In the world of the Giants, they are preparing to host the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks next week at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. QB Eli Manning is more concerned with assisting brother Peyton, who with the rest of the Denver Broncos will be out at the Jets' facility in Florham Park.
“I’m rooting for him,” Manning said on a conference call yesterday, per the Giants. “It’s not like watching any other football game. If I’m watching two other teams, I’m kind of casually watching and don’t really care who wins or loses. Here, it’s a little bit more nerve-wracking. I don’t get nervous playing football games, I get nervous watching my brother play.”
Two years ago Peyton, still an Indianapolis Colt, hosted Eli when the Giants played the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium. Eli plans to return the favor this week.
“It is pretty unique that each of us, that I got one in Indianapolis and he’s trying to get one playing in a Super Bowl in New York,” Manning said. “I guess it’s pretty ironic.”
Travel, media hoopla and game prep will be occupying Peyton's calendar this week, so Eli is stepping in alleviate the load on his older brother.
“Obviously, I know what it’s like with the Super Bowl and a lot of people are trying to figure out if they’re coming to the game, so I’m trying to take some of that stress off of him and help manage some of those things,” Eli said. “That way, he can focus on work and getting the game plan. I’ve kind of been in touch with him about that, but that’s basically the only contact we’ve had this week.”