Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are headed to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. And their No. 1 fan? That would be the man seen in the family suite cheering loudly immediately after Denver took down the New England Patriots on Sunday; little brother and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
"I’m just happy for him to be in New York and be in a Super Bowl," Eli said following the AFC Championship Game. "Obviously, I play in one in Indianapolis, and he was great to me. Whatever I needed, he was going to try to help me out, and obviously, I’ll do the same for him."
The remarkable scenario the Brother's find themselves in is not one they've given much thought to, says Eli. And although they'll eventually have time to reflect on it, playing Super Bowls in each others home stadiums is remarkable in an of itself, made only more remarkable when you consider that in the last eight Super Bowls, a Manning brother has started at quarterback in five of them.
"I hadn’t thought that deeply about it," Eli added. "Obviously, it is unique that we’ve played for championships in each other’s home stadium, but he’s got another game to play and I’ll be rooting for him hard."
The real question becomes: will Peyton be crashing on Eli's couch? The oldest Manning brother, Cooper Manning, says that's not likely.
"I think it has too much popcorn and peanuts underneath that couch, maybe some nickels lying around [in the cracks]," Cooper joked.
Whether you love them or hate them, fans had better prepare themselves for all Manning all the time over the next two weeks.
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