Peyton and Eli have dinner, baby is focus
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Eli Manning and big brother, Peyton, had a chance to spend a few hours together and the main topic of conversation wasn't the upcoming Super Bowl.
Instead of going over how Peyton and the Denver Broncos might attack the Seattle Seahawks' stingy defense for Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium, the focus for the two quarterbacks was the newest member of Eli's family, 7-month-old Lucy.
When Peyton arrived at Eli's home in Hoboken, N.J., on Tuesday night, he got to meet and hold his niece for the first time. Eli didn't make him change any diapers. His biggest contribution might have been that he didn't prepare the chicken dinner. He certainly didn't want any responsibility in case Peyton got sick for the NFL championship game, which is being played in Eli's home stadium.
I think people assume, your brother, you're around all the time,'' Eli said Wednesday after making a promotional appearance for Purina. ''We don't get the holidays, Thanksgiving. You don't get Christmas to go visit family and everyone is together. He's in Denver, not real close. We don't get to be around and see each other's families often. It was exciting. He wanted to come meet Lucy and got to meet her for the first time.''
Peyton didn't have to wait long to hold Lucy. Eli, who has led the New York Giants to two Super Bowls, handed her off to the 37-year-old Peyton almost as soon as he walked in the door.
''She was fine,'' said Eli, who also has almost 3-year-old, Ava. ''She didn't mind being held by anybody and he kind of held her for a while.''
Peyton also ran around a little with Ava, and the two built a fort, Eli said.
The menu for dinner was standard: chicken, salad, green beans, potatoes.
''I thought I would give him something healthy,'' Eli said.
If there was any discussion of football, Eli indicated it was brief.
''At those moments you don't want to talk about that,'' Eli said. ''If he wanted to bring it up I was going to let him bring it up. After that, we just kind of talked about what went on media day and kind of talked about different things that have happened. I hadn't seen him. I got to see him a little bit after the (AFC) championship game and before that for 10 minutes when he played back here in September.''
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Given the forecast for temperatures in the upper 30s and no precipitation predicted for Sunday, Eli said there was no insider tip he could give his brother about playing in the stadium.