Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning on Sunday night delivered another classic game–and monster ratings.
Brady’s Patriots beat Manning’s Broncos in windy Foxborough on Sunday night on Sunday Night Football 34-31 in overtime after trailing 24-0 at halftime. The game ended when New England’s Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:56 left in overtime. The Patriots got the ball back when Denver’s Tony Carter didn’t hear Wes Welker calling players off and let a punt hit him two plays before. The ball then became live, and the Patriots recovered.
The game was thrilling, and fans, who normally tune in to live sports like the NFL, were captivated and stayed with the game until the end. This was the 14th time Brady and Manning have met, and Brady has a 10-4 record against Manning.
According to Deadline:
Tom Brady’s heroics last night delivered big ratings for what already had been billed as a marquee “Manning-Brady XIV” matchup. The fourteenth faceoff between the NFL superstars, which featured an epic comeback for the Brady-led Patriots over Peyton Manning’s Broncos from 0-24 after the first half to a thrilling win in overtime, drew a 17.0 overnight household rating from 8:30 PM-12:30 AM. That was the highest primetime overnight for a November game in 17 years, the second highest rated SNF game this season behind the 17.3 for Manning’s return to Indianapolis on Oct. 20, and the fifth highest rated overall in SNF’s eight-year history.