Ton Brady versus Peyton Manning. That's usually been the storyline over the last decade or so when the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots get together.
Now, it's all about Andrew Luck versus Brady, with round one going to the veteran. New England absolutely crushed Indianapolis, 59-24, at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, much due to three return touchdowns. One of those scores was authored by newly acquired corner Aqib Talib, who was playing in his first game as a Patriot.
Of course, Brady had another terrific day, outshining his rookie counterpart. The future Hall-of-Famer threw for three touchdowns in the rout, hitting Rob Gronkowski twice and Julian Edelman once in the end zone.
As talked about on Pats Pulpit by Greg Knopping, the combination of Gronkowski and Edelman had plenty to do with the win:
Brady was terrific, but of course, I have to mention the performances of Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. Gronkowski's was Brady's go-to target all day with seven catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Edelman contributed with two big punt returns (one for a touchdown), a 40-yard reverse, and five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Now, the Patriots have another highly anticipated clash on Thanksgiving night with the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.