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12 years after their first matchup, Brady and Manning meet again in prime-time game

  • FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2012, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, speak in the middle of the field after the Patriots beat the Broncos 31-21 in an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. Manning and Brady will square off for the 14th time Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, when the Broncos travel to New England. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2012, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, speak in the middle of the field after the Patriots beat the Broncos 31-21 in an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. Manning and Brady will square off for the 14th time Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, when the Broncos travel to New England. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12) throws a pass under pressure from Carolina Panthers' Wes Horton (96) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12) throws a pass under pressure from Carolina Panthers' Wes Horton (96) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)  (The Associated Press)

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have six MVP awards between them in the regular season. They have three more in the Super Bowl.

On Sunday night, two of the NFL's greatest quarterbacks will meet for the 14th time. But there's a new twist. One of them is mired in the middle of the league's passer ratings instead of being near the top.

Brady and his rebuilt receiving corps have had some growing pains. Manning's deep group of pass catchers helped the Denver Broncos (9-1) become the NFL's best offense going into the prime-time game against the New England Patriots (7-3).

The quarterbacks first faced each other in 2001 and Brady is 9-4 in their matchups. He won last year's game, Manning's first with the Broncos against Brady.

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