Peyton Manning’s Conversation With Bill Belichick After The AFC Championship Game
The rivalry is often framed as "Brady-Manning," but in reality, it's probably better described as Belichick-Manning given Peyton's obsessive tactical preparation and in-game play-calling. For the better part of his 18-year NFL career, Peyton's essentially been a coach who can throw a football forty yards, while Tom Brady has been Belichick's Hall of Fame passing monkey. "Pass monkey! Pass!" That's at least part of the reason why it's so interesting to watch the New England Patriots coach exchange pleasantries with his arch-nemesis after Sunday's AFC Championship -- a game that gave Manning a 3-2 edge over the Patriots in the playoffs.
After Belichick mumbled something inaudible in his ear, Manning could be heard acknowledging he's most likely retiring after the season. "This is probably my last rodeo, so it sure has been a pleasure," he said.
"You're a great competitor," Belichick responded before trailing off with another inaudible soundbite.
Here's another fun fact about their history: the Manning family has been responsible for all five of Belichick's playoff loses after the Divisional round. So, while it's obvious that he harbors a massive amount of respect for the guy, I can't imagine Belichick's all that sad to see one of Archie's kids walk away.
— NFL (@NFL) January 26, 2016
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