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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Older brother still knows best.
Peyton added the historic Manning Bowl to his long list of accomplishments Sunday night when he threw for 276 yards and one touchdown in leading the Indianapolis Colts past younger brother Eli and the New York Giants 26-21.
GAME REPORT: Colts 26, Giants 21
The centerpiece of the season-opening weekend marked the first time brothers opposed each other as starting quarterbacks. Both passers were the top picks in their respective drafts, and they lived up to their famous surname as their father, former NFL passer Archie, spent the evening at Giants Stadium rooting for offense.
Two-time MVP Peyton, who is five years older, finished 25-for-41 and threw an interception. Eli threw for two TDs and one interception as part of a 20-for-34, 247-yard effort.
“I told him I loved him and was proud of him and I thought he played his butt off out there,” said Peyton, who told NBC it was the first time he’d seen his brother play in person. “He kept our defense off balance and put pressure on our offense to go back and score.”
The two, who had never squared off in a formal athletic contest, exchanged turnovers in the third quarter. After Peyton was picked off, Eli fumbled, and the Colts turned that opportunity into an eight-play, 51-yard drive that ended in Dominic Rhodes’ 1-yard plunge and gave Indy a 23-14 lead 1:47 into the fourth quarter.
Peyton went 17-for-27 for 196 yards to guide the Colts to scores on all four of their first-half possessions and a 16-7 lead at the break.
Clutch kicker Adam Vinatieri, signed away from the New England Patriots, capped three of those drives with field goals of 26, 32 and 48 yards. He added a fourth, a 32-yarder with 1:12 left in the game.
As for the game itself, the “Manning Bowl” actually lived up to the hype. The brothers played well and so did their teams, though the Giants made far too many mistakes to win the first NFL game to feature two brothers starting at quarterback.
Two-time MVP Peyton also led the Colts to scores on five of their first seven possessions.
Eli had two costly second-half mistakes — the fumble and an interception, both of which came with New York down two points.
After it was over, the siblings came to midfield, surrounded by photographers, big brother patting little brother on the back of his head.
“It kind of hit me in the pre-pregame when I was out there talking to someone and I see this guy walk by and it was my brother,” Peyton Manning told The Associated Press. “I found myself watching him during warmups. I was peeking at him during the national anthem. It was kind of neat to be on the same field as him, knowing that’s my little brother out there.”
Peyton threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Clark for the other Indianapolis touchdown.
Trailing 23-21, Eli Manning tried to drive the Giants for a late go-ahead score. A play after a questionable offensive pass interference call against Tim Carter denied New York a first down at its own 37, Manning was intercepted by Nick Harper and Peyton moved the Colts 19 yards for an insurance field goal.
“It was very difficult for me to think that play was a foul,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, adding that his team also hurt itself with way too many mistakes.
While Eli had a big fumble and interception, he wasn’t the only one to make errors.
Giants defenders dropped two potential first-half interceptions that could have stopped scoring drives. Jay Feely missed a 40-yard field goal and the Giants had a plethora of penalties that slowed or ended drives, including an illegal snap by center Shaun O’Hara with 17 seconds to play that forced officials to take 10 seconds off the clock.
That allowed Eli Manning to throw one more pass — and it fell incomplete.
The Giants, who also got a 110-yard rushing effort from Tiki Barber, had closed to within 23-21 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Brandon Jacobs with 8:01 to play. It marked the second time that the Giants, who had trailed 13-0 late in the first half, had rallied to close the gap to two points.
The 15-yard touchdown pass to Shockey cut the lead to 16-14, but Manning fumbled a snap near midfield and Indianapolis recovered, setting up Rhodes’ touchdown.
Peyton Manning was nearly unstoppable in the first half. The Colts had the ball four times, scoring on each possession. Big brother converted 9-of-11 third-down chances and helped Indianapolis control the ball for 17:37.
Seconds before the first field goal, Giants backup safety James Butler had a chance to end the first drive. But he dropped what should have been an interception of a Peyton Manning pass that was right in his hands.
Another mistake kept New York off the scoreboard following Vinatieri’s second field goal.
Burress, who got called for two illegal blocks in the first half, made a one-handed catch for a 37-yard gain to the Colts 26. However, Feely missed a 40-yard field goal four plays later.
Peyton Manning made the Giants pay on the next possession, moving the Colts 70 yards in 10 plays and finishing it with a 2-yard strike to Clark. Peyton outran blitzing safety Gibril Wilson on a rollout to the right and put a deft touch on a pass over the outstretched hands of Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan, who was in zone coverage.
The touchdown gave Indianapolis a 13-0 lead, and for a moment the so-called Manning Bowl looked like it would be lopsided.
But Eli countered with a beautiful drive, moving the Giants 86-yards in eight plays. Barber got it going with 17 reception and two 11-yard runs, and Manning capped it with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Burress, who won a jump ball with Harper near the goal line.
The score got New York within 13-7 with 32 seconds left in the half, but that was enough time for Peyton to do some more damage.
Taking over at his own 38 with 25 seconds to go, Manning hit Marvin Harrison on three straight passes for 30 yards, setting up a 48-yard field goal by Vinatieri, who was signed in the offseason as a free agent to replace Mike Vanderjagt.
Notes: WR Sinorice Moss, the Giants second-round draft pick, was inactive for the game. He missed most of training camp with a quadriceps injury. …Giants G Chris Snee left the game late in the second with an ankle injury, the extent of which is not known. Giants Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora left in the second half with leg cramps. Harrison had nine catches for 113 yards. …Rhodes and Joseph Addai combined for 23 rushes for 55 yards in taking over for Edgerrin James as the Colts running back.
USA TODAY’s Tom Pedulla and The Associated Press contributed to this report