While neither Tom Brady or Eli Manning will be playing the Colts or Manning, Peyton that is, in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl, let’s take a look at their record in Indy to possibly gauge how they will perform there.
Despite his lengthy career and the fact that the Colts and Patriots seemingly play every year, Brady has actually only quarterbacked the Patriots in Indianapolis 4 times during the regular season and 1 time during the playoffs. The rest of the meetings came at Foxborough.
His first game in Indianapolis actually came in his first game as a starter. While he had played the week before against the Jets when Drew Bledsoe went down, his first game starting came on October 21, 2001. In that game the Patriots dominated from the start. The final score had the Patriots winning by a score of 38-17.
His next meeting there came on November 30, 2003. At that time the Patriots were defending Super Bowl Champions. When the final gun sounded the Patriots were victorious by a score of 38-34.
His next game in Indy came almost three and a half years later on January 21,2007. This was Brady’s only appearance in the post season in Indianapolis. The Patriots began fast and furious in this game going up 21-3. However, the Colts came storming back. This game eventually saw the Colts come out on top when Brady threw a fourth quarter interception. The final score was the Colts 38 and the Patriots 34.
The next match up came on November 4,2007. In this game the Patriots were victorious by a score of 24-20.
His final game in Indy came on November 15, 2009. This was the closest game of them all and saw the Patriots lose by a score of 35-34.
It should also be noted that the first 3 regular season match ups and the one post season appearance came in the old stadium, The RCA Dome. His fourth and final appearance in Indy, came in the new stadium, Lucas Oil Field, which was opened in 2008 during which time, Tom Brady was out with a season ending knee injury.
All in all, Brady is 3-1 in the regular season there. He is 0-1 in the playoffs. His total record in Indianapolis is 3-2. However, he has yet to win in the new stadium in Indy.
Eli has only played in Indianapolis one time, on September 19, 2010. In that contest, Eli and the Giants got pummeled. When the final gun sounded Eli’s Giants lost by a score of 38-14.
Therefore, neither Tom Brady or Eli Manning have won at Lucas Oil Field. However, that is about to change.