Will the 15th meeting of Tom Brady-Peyton Manning, on Sunday, continue the Patriots' way?
NFL fans will be treated to the 15th version of Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning when the New England Patriots travel to Denver to face the Broncos on Sunday in the AFC championship game.
The winner will advance to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Feb. 2, facing either the San Francisco 49ers or Seattle Seahawks, who play Sunday for the NFC championship.
Brady holds a 10-4 record in the head-to-head, all but two of those games when Manning was the quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. Facing Manning's team on the road, Brady and the Patriots hold a 3-2 advantage.
Over those 14 games:
*Team points per game: 30.0 for the Patriots, 24.6 for Colts/Broncos.
*Quarterback completion percentage: 67.0% for Brady, 61.8% for Manning.
*Touchdowns to interceptions: 26 TDs, 12 INTs for Brady; 29 TDs, 20 INTs for Manning.
*Passing yards per game: 243.1 for Brady, 283.6 for Manning.
Their last meeting was Nov. 24, Week 12 of this regular season, an epic 24-point comeback by the Patriots to eventually defeat the Broncos in overtime.
A look at how the quarterbacks have fared against each other:
2001 Week 3:
New England Patriots 44, Indianapolis Colts 13, at New England
In his first career start after replacing injured Drew Bledsoe, Brady goes 13-of-23 for 168 yards; Manning has three interceptions, two pick-six.
2001 Week 6:
Patriots 38, Colts 17, at Indianapolis
Brady throws three touchdown passes, including a 91-yarder to David Patten for a 14-3 second-quarter lead. The Patriots improve to 3-3 on their way to winning Super Bowl XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams.
2003 Week 13:
Patriots 38, Colts 34, at IND
Manning becomes the first to throw for four touchdowns against coach Bill Belichick and his Patriots. New England stops Edgerrin James three times on first-and-goal from the 2-yard line in the final minute. Patriots get home-field advantage for the playoffs.
2003 AFC championship:
Patriots 24, Colts 14, at NE
Manning again throws four interceptions, three by Ty Law, and is sacked four times. Brady is a ho-hum 22-of-37 for 237 yards and a touchdown and gets the Patriots to Super Bowl XXXVIII -- and a win against the Carolina Panthers.
2004 Week 1:
Patriots 27, Colts 24, at NE
The Patriots win their 16th in a row, as Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt misses a possible game-tying 48-yard field goal in the final minute. Brady throws for three touchdowns, Manning for two.
2004 divisional playoffs:
Patriots 20, Colts 3, at NE
Brady throws a 5-yard touchdown pass to David Givens in the third quarter and scores himself on goal-to-go from the 1-yard line in the fourth. The Patriots would go on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX.
2005 Week 9:
Colts 40, Patriots 21, at NE
Manning beats Brady for the first time in seven meetings, throwing for 321 yards and three touchdowns, including a 30-yard pass to Marvin Harrison in the fourth quarter. It's also Manning's first win at New England.
2006 Week 9:
Colts 27, Patriots 20, at NE
Brady tosses four interceptions as the Colts improve to 8-0, with Manning throwing for 326 yards and two touchdowns. Indianapolis will go on to earn home-field advantage in the playoffs.
2006 AFC Championship:
Colts 38, Patriots 34, at IND
Down 21-3, the Colts go on to win and tie for the fourth-largest comeback in postseason history. Manning throws for 349 yards and one touchdown. The Colts get three field goals from former Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri. Manning leads the Colts to victory in Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears, his only NFL title.
2007 Week 9:
Patriots 24, Colts 20, at IND
The Patriots rally from a 20-10 fourth-quarter deficit with touchdown passes to Wes Welker and Kevin Faulk in the final eight minutes and improve to 9-0. Brady breaks Manning's 2004 NFL record with his ninth game in a row with at least three touchdowns. The Patriots finish with their first 16-0 season and go on to lose to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
2009 Week 10:
Colts 35, Patriots 34, at IND
In the Sunday night national game, the Patriots lead by 17 points in the fourth quarter.
Then it's 34-28 with 2:08 left when Belichick opts to go for it on fourth-and 2 from his 28-yard line. Brady's pass to Faulk gains only one yard. Four plays later, Manning throws his fourth touchdown pass, 1 yard to Reggie Wayne. The Colts go 9-0 and end up losing Super Bowl XLIV to the New Orleans Saints.
2010 Week 11:
Patriots 31, Colts 28, at NE
The Colts trail 31-14 with 10 minutes left in the game. Manning rallies them with two touchdown passes to Blair White and is driving for a third when he's intercepted by James Sanders at the Patriots' 6-yard-line with 37 seconds left. It's Manning's third interception, to go with four touchdowns.
2012 Week 5:
Patriots 31, Denver Broncos 21, at NE
In his first meeting with Brady as a Bronco, Manning goes 31-of-44 for 337 yards and three touchdowns. But the defense can't stop the Patriots, who lead 31-7 with five minutes left in the third quarter and hold on for the win.
2013 Week 12:
Patriots 34, Broncos 31 OT, at NE
Brady rallies the Patriots from a 24-point, first-half deficit, passing for three touchdowns, and Manning throws a game-tying touchdown pass with about three minutes left to force overtime. After ex-Patriot Wes Welker muffs a punt, Brady leads a three-play drive that culminates in Steve Gostowski's winning 31-yard field goal.