It's going to be especially hard for New York Giants fans to endure the Super Bowl festivities about to take place in New Orleans next week. Despite having as much talent as any team in the NFL, Big Blue fell well short of their Super Bowl aspirations in 2012. However, as nauseating as it may be to watch two other teams compete for the right to strip Big Blue of the title of "defending Super Bowl champions," the matchup of the Harbaugh brothers is certainly intriguing.
The Harbaugh brothers will be the first brothers to ever coach against each other in a Super Bowl. The brothers grew up together in Toldeo, Ohio and are aged just a year apart. This is a dynamic that intrigues fans because, quite frankly, it's relatively unprecedented. However, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, whose brother Peyton had an MVP caliber season for the Denver Broncos this year, says that he understands how the Harbaugh brothers feel heading into the matchup next Sunday.
"For me, it was just always, 'Hey, I am going against the Colts defense,' or next year I will be going against the Denver defense," Manning told ESPN. "I am worried about that and I am worried about going out there and trying to play my best."
The Giants will play the Broncos next season at MetLife Stadium, a matchup which will surely garner the attention of the national media. The Manning brothers have played against each other twice in their illustrious careers. Peyton has won each matchup as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.
However, Eli says that although he does think about the prospect of facing his older brother, it in no way effects his thought process during the actual game.
"I might take a moment before the game as the national anthem is going on," Manning said. "And you kind of look over and see your big brother on the other sideline, a pretty neat experience. After the game, give him a hug. But beside that, once the game has started, you are totally focused on doing your job."
In reality, Eli and Peyton do not literally play against each other. They are never on the field at the exact same time. However, just as the Manning brothers will attempt to downplay their matchup next season, Both Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh have publicly diminished the importance of their coaching matchup. While it's fun for the media to talk about, it's not going to matter too much after kickoff.
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