As Tom Brady gets set to return to the field in a week, Friday marks the anniversary of one of his career highlights.

It might be hard for some New England Patriots fans to believe, but Brady made his first career start 15 years ago Friday. The start, which came a week after Brady debuted when Drew Bledsoe went down with an injury, began not only a brilliant career but also one of the biggest rivalries in NFL history.

Brady and the Patriots faced the Indianapolis Colts that Sunday in late September, marking the first of many meetings between No. 12 and Peyton Manning. As seemingly was usually the case, Brady and the Patriots got the best of Manning and the Colts.

Brady finished the day with a modest stat line — he completed 13 of 23 passes for 168 yards and no touchdowns — but the Patriots still steamrolled the Colts 44-13. That was thanks in large to three interceptions from Manning, two of which were returned for touchdowns by Otis Smith and Ty Law.

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