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The real rivalry: Manning vs. Belichick

We go inside the numbers to find out why Peyton has had Patriots' number recently

Updated: November 19, 2010, 11:22 AM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPNBoston.com

They're the two biggest names in the NFL, so it's easy to paint Sunday's game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts as a battle between quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

But that has never really been the case.

Brady has performed consistently well against the Colts, with the exception of a dreadful four-interception game in 2006. His 97.5 passer rating in seven wins is not significantly higher than his 85.2 rating in four losses.

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