Originally posted on Denver Post  |  Last updated 12/13/11
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Tom Brady and Tim Tebow.

If it weren’t for Aaron Rodgers, we might be talking about Sunday’s Broncos vs. Patriots matchup as a battle of NFL MVP contenders. (Well, assuming voters would logically choose the player who was most valuable to their team, as opposed to the best player overall, but we digress).

Still, with Tim Tebow lining up opposite Tom Brady, it sets up an intriguing matchup. Fans and critics will be able to compare two wildly different styles and skill sets. And if you think any possible outcome will actually quiet either critics or fans of either QB, you’re nuts.

Regardless, it’s worth comparing Tebow’s and Brady’s statistics this season:

Brady … Category … Tebow

13 … Games started … 8
328 … Completions … 96
496 … Attempts … 198
66.1 … Pct. … 48.5
4,273 … Yards … 1,290
8.6 … Avg. … 6.5
33 … TDs … 11
11 … Interceptions … 2
22-122 … Sacks-Yards lost … 23-129
106.0 … Passer rating … 83.9
28 … Rushing att. … 94
90 … Yards … 517
3.2 … Avg. … 5.5
0 … TD … 3
4-2 … Fumbles-lost … 7-3

And, for yuks, here’s how Tebow compares to Brady’s second year in the NFL in 2001. Tebow has stormed the NFL a conveniently-round 10 years after Brady:

2001 Brady … Category … 2010 Tebow

15 … Games started … 8
264 … Completions … 96
413 … Attempts … 198
63.9 … Pct. … 48.5
2,843 … Yards … 1,290
6.9 … Avg. … 6.5
18 … TDs … 11
12 … Interceptions … 2
41-216 … Sacks-Yards lost … 23-129
86.5 … Passer rating … 83.9
36 … Rushing att. … 94
43 … Yards … 517
1.2 … Avg. … 5.5
0 … TD … 3

Interesting to note: Brady finished his second season in 2001 with a passer rating (86.5) nearly the same as Tebow’s (83.9) in 2011.

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