TWO ELITE QUARTERBACKS. ONE UNFORGETTABLE RIVALRY.

1: MANNING AND BRADY-SPEAK: 'OMAHA' AND 'WHITE 80'

It's hard to top "Omaha" and how it spread like wildfire, so this is one matchup Brady is going to have a tough time "winning." Manning has used other pre-snap calls such as "apple,'' "arrow'' or "taco" and even the names of Hall of Fame quarterbacks such as "Montana'' and, yes, "Elway,'' but his use of "Omaha'' has gotten the love by fans. Brady also has a way with words, invoking the use of "White 80" or "Rex Ryan" or "Bruschi," his former teammate. But when the on-field microphones pick up Brady's verbiage at the line of scrimmage, it serves as a reminder of his complete command of the offense and why former offensive coordinator and current Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien calls his brain the IBM. -- Mike Reiss and Jeff Legwold | Story

2:" SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE:" WHO'S BETTER?

Sure, Brady singing "I won the Tour de France and I did it with no pants'' in his opening monologue in 2005 got the requisite laughs of celebrity athlete stepping out of his public comfort zone. But Manning's 2007 United Way skit will always lead the way for athlete hosts of the long-running show. Manning, throwing to kids in a city park, dropping lines, "Get open, get open, get your head out of your butt. You suck,'' as he rifles a pass at one of the child actors, still gets plenty of action on YouTube or Hulu. There was the "I can't even look at you. You know what? Go sit in the Port-a-let for 20 minutes.'' Or his "consoling'' of one of the players with "I'm sorry, so you want to lose? It's not that hard. I throw. You catch.'' He helped one of the kids get a tattoo, showed them how to steal a car and with the kids gathered around dropped, "Now, I'll kill a snitch. I'm not saying I have and I'm not saying I haven't.'' And the skit closes with, "Spend time with your kids so Peyton Manning doesn't.'' Winner, hands down. -- Jeff Legwold

3: WHEN IT COMES TO AGE, TOM BRADY IS THE JOKESTER

It's pretty much a rite of fall that prior to an upcoming Brady-Manning matchup, Brady slips a lighthearted crack into his remarks to remind Manning who is older. The tale of the age-related tape: Brady turned 38 on Aug. 3, while Manning turned 39 on March 24. That's often the end of the line for NFL quarterbacks, but as we learned from emails of Brady's that were made public during the Deflategate saga of the offseason, he's shooting for another seven or eight seasons, while he sees Manning with just two left in the tank. -- Mike Reiss

4: THE POSTGAME MEDIA SCRUM ON THE FIELD: BREAK OUT THE PADS

This is perhaps one of those times when the photographers should be in pads, too. It can get physical there, everyone jockeying for the best position when No. 18 and No. 12 meet on the field after what is often another epic game. The handshake between the two icons is usually quick and respectful, and sometimes they will catch up after games in the tunnel underneath the stadium away from all the media hubbub. That's what they did in 2011, when Brady introduced Manning to his wife, Gisele Bundchen, as Manning had waited outside the Colts' locker room for Brady so they could catch up. Neat stuff. -- Mike Reiss

5: PEYTON THE AMBASSADOR, EVEN ACROSS ENEMY LINES

One of the underrated moments in the Brady-Manning rivalry came in 2011, the year Manning didn't play because of his neck injury. He still attended the game, watching on the sideline with his Colts teammates, and beforehand he circled Gillette Stadium and signed autographs for fans who had arrived early. Even in a region that has been happy to jeer Manning whenever possible, it was widely viewed as a classy gesture that reflected how he is a true ambassador for the NFL. While Patriots fans are passionate about Brady's standing as the better of the quarterbacks on the field, few in New England can contest the class Manning showed that day. -- Mike Reiss

GAME-WINNING DRIVES

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Manning has led 54 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime (most all-time), while Brady has 39 game-winning drives (fifth all-time), according to Elias Sports Bureau. I once asked a longtime defense coordinator how much time Manning, in his prime, would need to beat you with a timeout in hand. The answer: "45 seconds, from anywhere on the field.'' Even Brady's own coach, Bill Belichick, feared Manning's late-game work enough in a 2009 game that Belichick elected to go for a fourth-and-2, with a six-point lead and just more than two minutes to go in the game. The Patriots didn't convert and Manning led the Colts on a game-winning touchdown four plays later. Brady, however, has run the two-minute drill with the championship on the line, moving the Patriots from deficit to championship on the game's biggest stage. - Jeff Legwold

7: FATHER'S DAY

Is there another iconic rivalry in sports in which the fathers of those involved are such a big part? This might be unmatched: Archie Manning and Tom Brady Sr. Archie, of course, is no stranger to the public eye from his own days as a professional football great. Meanwhile, Tom Sr. isn't afraid to call in to a local sports radio station and let it rip, defending his son and ripping NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the process. Prior to the Patriots-Colts game on Oct. 18, Brady's father said he hoped the Patriots would score 60 points. -- Mike Reiss | Story | Story

8: THIS STORY HAS NO LEGS

There is a "running" joke around the Patriots that when Brady tucks the football to run, it often unfolds in slow motion. One might say the same thing about Manning. No one is confusing these two for Mike Vick, although if it's possible, Brady seems to have become more nimble with age and is the master of the quarterback sneak. Brady edges Manning in the career "rushing" tale of the tape, but just barely: Brady 504 attempts for 876 yards (1.7 avg.) with 17 touchdowns; Manning has 431 attempts for 667 yards (1.5 avg.) with 18 touchdowns. -- Mike Reiss