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Broncos win debunks Brady-owning-Manning narrative

Not to let facts get in the way of that fun narrative, but Manning owns Brady. Period. End of discussion.

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The real world is a hard place.

When you live in delusion and fantasy, reality sometimes smacks you in the face and leaves you dumbfounded.

Such is the case for the fans and media in Boston right now. Like Tom Brady in the AFC Championship Game, they have no idea what just hit them.

One day later, they refuse to believe it. They just cannot accept it. They've entered the Twelve Stages of Grief.

It's called reality.

For the longest time, all we have heard when it comes to this historic rivalry is that Brady owns Peyton Manning. And it's not even close.

Manning has too many one-and-dones, he's the best regular season quarterback in history but one of the worst in the playoffs - if not the worst. Brady, meanwhile, has four Super Bowl rings.

"Count the rings."

"They hate us cuz they ain't us."

Not to let facts get in the way of that fun narrative, but Manning owns Brady. Period. End of discussion.

Especially now after the Denver Broncos 20-18 win on Sunday over the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

In fact, the Manning family owns Brady, but let's focus on PFM for now.

We have to start small.

Since the narrative has been Manning cannot get it done in the playoffs, he now holds a 3-1 record in AFC title games over Brady.

Wait, wha?!?

Yeah, it doesn't exactly fit the narrative from above, does it?

Here's another one: Brady hasn't beat Manning in the playoffs since 2005.

In the playoffs, it's now 3-2. Neither has defeated the other on the road.

The huge edge Brady has over Manning in the head-to-head matchup comes from the regular season. But isn't the reason Brady has a "greater legacy" over Manning because of the playoffs?

Speaking of the playoffs ...

Manning is the first quarterback in NFL history to take two different teams to multiple Super Bowls.

He's the first quarterback in NFL history to take multiple teams, each led by different coaches, to the Super Bowl - that number is four.

If the Broncos win Super Bowl 50, Manning will become the first quarterback in NFL history to win multiple Super Bowls with different teams.

But let's keep it simple. The real world is a tough place when you've lived in denial for so long: 3-1.

Never again can the old, tired, nonsensical narrative that Brady owns Manning get pushed.

No doubt some will try. Despite the facts and truth, they will argue "more rings" and think that ends the discussion. Yet only one of those rings will have come from a head-to-head matchup against a team with Manning as the quarterback.

If Denver beats the Carolina Panthers, Manning has two. We established that math is hard, but two is greater than one.

In fact, let's just the end debate once and for all.

Right here. Right now.

Both Brady and Manning have accomplished what none have before. Oh, wait that's not true since Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw each won four Super Bowls.

It just doesn't stop with Manning owning Brady.

The Broncos own Brady.

Brady has a stellar mark of 2-7 in the Mile High City. The two quarterbacks he beat? Gunslingers Danny Kanell and Tim Tebow.

All-time, Brady is 6-9 against the Broncos, and 1-3 in the playoffs. That's the only team he has a losing record against.

When it comes to the two teams, Denver is 27-20 against the Patriots, 4-1 in the playoffs.

Those numbers take away from the stat that matters most.

Soak up this stat, Broncos Country: 3-1.

It's the truth fans and media in Boston fail to accept or believe. No longer does their long-held narrative hold water.

Broncos Country should take the higher road. What Patriots fans and media need right now to hasten their Twelve Stages of Grief is a Mile High hug.