As the Denver Broncos embarked upon The Road To MetLife Stadium, one storyline throughout the season was that Peyton Manning could be playing in Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium. That would be a story because it is the home stadium for Manning’s younger brother and two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback of the New York Giants, Eli Manning. What makes it even more intriguing is that the last Super Bowl won by Eli took place in Indianapolis, which was the home to Peyton for years when he played with the Colts before landing in Denver in 2012. In that game, it was the older Manning who played tour guide to his younger brother. In Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium on February 2, it is the younger Manning’s turn to play host to his older brother, as the Broncos prepare to take on the Seattle Seahawks in 10 days.
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Eli attended the AFC Championship Game to watch Peyton and the Broncos knock off the New England Patriots. Two years ago, Peyton did the same for Eli, as he watched the Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game to advance to Super Bowl XLVI when they would go on to defeat the Patriots.
Will this bode well for Peyton and the Broncos in MetLife Stadium on February 2? The younger Manning certainly hopes that will be the case in Super Bowl XLVIII.
“I’m just happy for him to be in New York in a Super Bowl,” Eli said in the Broncos’ locker room after the game, according to Newsday. “I’m really happy for him to get back to a Super Bowl and have a chance to win another championship. Obviously, I played one in Indianapolis, and he was great to me. Whatever I needed, he was going to try to help me out, and obviously, I’ll do the same for him.”
Whether this will give a huge edge to Peyton and the Broncos remains to be seen. But, you cannot discount the fact that Eli knows how the winds play out in MetLife Stadium, as well as what parts are louder or may appear different. It certainly may not be a deciding factor, but it cannot hurt.
If you are looking for which team may have a greater edge, make sure to check out Stats.com. If the temperatures dip below 40 degrees on Super Bowl Sunday, which is nearly a foregone conclusion, Stats.com will tell you how things could play out when the Broncos face the Seahawks in MetLife Stadium in Super Bowl XLVIII. It would appear that Denver may have an edge on special teams and the kicking game with Matt Prater over Steven Hauschka, but Stats.com has plenty of eye-opening numbers that may cause you to bet on one team over the other.
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