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“I hope you’re happy, Eli. I really do. I can barely move my head.”

February 24, 2012

“To see you succeed on the biggest stage of all, to win the biggest game and receive its highest honor twice, is like a knife in my gut,” gushed the ecstatic elder Manning as flashbulbs and champagne corks popped around them. “Remember this moment forever—the moment you made me an irrelevant footnote. I’ll certainly never forget it.”

Peyton noted that Eli started the game remarkably strong, completing a Super Bowl–record nine consecutive passes, and finished even stronger with his pinpoint 38-yard pass into the hands of a well-covered Mario Manningham on the final drive, a performance Peyton said puts Eli squarely in the category of top quarterbacks “where, until this very moment, I thought I belonged.”

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