Peyton, Eli Manning prepare to renew friendly rivalry

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“But once the game gets started … you go out there and just play.”

The lead-up is another story altogether.

Peyton noted that he didn’t field a single question about the Giants defense on his conference call with New York media until he raised the issue himself.

“I think that not many people, other players on either team, care a lot about it,” Peyton said. “I do take a little personal time for reflection. Playing against your brother in an NFL game, it’s a little bit different than playing against him in Little League baseball.”

It seems as though everyone likes to compare the Mannings. Except the Mannings. They leave it to others to argue who’s the superior quarterback, the better performer in the clutch, the leading pitchman, even.

“We pull for each other,” Peyton said. “We play the same sport. We have the same job. So we certainly can relate to a lot of the same things that quarterbacks go through. We worked out together this offseason a couple of times, which is always fun. We try to help each other in the offseason.”

They insist they don’t have that typical sibling rivalry where they’re always trying to one up each other.

“Eli and I end up being partners a lot in golf, to tell you the truth. We’re close,” Peyton said.

Eli echoes Peyton when he says this is not a competition between the brothers but their teams.

“For me, if you say I’m better or say I’m worse, I’m not going to be upset either way,” Eli said. “I’m trying to get wins and do my job.”

Same as Peyton.

 

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