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  • With the Patriots heading into a playoff game against the Broncos this weekend, we have yet another Brady vs Manning match up.  Today, we’ve got a special guest post from Tara (of Sullivan Tire’s Marketing Department), to give us her take on what to expect this weekend. 

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    As the resident Jets fan, it’s very hard for me to see the Patriots heading off to the AFC Championship game again, making a Super Bowl run again, but you have to hand it to Tom Brady and the Patriots; they really are elite performers when it comes to the playoffs.  They are the crème de la crème of the postseason.

    Living in New England, with the Jets almost never being a factor when it comes to playoffs, the Brady/Manning showdown is something that a fan of a team with a quarterback problem can only dream about.  (You mean fans actually stand behind their quarterbacks?)  The excitement of seeing two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, with a decade long rivalry, battling it out is something that you don’t always get to see with these types of elimination playoffs.  This may be one of the best football playoffs in years.

    Even though I’m behind Manning (sorry!), it pains me to say that I don’t feel confident that the team to beat Brady and the Patriots is Manning and the Broncos.  And you know what?  I should be worried.  No offense to Peyton Manning, but let’s be honest here.  Brady and the Patriots are postseason heroes.  Brady makes his team perform at a higher level, and nowhere is this especially true than against Peyton Manning.

    Since 2001, Brady has beat Manning 10 out of the 14 times when they have met in the regular and postseason, with Brady winning 2 out of the 3 postseason meetings against Manning.

    In terms of Super Bowl appearances, Super Bowl wins, and overall playoff wins, there is just no beating Tom Brady, darn it!  Brady has twice as many playoff wins as Manning, 3 Super Bowl rings in comparison to Manning’s 1, and 5 Super Bowl appearances compared to Manning’s 2.

    The only hope I have to go on is that since 2005, Manning and Brady have performed almost identically in the postseason.  According to Gary Davenport over at Bleacher Report, after Brady’s first 10 playoff games, Brady is 8-7 in his next 15 playoff games; Manning is 7-6.  (Alright, it isn’t much, but it’s really all I have. That and maybe the nice 60 degree weather in Denver will favor Manning.)

    Guess we’ll all just have to wait and see, but one thing is for certain: Monday morning’s mood will be dependent on the fate of the Patriots, especially this lone Sullivan Tire Jets fan.

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    Do you think the Patriots will make it to the Super Bowl this year? Any game score predictions? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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