- Associated Press - Monday, January 23, 2012

Hey, Indianapolis. A Manning will be playing in your Super Bowl, after all.

No, not that one.

It’ll be Eli Manning leading the New York Giants to a Super Bowl rematch against the New England Patriots _ and this time on older brother Peyton’s home field.

“It doesn’t matter to me where you’re playing it or the fact that it’s in Indianapolis,” Eli Manning said. “I’m just excited about being in one.”

And if the Giants can pull this one off, Eli will have sibling bragging rights with one more Super Bowl ring than Peyton, who missed this season for the Colts after having neck surgery.

It sure won’t be easy for the Giants, though. Four years after New York stunned previously undefeated New England in the Arizona desert, they’ll play a Super sequel.

Eli vs. Brady. Coughlin vs. Belichick. The Giants vs. the Patriots.

Sound familiar? Here we go again.

“It’s awesome and we look forward to the challenge,” Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora said. “They are a great football team. They have always been a great football team. We are looking forward to it, and it’s going to be a great game.”

Well, judging from the last time these teams met in the Super Bowl _ David Tyree’s jaw-dropping, helmet-pinning catch and all _ it just might be.

“Being in this situation is a great moment,” Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork said. “You have to cherish this moment.”

New England (15-3) opened as a 3-point favorite for the Feb. 5 game against New York (12-7), but the Patriots know all about being in this position. They were favored by 12 points and pursuing perfection in 2008, but New York’s defense battered Brady, and Manning connected with Plaxico Burress on a late touchdown to win the Giants‘ third Super Bowl.

That TD came, of course, a few moments after one of the biggest plays in playoff history: Manning escaping the grasp of Patriots defenders and finding Tyree, who put New York in scoring position by trapping the football against his helmet.

“Hopefully, we will have the same result,” Umenyiora said. “We still have one more game to go, but this is truly unbelievable.”

Especially since the Giants appeared on the verge of collapsing with Tom Coughlin’s job status in jeopardy just a month ago, when they fell to 7-7 with an embarrassing loss to the Washington Redskins on Dec. 18.

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