Two minutes left. Down by four. Need a touchdown.
Who ya got?
You probably can't go wrong with either Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. But, in advance of Sunday's game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots, we're making you pick one.
Naturally, they're biased as all get out, but NBC Sports' Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison have some opinions on the matter. They had front-row seats — or even closer, really — for some of the epic Manning-Brady showdowns and saw greatness in the flesh.
Dungy, who coached Manning for seven years in Indianapolis, naturally has some great things to say about Brady — and it's fascinating to hear how Dungy thinks the two quarterbacks go about manipulating the game so well. But Dungy also picks Manning as his guy in the clutch.
Harrison was by Brady's side for six years during the Manning-Brady heyday, and no shocker: He's picking Brady in a two-minute situation. Moreover, Harrison sheds some light into how he and the Patriots felt they were able to rattle Manning. (Hint: It had a little something to do with getting physical with him and his receivers. Surprised?)
The Dungy clip also is enlightening in the fact that he talks about how Manning and Brady are friends off the field, and how they talk about dissecting opponents' weaknesses — two exceptionally nerdy football minds and two competitors always seeking even the slightest edge in any matchup.
But of course, Manning and Brady never talked about how to exploit each other, or the defenses of the teams they were on when they faced each other. You can bet these two friends are on a cell phone moratorium this week leading up to Sunday night's classic matchup between the 9-1 Broncos and the 7-3 Patriots with AFC supremacy on the line.
Which one will be the hero? We can't wait to find out. Thirteen years later, this rivalry still has as much intrigue and sizzle as it ever has.
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