

This time, everyone is wondering how many more seasons Brady can play (he says five or six). And everyone is wondering if Manning may retire.

According to USA Today, the average score of the Brady-Manning games: Brady’s team 29.9, Manning’s team 24.5. And with 16 matchups, their stats equate to a nice regular-season comparison. Manning has completed 410 of 657 passes (62.4%) for 4,809 yards, 33 TDs and 22 INTs (87.4 QB rating). Brady has completed 367 of 553 passes (66.4%) for 4,013 yards, 31 TDs and 13 INTs (96.5 QB rating).

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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