Two old rivals square off, with one in a familiar uniform and one in a (slightly) new one, as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will do battle once again in the AFC Championship Game. This is the 15th time the two quarterbacks will square off, and with both players getting up there in years, it might be the last time we see them face each other in the playoffs. The Denver Broncos are looking for their first Super Bowl appearance since the 1998 playoffs, while the New England Patriots are trying to get another trophy on Brady's mantle. With so much on the line, here are some fun and interesting stats to follow during the game.
- At a combined 74.3 years old, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady combine for the oldest combined age for opposing starting quarterbacks in a conference title game.
- If the Patriots win, Bill Belichick would tie Tom Landry as the coach with the most NFL playoff wins (20), while Tom Brady would set the record for most Super Bowl reached by a quarterback (six).
- With a win, Belichick would also tie Don Shula as head coaches with the most Super Bowls in NFL history, with his sixth.
- As a team, the Patriots would tie the Cowboys and the Steelers with the most Super Bowl appearances in NFL history, with eight if they win the game.
- If the Broncos win, they would tie the Patriots and possibly the 49ers (depending on the outcome of the NFC Championship Game) for the third-most Super Bowl appearances in league history, with seven.
- If the Broncos lose, it will be the 12th time Manning has lost to Belichick. No other coach has defeated the quarterback more than five times.
- If Denver wins, Peyton Manning will become the fourth quarterback in NFL history to lead the league in passing yards and touchdowns and lead his team to the Super Bowl, joining Dan Marino (1984), Kurt Warner (2001) and Brady (2007).