Eli and Peyton Manning have each won a Super Bowl, and been named MVP of the game. Now Eli Manning will be leading the New York Giants into Super Bowl XLVL against the New England Patriots in Indianapolis, where brother Peyton has put together a Hall of Fame career.
Has Eli Manning surpassed his brother? Let the debates begin.
The New York Times pointed out that Eli Manning is now the new leader among active players in consecutive starts by an NFL quarterback with 119 games. He showed his durability despite being sacked six times and hit often on Sunday. He did not fumble, and did not have a pass intercepted.
But Chris Baldwin of Culture Map Houston suggests that no one would be making comparisons about Eli being the better Manning if San Francisco punt returner Kyle Williams doesn’t fumble the punt in overtime. Baldwin mentions that Peyton Manning is a four-time NFL MVP, and has thrown for nearly 55,000 yard sand 399 touchdowns, and says Eli isn’t in his league.
In an Associated Press report on Fox News, Tim Dahlberg remembers how Giants fans questioned Eli Manning’s leadership after he first arrived in New York. But he led the Giants to two wins in the final regular-season games to earn their playoff position, took them through three playoff wins to reach the Super Bowl, and became an undisputed leader.
Dahlberg says people who bet against Manning and the Giants are doing so at their own risk.
For his part, Peyton Manning fully supports what his younger brother has accomplished.
“The Giants have had a great run the last few weeks, and I couldn’t be more proud of Eli and how he’s played all year,” Peyton said, according to the Washington Post. “He’s been clutch. Fourth-quarter comebacks. When they’ve needed him, he’s always been there.”
On the possibility of Peyton Manning ending up with the New York Jets, Eli told ESPN New York, "It would be interesting. To have your brother that close to you and playing in New York would be very unique. It would be fun."