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Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning: The NFL version of Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird?

Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning: The NFL version of Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird?

This 17th meeting of two storied quarterbacks should have happened on a snowy night in late November, when the then-undefeated New England Patriots played a Week 12 game in the Mile High City.

But instead of being on the sideline opposite Tom Brady at Sports Authority Field, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was cloistered in the equipment room, watching on TV with fellow injured teammate DeMarcus Ware.

"DeMarcus is a big-time second guesser . . . I really enjoyed his commentary during the game," Manning recalled this week during a break from preparations for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Patriots.

"The hot dogs aren't bad in there,...

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