Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are destined for Canton. There's little left in their careers for them to accomplish. At this point, they're polishing credentials and trying to climb the list in the "Best All-Time" debate.
For all of the ways the two have been connected throughout their careers, this weekend, and this year's postseason mean very different things for No. 12 and No. 18.
Albert Breer and Kirk Minihane join Gary Tanguay on Arbella Early Edition to debate the implications for Brady and Manning.
"It's just to enhance [Brady's] legacy," says Breer. "I think it's secure with the three Super Bowl rings. Right now he's in the high-rent district so you're talking about parsing whether he's better than Unitas or Montana."
"He's already Top 5 all-time. I think you can start to make the argument now that he's the greatest ever. I think getting a fourth Super Bowl title, then it's hard to argue Montana's case against his because then he's going to have gone to six [Super Bowls] and won four."
The same can't be said for Manning.
"The thing with Manning is, he has to win just to get in that conversation," says Minihane. "Right now he's a level below [Brady]."
"I don't think there's an athlete, maybe since LeBron James a couple years ago, who faces the pressure Manning faces this weekend. He has to win."
When it comes to regular season hardware and statistics, Manning is as good as they come. This season, Manning made history with new records for touchdown passes (55) and passing yards (5,477). But when the pressure mounts and the playoffs begin, Manning has been a mere mortal.
"This is a guy who, for as great as he's been, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, a guy who has been 1-and-done in the playoffs eight separate times," says Breer. "There are so many of examples of a team that Peyton Manning is leading, going into the playoffs looking unstoppable, and getting there and somehow the wheels come off."