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Tom Brady Wants To Be Like Peyton Manning When He Grows Up

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. ó Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning is less of a rivalry and more of a mutual admiration society.

Brady has been tossing bouquets in Manning's direction since the beginning of the week, and he threw a few more his direction at his press conference at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday.

"He's a great player, and I think that you just know you're going to get one of the best offenses in the league," Brady said. "So what that means for me is that our offense has to be at our best. You can't think you're going to go out and score 10 points and win the game. I don't think any of our games have ever really come down to that."

It's always a high-scoring affair when these two lock horns, and the Patriots offense is preparing to put up points in bunches. Brady's teams are 10-5 against Manning's teams, but the winning team has scored 24 points or more in 14 of the 15 meetings between the two future Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks.

But even at 37 years old, and even as he continues to prove he is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league today, Brady looks up to Manning, and even made a joke about it.

"He's always been someone I've really looked up to, and studied, and admired," Brady said. "I mean, he is older than me, has more playing experience than me. Maybe when I'm his age I'll be playing as well as that."

Manning is one of only seven quarterbacks ó along with Brady ó to throw for more than 4,000 passing yards in a season at the age of 36 or older, and he's the only quarterback to throw for more than 5,000 yards after that age.

Brady's task this weekend is not to beat Manning, though, it's to beat the Denver Broncos' defense, coached by coordinator Jack Del Rio. Brady has a strong track record against Del Rio, and has completed 195 of his 273 passes (71.4 percent) for 2,051 yards (7.5 YPA), 18 touchdowns and no interceptions in eight career games.

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