Beating the Patriots, the long-time nemesis and rival of his older brother's team, and doing it in his older brother’s home stadium, would be extra special.
"You understand that (New England is) very talented. They have the ability to score a lot of points. The defense has the ability to keep to a minimum of points. So it's going to be a great challenge on both sides of the ball to do our jobs," Eli Manning stressed.
He was reminded by a reporter of a comment Peyton had made while receiving his MVP award after leading Indianapolis to a Super Bowl XLI win over the Chicago Bears. Big brother took the opportunity to brag a little about his younger brother, saying that Eli can and will win Super Bowl.
"I think he was just trying to be nice at the time," Eli said. "To see Peyton after that game down in the locker room, seeing that smile on his face, and spending a lot of time with him over the next couple months after winning that Super Bowl, it definitely made you jealous."
Watching his brother enjoy winning a Super Bowl championship was significant, Eli recalled.
"I think that made a bigger impact on me than his comments. But obviously there's not a better feeling from a professional standpoint than knowing you’ve done your job better than anyone else. That's what we’re fighting for."
Tom James is a reporter for The Tribune Star in Terre Haute, Ind.