ESPN poll says players still think Tom Brady is more clutch than Peyton Manning

Eric Edholm

A new NFL Nation Confidential poll from ESPN shows that many NFL players believe Tom Brady is more clutch than Peyton Manning.

ESPN asked 320 anonymous NFL players: "Two-minute warning and the Super Bowl is on the line. Whom do you want at quarterback?"

Just to be clear, responders could choose anyone they wanted — Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, theoretically, were eligible. They chose Brady (128 votes) over Manning (86), who finished second. Rounding out the top five were Aaron Rodgers (32), Drew Brees (21), and Ben Roethlisberger (20). Peyton's brother, Eli, received nine votes and came in sixth.

Reputations are a hard thing to break. So even though Brady hasn't won a Super Bowl in nine years, Manning has won one since then and he just bested Brady in the AFC title game.

There is no accurate metric to determine a player's clutch factor, but Manning does have more fourth-quarter comebacks (41) than Brady (30) does, and Manning ranks second all-time in that number to his current boss, John Elway, who logged 43 in his career. Brady, however, won his three Super Bowls by overcoming fourth-quarter deficits or ties in those games, and he engineered perhaps the two most stunning comebacks of the 2013 season with a last-second win over the New Orleans Saints and by overcoming a 24-0 deficit to beat Manning's Broncos in Week 12.

So are the players correct? Or do you think Manning (or another quarterback) is more clutch than Brady? Be sure to leave your comments below on this one.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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