Brady or Manning next challenge for Colts

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts were back at the team’s facility Sunday morning getting treatment and lifting weights before heading home in the snowstorm to hop on their couch and get ready to watch the Cincinnati Bengals-San Diego Chargers game.

That game means a lot to the Colts because it’ll determine who they’ll play in the playoffs next weekend.

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos or Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

That’s like choosing between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

Good luck.

“I’m not sure there’s much of a difference,” Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman said. “Both of them do a lot of things. Both of them make a lot of checks at the line of scrimmage. They both have some pretty good offenses. It doesn’t matter who we play it’s going to be a tough battle.”

The Colts will travel to New England if the Chargers are able to pull off the upset. They’ll go to Denver for a rematch against Manning if the Bengals win.

Manning led the league in passing and touchdowns. Brady was sixth in the league in passing despite being forced to get the most out of a relatively unknown receiving group.

The Colts beat the Broncos 39-33 in Week 7 despite Manning passing for 386 yards and three touchdowns.

The Colts and Patriots played in the regular season in 2012. New England easily won that game 59-24 with Brady throwing for 331 yards and three touchdowns.

Manning and Brady have combined to win four Super Bowls in their careers.

“Either way it’s a huge undertaking, a huge challenge as we know, two of the best that ever played the game,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We’ve faced both, we know both. It’ll be a huge challenge. They’re both great quarterbacks and they’re both winners. Got Super Bowl rings to prove it.”