INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants and Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts embrace following the Colts 38-14 win at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
KUSA - When they look across the field at each other during the national anthem of Sunday's game it might as well be their backyard. Peyton and Eli Manning - the most prolific brother quarterback combination in NFL history - have already gone head to head a million times before.
Only in this situation there will be 70-thousand people watching - plus millions more in households - and Archie, their father and former NFL quarterback as well, probably won't be in the rickety bleachers with his handheld camcorder.
"Playing against your brother in an NFL game, it's a little bit different than playing against him in Little League baseball," Peyton said.
The Manning siblings have taken on each other with Peyton, the elder brother, getting the better of Eli on two occasions. (Little brothers everywhere want a rematch already.)
Peyton, with the Indianapolis Colts for both games, was as efficient as always. He threw for a combined 45-for-67 and 531 yards, along with four touchdowns and a single interceptions. Eli was also able to put up sensible outings in losing efforts. He finished 33-for-58 for 408 yards while matching his brother with four touchdowns and throwing a pair of picks.
Due to NFL scheduling procedures, after Sunday Peyton Manning and the Broncos won't meet Eli and the Giants for another four seasons. So this could realistically be the final chance for the brother have to confront each other in the NFL.
And while it's not in their nature to get reminiscent, rarely do they lose focus for a second on Sundays, they will make an exception at MetLife Stadium.
"This will be the third time, possibly could be the last time. I think I will take a moment there, whenever it is-in pregame warm-ups, the national anthem, coin toss, whenever that is-I think you do take a moment there. And you kind of capture it and hold onto it," said Peyton.
Archie and Olivia, as well as the rest of the Manning family tends to stay out of the way during these matchups. They feign to pick sides, as parents do - even those of Super Bowl winning quarterbacks - as to not show any favoritism.
It seems to be merely a note of consolation that at no point during the game will each Manning be on the field at the same time. That certainly won't stop both Peyton and Eli from trying to win, what they have done their whole lives.
"It is the same person that you grew up with. So it is unique and I think you do take a moment to realize that it is special," continued Peyton. "But once the game gets started, all week the focus is on their defense, and you can go out there and just play."
This isn't any ordinary matchup, they are more than smart enough to comprehend that. A nod or a look is all they'll need to be reflective, then it's back to what siblings know to be the most important, beating your brother.
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