It seems 17 meetings and 15 seasons of heated rivalries didn’t burn any bridges between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
Brady’s Patriots earned a decisive 16-3 win over the Broncos in Denver on Sunday to clinch their eighth consecutive AFC East title. Bearing witness to New England’s victory was none other than Manning, who helped deliver a Super Bowl to Denver last season before riding off into the sunset.
How do we know Peyton was there? Well, we have photo evidence, courtesy of former Broncos receiver and current Denver radio co-host Brandon Stokley.
That’s a lot of greatness in one photo.
For all of their back-and-forth over the years — remember those emails, Tom? — Brady and Manning do share plenty of respect for each other. Manning was one of the first to congratulate TB12 after he broke Manning’s all-time wins record, and Brady had glowing praise for Manning in the spring after his retirement.
Of course, the 40-year-old Manning probably won’t be rooting for his 39-year-old arch nemesis to win another Super Bowl, but we’re glad they put their on-field rivalry aside for an awesome photo of two of the best to ever do it.
Thumbnail photo via Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports Images
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