When Peyton Manning and Eli Manning lead their teams into Sunday’s game between the Denver Broncos and New York Giants, it will mark the first time in NFL history that two starting quarterbacks meet with both coming off 400-yard passing games.
The brothers both know exactly how unlikely all of this seemed not so very long ago.
Eli reflected on how far-fetched this scenario seemed after Peyton underwent fusion surgery on his neck and was waiting for the nerves to regenerate, acknowledging that his brother was anxious about whether he would ever be the same quarterback.
“I knew it would get better with time,” Eli told ESPN. “But after several surgeries and you’re dealing with nerves — you didn’t know how quickly [he would recover]. That was the scary thing for him — he didn’t know how quickly it would get better.”
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