Super Brother

Giants quarterback Eli Manning has thrown off Peyton's shadow

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Eli Manning

If Eli Manning had summoned his big brother during the NFC championship game on Jan. 22, no one would have blamed him. All day, the San Francisco 49ers' defense pounded Eli into the soupy Candlestick Park grass like a horseshoe stake, sacking him six times. After being hit yet again late in the game, he called a time-out to regroup, with sod stuck to his helmet and his shoulder pads undone, looking like a rookie who had just been hazed.

You couldn't picture Peyton Manning, one of the most competitive athletes of our time, being so calm if he were taking...

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