I've been an NFL and Patriot fan since the Bledsoe era. I've seen every single game in the Brady v Manning rivalry, and remember a lot of them in decent enough detail. I have to say, as a Patriot fan, looking at it from the perspective of a New Englander, I do not have the same awe for Peyton Manning that other fan bases have. I don't see him as a towering NFL figure that needs to be overcome. I'm not scared when his team is coming to town. To me, long before it even reached the point of being 10-4, I just see Peyton Manning as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick's *****. Pardon the language. I know it's an NFL formality to say "Yes, I respect Peyton Manning," "Yes, Peyton Manning is great," blah blah blah, but really? Why? Nobody has given the world more Peyton Manning pouty faces than Tom Brady. Consider this: The last few years, Baltimore became a conference rival. We had their number for a long time, but in the last few years, Baltimore fans had reason not to fear Brady like other fan bases do. Now multiply that by a factor of 6+ (Ravens had our number two years, we've had Peyton's for over 12, and in a much more dominant way), and so how, honestly are Patriot fans supposed to see Peyton Manning? Goodbye, sweet Prince. You were the #1 draft pick, the media covers for you in ways I'll never understand, and everyone thinks you're great because of the month of September... But we're from New England. So here you're just... Peyton Manning.