The rivalry is still alive.
“I never really thought I’d say this, but Peyton Manning’s kinda killing it. Yeah, we are indoors, though.”
During his time with both the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, Manning was unquestionably the Patriots’ top AFC competition over the course of his 18-year NFL career.
Though his outdoor play improved after landing with the Broncos in 2012, there are certainly a few prior examples where not playing in the friendly confines of a domed environment impacted his game – most notably a pair of matchups in Foxboro during the playoffs that followed the 2003 and 2004 regular seasons.
The Patriots shut Manning down in both of those meetings, limiting the star quarterback to a combined one touchdown and five interceptions in two key New England victories that led to the second and third Super Bowl titles of the Brady-Belichick era.
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