Welp, the sibling rivalry is all tied up. Peyton Manning pulled even with his little brother in world championships on Sunday night as the Broncos eased away from the Panthers for a 24-10 win in Super Bowl 50.
For as much clamor as there was about Eli being the beneficiary of his defense during his first win, though, there's no doubt the Broncos' D carried Peyton to his second ring. The NFL's top statistical defensive unit racked up seven sacks of Cam Newton (abusing poor Michael Oher in the process) and wrenched away four turnovers. Peyton, reduced to a glorified game manager by age and injury, completed just 13 passes for 141 yards, no touchdowns and a pick.
It was Von Miller (2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles), not Peyton, who took home the game's most valuable player trophy, leaving Eli with at least one bragging right over big bro: Eli has two Super Bowl MVPs, Peyton has one.
The Manning brothers have now combined to win four of the last 10 Super Bowls. Let's take a quick look at each statistical performance, ranked by QBR.
|Eli||NYG 21, NE 17||2012||30-40||296||1||0||81.4|
|Eli||NYG 17, NE 14||2008||19-34||255||2||1||70.2|
|Peyton||IND 29, CHI 17||2007||25-38||247||1||2||42.3|
|Peyton||DEN 24, CAR 10||2016||13-23||141||0||2||9.9|
Not that I'm trying to bash Peyton here. Credit the guy for having the humility and the self-awareness to resist the temptation to force himself into a playmaker role during this postseason run. For a guy who's always been the focal point of his offense, it has to be difficult to ease off and let younger players shoulder the load.