By Barry Wilner
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Unless they meet again in the postseason, this was the last Manning Bowl.
Peyton Manning improved to 3-0 against younger brother Eli in regular-season games after Denver’s 41-23 rout Sunday of the New York Giants.
The teams won’t meet in the regular season again until 2017.
“Both of us are glad that it’s over with,” Peyton said after throwing two touchdowns. “Postseason is one thing, but I don’t think I’ll make it to the next regular season game. I think this’ll be the end of it. So I’ll be happy about that. And the family will.”
Big brother got this win with a huge boost from Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for two TDs and 93 yards on just 13 carries. Denver (2-0), which has won 13 straight regular-season games, ran for 109 yards altogether.
With Manning finding Wes Welker and Julius Thomas for touchdowns, and Moreno scoring on sprints down the right side, Denver dominated much of the matchup between Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks; Eli has won two titles, Peyton one. The older Manning’s first two victories against his sibling came when Peyton was with the Colts.
“It’s a strange feeling,” Peyton said. “It’s not quite as enjoyable as if you beat somebody else.”
Peyton finished 30 of 43 for 307 yards with no interceptions. Eli was 28 of 39 for 362 yards, but was picked off four times; he had 15 interceptions all of last season and has seven already this year.
After the rout, the brothers shared a very short handshake while surrounded by a mob of photographers and TV cameras. They had exchanged their greetings before the kickoff.
“We chatted for 10 minutes, nothing specific, just brotherly talk,” Eli said.
The Giants also allowed Trindon Holliday’s 81-yard punt return for a TD, the first such score in the league this season.
Peyton became the third player over 60,000 career yards passing on his opening drive.
Considered a backup heading toward the season, New Jersey native Moreno was virtually the entire running game for the Broncos on Sunday – and he made the difference.
“I feel the same every game, always amped up and real emotional,” he said. “You just got to go out and play.”
The Giants have allowed 77 points in two games.
“It’s very disappointing, frustrating,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “We have 14 games to go. We have been 0-2 before. We dug ourselves into a hole before and been able to fight our way out of it. When we did it was with team, but the performance level has to come up.”