That was until Manning threw a Super Bowl-sealing pick six to Tracy Porter that set off a wild celebration down on the Bayou and cemented a 31-17 Super Bowl XLIV victory for New Orleans.
The reality is that the Brady-Manning debate is one that will continue as long as the two iconic QBs are in the league. If you had asked folks before Super Bowl XLII who was better you would have heard a chorus of supporters for Brady. Two years later folks said it wasn't even close -- it was Manning. One ill-fated Manning pass later and people had flip-flopped back to Brady.
Why don't we wait until their careers are over to make the final judgment? In the meantime, the best NFL QB conversation has a new candidate for discussion -- Drew Brees.
Maybe the Brady-Manning debate is temporarily rendered moot because Brees is better than both of them right now.
...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.