In his two decades in the NFL, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has put together a historic career that will one day put in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. During his time in the league, Brady has been tied to fellow future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning behind their great rivalry together. These two among the best to play at the position in NFL history, which has now seen the Patriots star quarterback surpass his former longtime rival for another remarkable all-time record.
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning’s connection
Brady and Manning had an intense rivalry and equally as strong of a bond off the field over their respective careers. That saw them spend time during the offseason together at times to pick each other’s brains to better themselves at their craft.
During the last episode of the NFL Network’s Top 100 Greatest Players, Brady revealed that he had met one offseason with Manning over a two-day span, which he picked up much from him. That included a protection package that the Patriots wound up using over the years that led to a tremendous amount of success in the passing game with Rob Gronkowski.
That story shows the tremendous amount of impact that Manning has had on Brady’s success over his illustrious career. The 42-year-old has used that to now help him surpass his longtime peer in the record books once again.
Tom Brady passes Peyton Manning for another all-time mark
Over the years, Brady has continued to rack up more NFL records along the way that have further cemented his status as an all-time great at his position.
The Patriots star quarterback added another one in Week 17 action against the Miami Dolphins as he connected for his 540th career regular-season touchdown, which moved him into second place. Brady only trails New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees for the top mark in league history.
It will be an uphill battle for him to stay pace with Brees, who also looks like he has plenty left in the tank to play a high level. Nonetheless, it has pushed him into a spot that could likely go untouched for a long time with the next closest active player being Los Angeles Chargers’ Philip Rivers at 397 total passing touchdowns. Beyond that, the following active quarterback is New York Giants’ Eli Manning at 363 with the 2019 regular season just about wrapped up.
The 42-year-old put together another respectable campaign as he had 24 touchdown passes and 4,057 passing yards. That marked the 15th time in his career that he has notched at least 24 touchdown passes and 11th time that he has reached 4,000 passing yards in a single season.
Patriots’ playoff outlook
The Patriots earned another trip to the postseason, but this time around, it’s in a bit of unfamiliar territory. They are coming off an upset loss at home to the Dolphins in the regular-season finale that has put them out of a first-round bye.
The Kansas City are lifted into the second overall spot while the Baltimore Ravens are the first seed. The Patriots are playing wildcard weekend for the time since 2009, where they suffered a 33-14 loss to the Ravens.
New England will still maintain the home-field advantage the first-round game against either the likes of the Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers, or Oakland Raiders. A win would put them in a tight spot on the road against the Chiefs in the divisional round.
Kansas City handed them a close loss at home back in Week 14 action.
All of that underlines what will could be a more daunting path to a return to the Super Bowl for the third straight time.