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NFL: Broncos beat Giants 41-23 in battle of Manning brothers

Published September 15, 2013 9:46 pm

Manning Bowl III • Broncos helped by Eli's four interceptions.
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East Rutherford, N.J. • Eli Manning has come along nicely. No one can deny he's been clutch a couple times. But nobody seriously believes he's a better quarterback than his brother Peyton Manning, do they?

"I'd take Peyton over anybody, not just Eli. That's any quarterback ever," said Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton.

For the third time in three games against each other, big brother Peyton showed little brother Eli how quarterback is played.

Peyton Manning threw for two touchdowns and was again exquisite in the second half while leading the Broncos to a decisive, 41-23 victory against Eli's New York Giants before 81,285 at MetLife Stadium.

"It's a strange feeling," Peyton Manning said. "It's not like beating another team. It's not quite as enjoyable as it would be beating somebody else."

This game was dubbed Manning Bowl III and the results have been Peyton, Peyton, Peyton. Eli was swept in the three-game series. Stamp that 0-3 with four interceptions.

"I think both of us are glad that it's over with," Peyton said. "I don't think I'll make it to the next regular-season one."

Eli Manning was decent at times Sunday. But he also threw some costly interceptions. One erased three points the Giants should have had late in the first half. Another set up a short TD drive for big brother. His third and fourth turnovers were befuddling chucks into the end zone.

Eli was good, too," said Broncos cornerback Chris Harris. "He makes some good choices and he made some bad choices, too. We get enough chances eventually somebody's going to make a play."

In Manning Bowl I and II, Peyton decisively outplayed his brother in both while leading his Colts to victory. In Manning Bowl III, Peyton threw for 307 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 107.9 passer rating. Eli Manning threw for 362 yards but his four picks left him with a 53.3 rating.

Was his losing performance more disappointing with big brother on the other side?

"I don't think so," Eli said. "This is something that we're both passionate about. What we're doing is our job. It's my concern to this team and getting to winning right now."