Tom Brady will set an NFL record on Sunday by playing in the 31st postseason game of his career.
Brady is currently tied with his former teammate Adam Vinatieri, with an NFL record 30 postseason games played. When Brady takes his first snap on Sunday in Denver, he’ll officially have the record all to himself.
Peyton Manning isn’t far behind Brady on the all-time postseason games played record. Sunday will be Manning’s 26th career postseason game, which is the fifth-most for any NFL player and second only to Brady for a quarterback.
The only players at any position with more postseason games played than Manning’s soon-to-be 26 are Brady, Vinatieri, Jerry Rice with 29, and former Cowboy D.D. Lewis with 27. Manning is moving into a tie with former Cowboy Larry Cole and longtime NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski with 26 career postseason games played.
The active player with the next-most career playoff games is Vince Wilfork, who has played in 22 postseason games — 21 as Brady’s teammate in New England, and one this year in Houston.
The Super Bowl will either be Brady’s 32nd postseason game or Manning’s 27th.