In his first season in Denver, Peyton Manning has his Broncos coming off a first-round bye entering Saturday’s divisional round against the Baltimore Ravens. It will mark the 11th consecutive season at least one Manning brother has made it to the playoffs.
Meanwhile, in a reversal of last year, Eli will be watching his older brother make a run at his second title. Peyton, who missed the entire 2011 season due to neck surgery, was asked Wednesday if being a spectator, instead of a participant, changed his perspective on the playoffs, while Eli went on to capture Super Bowl XLVI.
“You’d rather be playing in them, certainly, so I don’t think it necessarily changed anything,” Peyton told Broncos reporters. “It was fun, obviously, watching Eli and pulling for him. I’ve done that for going on 10 years, going back to [when] he was in college, I guess 14 years now. Certainly, we are grateful for the opportunity to be in the tournament…and it’s a great opportunity. It doesn’t guarantee anything—playing at home, a bye week, whatever it is, it just guarantees you an opportunity.”
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