Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/16/14

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 27: Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to throw the ball during the NFL game against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Despite the absence of Peyton Manning in 2011, the “battle of the Manning Brothers” did not die down one bit. There was a lot of focus on Peyton throughout the regular season as many speculated whether he would play or not. From there the Colts announced that he likely would not play the rest of the year and with Indy sitting at the bottom of the league, it was time to do some more speculating. This time, however, it was about if Peyton and Andrew Luck could co-exist. Left in the shadows was little brother Eli, who squeaked into the playoffs after a Week 17 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Little Manning and Giants also took a back seat in the postseason when it came to media attention as Tim Tebow and the Broncos stole that over the first two rounds. Then Peyton was back at it again, as the rumors swirled about him being released. Even during media week at the Super Bowl, Peyton was the center of attention. That was of course until Eli knocked off Tom Brady and the Patriots to win...
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