Headed to 10th Super Bowl, Tom Brady Still Bothered By Losses to Eli Manning and NY Giants

Manning is the only quarterback to beat Brady in the Super Bowl twice

Headed to 10th Super Bowl, Tom Brady Still Bothered By Losses to Eli Manning and NY Giants
Tom Brady greets Eli Manning after a preseason game in August 2019.
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After this season is done in less than two weeks, 10 of Tom Brady’s 21 campaigns in the National Football League will have ended with him playing in the Super Bowl.

That means, in addition to suiting up for 18 percent of the Super Bowls that have ever been played, Brady has made it to the final game of the year at a clip of 47.6 percent, a mark that is is higher than Steph Curry’s career three-point percentage (43.3 percent).

While we don’t know how he’ll fare against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Tampa Bay on February 7, we do know the 43-year-old quarterback has gone 6-3 in his nine prior appearances in the big game, all with the New England Patriots.

Of Brady’s three losses in the Super Bowl, two came at the hands of Eli Manning and, according to the retired New York Giants quarterback, they still eat at the veteran QB.

“It’s one of those things, it’s not something I ever say or ever think a lot about,’’ Manning told The New York Post this week. “I’ve been around Tom numerous times, and I’ve never brought up a Super Bowl or our games versus them. He actually brings it up. It still bothers him a little bit, especially the ’07 one when they had the chance to go down as the greatest team of all time. But I don’t have any bragging rights with Tom. This is his 10th Super Bowl, and I’m so impressed with his whole career.’’

Manning, who was named MVP of the Super Bowls after the ’07 and ’11 seasons, is the only quarterback other than Nick Foles, who led the Eagles to a win over the Patriots three seasons ago, to beat Brady in the Super Bowl.

The 40-year-old retiree, who will likely be in Canton one day, still has a relationship with Brady but it doesn’t make him root for or against his former football foe.

“I still watch the game and usually root for the quarterbacks in certain situations, especially the fourth quarter — whoever has the ball, I’m rooting for the quarterback and rooting for the offense to make plays,” Manning told The Post.

As for Super Bowl LV, Manning didn’t say if Mahomes could become his (half) equal by beating Brady in the final game of the season. But he did offer a prediction of sorts by saying whichever quarterback has the ball last will win.

“Usually, that’s how it works with these guys,” he said.

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