New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady notched his 200th NFL career victory on Sunday with a 22-17 comeback over the New York Jets.
Trailing for much of the game at MetLife Stadium, Brady led a nine-play, 83-yard drive that ended with an eight-yard pass to Malcolm Mitchell with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Brady threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns in the victory as the Patriots marched even closer to an eighth successive AFC East title. The 39-year-old needed just 47 passing yards to get to 60,000 for his career and reached the milestone with an eight-yard pass to Chris Hogan early in the second quarter.
The four-time Super Bowl champion joined Manning, Hall of Famer Brett Favre, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Miami Dolphins Hall of Famer Dan Marino as the only players with at least 60,000 career passing yards.
Brady was tied with Favre with 199 wins, but now joins Manning as the only quarterbacks to win 200 games. The three-time NFL MVP required far fewer games than Favre or Manning to get there.
Favre went 199-123 as an NFL starter, including the playoffs, for a winning percentage of .618.
Manning, whose 200th career win came in Super Bowl 50, played in 292 career games, including the postseason. His winning percentage was .685, which would be the highest all time if not for Brady.
Brady now has 200 wins with only 61 defeats for a winning percentage of .766. Of the 15 winningest quarterbacks in NFL history, only Steve Young had fewer losses (55), but Young won only 102 games.
Because Brady and Manning were contemporaries whose teams were perennial contenders in the AFC, the two developed a healthy rivalry.
Brady got the better of Manning overall, going 11-6, but the latter owned a 3-2 edge in the postseason, including a victory in last season's AFC championship game.
The two faced off in the AFC championship four times with Manning winning the first following the 2003 season. But Manning bested Brady's Patriots in the 2006 AFC championship game before leading the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl championship.
With the Denver Broncos in 2013, Manning again beat Brady in the AFC title tilt.
But Manning, who was the NFL MVP a record five times, won just two Super Bowls in four appearances. Brady, a two-time league MVP, has four Super Bowl titles in six championship games.
The scary thing is Brady - a MVP candidate despite missing the first four games of the season because of his 'Deflategate' suspension - is not showing any signs of slowing down. The Patriots (9-2) are favourites to represent the AFC in Super Bowl LI.