But Luck didn’t get off to a great start in his first game against New England in November 2012. He threw two interceptions that were run back for touchdowns in a 59-24 loss to the Patriots.
Meanwhile, Manning, who signed with Denver after being released by Indianapolis, has flourished during his two years with the Broncos. His 2013 season was the best any quarterback has had in NFL history. He broke Brady’s touchdown record by five as well as Drew Breeze’s record for most passing yards while putting Denver in the record book as the highest-scoring offense ever — better than the 2007 Patriots team that went 18-0 before losing a heart-breaker to Manning’s brother Eli and the Giants in the Super Bowl.
While Manning’s season lifted the Broncos to the best record in the AFC and home field advantage through the play-offs this year, he did lose to Brady for the second year in a row since signing with Denver. In that game, the Pats overcame a 24-0 deficit and went on to win 34-31 in over time.
The football experts were predicting and hoping for another Manning-Brady showdown in Denver next week, with the right to go to the Super Bowl on the line. This scenario could only dull the shine of the sterling Pats-Colts rivalry.
But Luck had his chance to say something about that last night. With Brady signed for and expecting to play at least another two years for the Pats and the Colts scheduled to face New England at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, the talented, young quarterback will have a chance to duel Brady a few more times. If Luck and Brady shine in future games, this will solidify the Pats-Colts rivalry as a marque match-up.