Has the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning Debate Come to an End?

Adam HeasleyCorrespondent IFebruary 9, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts reacts as he walks off the field against the New Orleans Saints during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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It has now been two days since Superbowl XLIV. Two story lines havedeveloped from the Superbowl, with both of them regarding each team's quarterback. Saints QB Drew Brees will no longer be over looked, as the Super Bowl MVP will now be put up there with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as one of the top quarterbacks in the league today.

Now, with the other storyline, well let's just say it's not a positive one for Colt fans. Late in the fourth quarter, QB Peyton Manning threw a pass that, in my opinion, epitomizes his playoff career.

For those of you who did not watch the most watched Super Bowl of all-time on Sunday, Manning threw a costly interception that was returned for a touchdown that virtually sealed the game for the underdog New Orleans Saints, who went on to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history.

For now, let's take a breath from the Superbowl and spend it on the debate that has taken the NFL by storm over the last three years. Who's better? Tom Brady or Peyton Manning? Has this Superbowl ended the debate with authority?

Well let's look at the facts. Tom Brady is 32-years old and will be 33 in August, while Peyton Manning is about to turn 34 in March. Brady has spent 10 years in the NFL, while Manning has spent 12 years in tthe league.

Now with all that in mind, let's look at career stats. Brady's Regular season record is 111-27. Manning's record is better at 131-71. Now, if we look at the winning percentage of each quarterback's record, Brady's winning percentage is at 80.4%, while Manning's win percentage is only 64.85%.

If you do not agree, do the math yourself. But, the simple truth is that 80.4% is a lot higher winning percentage than 64.85. While Brady does not have as many wins as Manning, he has won games at a much higher rate than Manning has.

Now, let's next look at the record that really matters in my opinon: Playoff record. Brady has a 14-4 career record in the postseason, while Manning is only 9-9. I do not know about you, but to me a .500 winning percentage is not very impressive, espeicially when you consider the fact that Manning's Colts have had the best record in the regular season three out of the last four years.

Now, how come Manning hasn't been to more Superbowl's and won more? You can't say Brady has had better teams, because the Colts regular season success would kill that argument in my opinion.

Now, let's look at each Quarterback's record breaking seasons. Does anyone remember Manning breaking Dan Marino's single season touchdown record? Yeah?

Well, in case you forgot, that record is now held by Tom Brady.

People can argue that Brady had an awesome receiving core that season (e.g. Moss, Welker, Stallworth and Gaffney), which is something that I agree with as well. But, that receiving core was only intact for one season, as both Daunte Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney left via free agency over the next two seasons.

Peyton Manning has had great receivers his whole career, with the likes of Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Brandon Stokley and now Pierre Garcon catching Manning's passes over the years.

With that said, Brady has won three Superbowl's while throwing to the likes of David Patten, David Givens, Troy Brown and Deion Branch, which many would consider as an average receiving core.

At the end of the day, Tom Brady, to date, has won three Super Bowls and gone to a fourth, while Peyton Manning has only gone 1-1 in the Super Bowl. Additonally, Brady has won those games with less talented teams then Manning's Colts.

And I have one last thing that truly sets them apart. Tom Brady doesn't miss an easy read, to throw a pick six to lose a the Super Bowl. He never has and probaly never will, in my opinion.

While I'm just saying, it's hard to ignore the numbers...they never lie.