The NFL NFC and AFC conference championships both played out yesterday, determining the Super Bowl matchup of the Denver Broncos vs. the Seattle Seahawks. To make things more interesting, we took a look at mentions of quarterbacks Peyton Manning of the Broncos and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots on Twitter, before, during and after they played out the AFC championship game. We were curious if the same name would come out ahead in social mentions as in the game itself. The verdict?
Tom Brady came away with about 13% of the mentions in the overall conversation, but Peyton Manning got ahead of him with 15%. And while the range of things said about professional athletes on Twitter is impressive, the two tweets below naming the QBs sum up the mood around each of their mentions pretty well.
The most retweeted tweet mentioning Brady:
Tom Brady”s Wishlist: -A defense -Wes Welker -New Uggs -Chocolate to make him feel better about himself #NEvsDEN
— NOTSportsCenter NFL (@NOTSCNFL) January 19, 2014
And the most retweeted tweet mentioning Manning:
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 19, 2014
This just didn’t turn out to be Brady’s year. Better luck next time, Brady! In the meantime, we’ll keep an eye on the talk around Manning and much more as the Super Bowl approaches.