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New England Patriots Links 10/04/12 - Football Doesn't Get Any Better Than Brady-Manning

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New England Patriots Daily News and Links for 10/04/12

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Kerry J. Byrne calls Manning vs. Brady the best QB rivalry in NFL history.

... Manning and Brady meet far more often than most great QB rivalries -- and they meet in Big Games of Big Consequence.

The sheer statistical dominance of each quarterback adds yet another layer to the rivalry. Both Brady and Manning are among the all-time leaders in every major career and single-season passing record.

And here's the best part for football fans: it seems these aging gunslingers are not quite ready to hand over their badges to the NFL's young guns.

Instead, both quarterbacks head into their Week 5 showdown at the top of their game: Denver and New England boast the league's best offenses right now when we measure them relative to the quality of the defenses each team has faced.

... Brady and Manning, by the way, enter their Week 5 showdown virtually neck and neck in their individual statistical showdown this season:

Brady: 101 of 154, 65.6 percent, 1,227 yards, 8.0 YPA, 7 TD, 1 INT, 102.4 rating

Manning: 99 of 153, 64.7 percent, 1,162 yards, 7.6 YPA, 8 TD, 3 INT, 96.9 rating

We don't know who will have the advantage on Sunday. But we do know this: whoever does gain that advantage on Sunday will gain the inside track on the 2012 playoff race.

Jim Donaldson says that even though they have it all, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning just can't walk away.

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning don’t have to play football. They do because they love to.

Years ago, they earned their places in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But they still want to play for as many years as they possibly can.

At an age when they understandably could be thinking about retirement — Brady turned 35 in August, Manning was 36 last March — they’re thinking only about their next game, which happens to be against each other, on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.