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The Mannings: The Thorn in Tom Brady’s Side

You know who probably isn’t the biggest fan of Archie Manning? Tom Brady. His spawn has proven to be the bane of Tom Brady’s (NFL) existence. Let’s explore:

In the early 2000’s, Brady was the NFL’s wunderkind: after leading the Patriots to their first ever Superbowl win in 2002, he did it again in 2004 and 2005. That’s not only three Superbowl appearances in four years but three victories. Hot damn.

It was the makings of a legendary, smashing, mind-blowing career — but for the Mannings.

In 2007, Brady was robbed of the chance to appear in another Superbowl: by the Colts and a gent named Peyton. The AFC Championship score was a narrow (i.e., brutal) 38-34. (Peyton would go on to win the big game.)

The following year, Brady made it to the Superbowl — only to lose to Peyton’s little brother, Eli (in another crushingly close loss — the score being 17-14). Brady’s loss was one of the biggest shockers in NFL history (if not the biggest): Eli and the Giants had made it to the Superbowl as a wildcard team with a lackluster 10-6 record — meanwhile, the Patriots were gliding into the big game with an undefeated record (the only other team to have done so besides the ’72 Dolphins). It was so certain the Pats would prevail, and Brady would add another Superbowl ring to his collection, that his then-girlfriend, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, haughtily proclaimed: “If the Patriots lose, I’ll run naked through midtown Manhattan.”

Well, Archie Manning’s offspring bested Brady yet again in the most unexpected day / way imaginable.

Fast forward to 2012, where Eli and Brady faced off again in the Superbowl. And again, Brady came up short, losing 21-17.

And this year, 2014, Brady lost the AFC Championship to Denver Broncos, helmed by Peyton.

When it isn’t one brother doing in Brady’s chances, it’s the other.

Geez, maybe the Gisele curse is true???


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