NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Hey, Indianapolis. A Manning will be playing in your Super Bowl, after all.
No, not that one.
It’ll be Eli Manning leading the 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.”
“I block for Eli,” said offensive lineman David Diehl. “I don’t block for Peyton, and there is nobody else I want behind me. We’re the New York Giants. We’re not the Colts and we’re going there to win this game.”
Five plays after the 49ers’ Kyle Williams fumbled a punt, Lawrence Tynes kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime, sending the Giants to the Super Bowl with a 20-17 victory over San Francisco in the NFC championship game on Sunday.
Holder Steve Weatherford celebrated with a slip-and-slide on his back down the soggy field. Victor Cruz fell to his knees. Tynes quickly found his crying wife for a warm hug. Manning tossed his gloves into the temporary seats with a big smile, then received a surprise visit from big brother, Peyton, in the locker room.
“I told him I loved him,” Peyton told reporters afterward. “I told him I was proud of him.”
Manning went 32 of 58 for 316 yards and two touchdowns and overcame six sacks in his record fifth road playoff win, New York’s fifth in a row overall. Manning orchestrated five fourth-quarter wins during the regular season.
And in two weeks, the Giants’ Manning will have a chance to surpass his older brother with a second championship ring.
“I’m just proud as a quarterback to see the way he’s played,” said Peyton. “I’m even more proud as his brother.”
Peyton wouldn’t comment on his neck injury or the possibility of somehow landing with the Jets. He instead threw all his star power behind little brother Eli.
“It is Eli’s day. Go Giants,” said Manning. “It’s all about the Giants now.”
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