Below are some reactions from local writers:
Ralph Vacchiano, Daily News:
On a night when Eli Manning Tebowed, took some indirect shots at Brett Favre’s texting habits and even poked fun at his own manhood, he saved his best shot on “Saturday Night Live” for his older brother, Peyton.
The Giants quarterback scored big with a hilarious commercial spoof for a fictional “Little Brothers” charity, striking a blow for tortured brothers everywhere.
In the skit, the two-time Super Bowl MVP pledged to help kids deal with adversity “especially when that adversity is an older sibling.”
He then told a young boy’s older brother “I’m your worst f----ing nightmare.”
Amy Kurpinsky, The Star-Ledger:
The most successful spot was probably a pre-filmed short for something called "Little Brothers."
That skit's premise: Brutalizing older brothers as payback for their rough ways. "Peyton" is used, and strategically: Manning name-checks his own older brother while stuffing Andy Samberg's character into the trunk of a car for bullying his little brother. The skit trended on Twitter, so that was victory enough.
Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN New York:
Manning did about as good as expected for his first time on “SNL” and with what was written for him. I was disappointed that Manning, who loves to karaoke, did not sing. I guess we’ll have to wait for him to win another Super Bowl to be back on “SNL.”
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk:
Eli also had a few funny lines during a question-and-answer session about his adopted hometown of New York. On the best place to get Italian food in Manhattan, Eli said, “Well, there’s a great place called the Olive Garden.”
Asked for a recommendation on a Broadway show: “Cats. You gotta see Cats. It’s cats who can sing!”
It was a better start than expected, but not as good as Peyton.
But Eli still has the two Super Bowl rings.