The conversation, of course, will be about Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Isn’t it always?
Brady has so many Super Bowl rings (four). Manning has so many MVP awards (5). Brady has won 11 of the 16 meetings. Manning has most of the NFL record book.
So let the fans argue as they prepare to meet again.
Except someone should point this out: the other quarterback matchup will be better.
This time, Manning-Brady is the less impressive matchup of the weekend.
This time, the anticipated matchup should be Cam Newton, MVP candidate, against Carson Palmer, MVP candidate. Together, they lead the high-scoring Carolina Panthers against the high-scoring Arizona Cardinals.
Newton and Palmer will represent the first two Heisman Trophy winners to face each other in the playoffs. They also are both former No. 1 draft picks. Their teams are the top two scoring teams in the league.
This year, Palmer was fourth in the NFL in passing and had a 104.9 rating. Newton had a 99.4 rating.