Tom Brady came out on top against Manning once again. Will the two QBs meet up again in the postseason?
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The New England Patriots defeated the Denver Broncos 43-21 in Week 9 of the NFL season thanks to a complete rout by Patriots QB Tom Brady.
For the umpteenth time since Brady started his first game in 2001, Brady and Broncos QB and reigning NFL MVP Peyton Manning squared off in a game that could very well be a preview of this year’s AFC Championship game.
After falling behind 7-3 in the first quarter, Tom Brady and the Patriots responded with 24 unanswered points in the 2nd quarter thanks to 2 TDs from Brady and a punt returned for a TD by Julian Edelman. Manning was unable to rally the Broncos and only managed two more TDs in the 3rd quarter, but two more TDs from Brady in the second half prevented any hopes of a Broncos comeback.
Brady out-dueled Manning with 4 TDs, a 97.4 passer rating and a 62% completion rate. Manning was held to 2 TDs and a 59.6% completion rate but his 80.9 passer rating was his lowest since – ironically – last year’s loss to the Patriots on November 24th.
With the win the New England Patriots rose to 7-2 on the season, and now have the AFC’s best record. The Patriots have a Week 10 bye and then play the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11.
With the loss the Broncos move to 6-2 on the season and lost control of the AFC. Their next game will be a road game against the 0-8 Oakland Raiders.