Peyton, Colts win Manning matchup
Monday, September 20, 2021 5:17 AM

(Source: USA TODAY)By Jarrett Bell

INDIANAPOLIS -- Big brother rules. Again.

Backed by a revived defense that unmercifully harassed his kid brother and applying his own pressure with a sharp passing clinic, Peyton Manning claimed bragging rights in a big way at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday night.

The Indianapolis Colts demolished the New York Giants 38-14 in the so-called Manning Bowl that was anything but a family picnic.

It was the second time in four years that Peyton won his matchup against Eli, but, more important, it was a result that allowed the Colts to avoid a 0-2 start. The Giants are also 1-1.

"It's got to be tough playing against your brother and seeing our defense get to him, get some hits on him," Colts tight end Dallas Clark said. "That's got to be a weird feeling."

Peyton, whose team had a 24-0 halftime lead, passed for 255 yards and three touchdowns. He started by directing a game-opening 80-yard TD drive and later capped a 98-yard drive with a 50-yard heave to Clark.

Then he showed how a hurry-up drive should be conducted with a 58-second effort that ended with a 3-yard toss to Austin Collie just before halftime. Peyton completed 20 of 26 passes, with a robust 145.5 passer rating.

But the night might not have seemed perfect for Peyton, given the rough treatment Eli received from the Colts defense.

The snapshot came in the third quarter when Dwight Freeney crashed into Eli to force a fumble at the 9-yard line. It was recovered by Fili Moala at the 1 and taken in for a TD, making it 31-7.

As much as the game provided marquee value by pitting the only two brothers in NFL history to start opposite each other at quarterback, the real statement came with the rebound of a Colts defense missing injured starters Bob Sanders and Clint Session.

A week after allowing the Houston Texans to rush for 257 yards, the unit seemed intent on not allowing New York's rushing game to control the tempo. The Giants rushed for 120 yards and was held to 257 yards of offense.

Eli completed 13 of 24 passes for 161 yards and two TDs and was sacked four times.

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