Quarterback siblings take center stage

The Giants‘ top three receivers — Burress, Amani Toomer and Steve Smith — have combined to make 40 receptions for 492 yards.

“Anytime your quarterback doesn’t make turnovers and he has some targets to throw to, and he has a good running game and [the team plays] well defensively — all around the board, they do a good job,” Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour said.

While Thomas and Seymour see a player who is more managing a game than winning it, Manning’s progress has caught safety Rodney Harrison’s attention.

“He’s a guy that’s playing a heck of a lot better than how he played in the middle and first part of the season,” Harrison said. “He’s a guy that just looks like a veteran quarterback. He’s really taking the Giants offense on his shoulders and is leading them.”

What has impressed Peyton the most about Eli’s road to the Super Bowl is the stadiums he has won in — defeating three division champions in as many weeks.

“He’s learned a lot and has seen a lot of different situations,” Peyton said. “Experience is your best teacher. The more you can draw on your previous experiences for two-minute drills, red zone situations, third- and fourth-down conversions, knowing you’ve done it before, you can draw on that.

“What he’s been able to do in these last three playoff games in as high a pressure situation as you could get … it’s a real confidence booster for him and their team knowing he’s done it before and he can certainly do it again.”

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