There will be an awkward moment at the end of Super Bowl XLVII when one Harbaugh brother celebrates while the other laments a loss in the biggest game of his life. Eli Manning can relate to that, having already lost to his brother Peyton in an NFL game twice.
But he knows that what the Harbaugh boys will experience on Sunday is nothing compared to what their parents will feel. And if Eli and Peyton ever get to a Super Bowl together, he knows it would be tough for Archie and Olivia, too.
"I think they would be the proudest parents for those two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl," Manning said on Friday. "But that Sunday during the game would be tough on them. And afterwards it would be tough to be so happy for one of their kids for winning a championship and feeling bad about the other one who just lost. I wouldn't want them to feel that bad about Peyton in that situation."
All jokes aside, there was a time when it looked like Eli and Peyton were on a collision course to meet in the Super Bowl in their hometown. But when Eli's Giants missed the playoffs and Peyton's Broncos lost in the divisional round, the Harbaughs ended up as the new First Family of New Orleans for this week.
Coincidentally, there will be a Manning Bowl III next fall, when the Broncos come to the Meadowlands to face the Giants. Peyton won the first two matchups — 26-21 at the Meadowlands in 2006 and 38-14 in Indianapolis in 2010 — leaving the parents to feel sorry for their youngest son. Eli also got postgame consoling from his big brother, too.
"Peyton and I, we support each other," Eli said. "We know how important (it is). Football is our life. It's our occupation. We try very hard and each game is important. Afterwards (it's), 'Hey, good game. Love you. You played your heart out.' On the field it's just a quick handshake and we say, 'I'll meet you outside the locker room' for a private discussion. You talk about a few plays and go from there.
Giants QB Eli Manning insists he would 'never dread' the chance to play in Super Bowl against Peyton
New York Daily News | Feb 2