Quarterback Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to a convincing 41-23 victory over his little brother Eli's New York Giants on Sunday - making it 3-0 to the older Manning brother against his younger sibling.
After the game, the two brothers shared a short handshake, mobbed by photographers and TV cameras.
There's no doubt that Peyton is the superior quarterback, and it's never been more obvious than in Sunday's game: Peyton had 769 passing yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions in his opening two games for the Broncos, while little brother Eli is the first person to throw seven interceptions in his first two games since 2005.
Much of Peyton's success on Sunday was due to the efficient running of Knowshon Moreno, who scored two touchdowns and 93 running yards from 13 carries - three of which from 20 yards or more.
Moreno's rich vein of form has turned him from backup before the start of the season to key player - and with the pinpoint accurate passing of Peyton Manning, has helped the Broncos to a stunning start to the NFL season.
In contrast to his brother's fortunes, Eli's Giants have had a poor start to the season - with their 10 turnovers in two games is the most in history over this period.
What makes the stats interesting is that Eli throws for a similar number of yards as his brother Peyton, but has lots more interceptions. If Eli can improve on his throwing accuracy and technique, there's no reason he can't emulate the success of his older brother.
After a sloppy first half from both teams, the Broncos pulled away in the second thanks to a scintillating performance from quarterback Peyton. He said this when asked about his brother:
He told reporters: "It’s a strange feeling. It’s not like beating another team. It’s not quite as enjoyable as it would be beating somebody else."
Despite the admirable bravado, Peyton is fiercely competitive and will have loved sealing the bragging rights over his younger brother. It's unlikely the two will meet again in regular season before Peyton takes his retirement.
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