It is incredible how much more the fact that this game is being played in Indianapolis brings to the table. One of the more polarizing debates in the NFL since 2004 is who would you take between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
Brady has the rings, Peyton has the numbers (well, the career numbers).
But even with another appearance in the Super Bowl, this being his fifth—tied for most all-time—Brady is close to putting as much distance between him and Peyton as there has ever been, especially if he wins.
There are a number of people who already think Brady is a class ahead of Peyton due to his rings. A win Sunday would leave little doubt.
As for Eli Manning, a win Sunday would go a long way in getting out from underneath his brother's shadow. No one would take Eli in his prime over Peyton in his, besides maybe Giants fans, but if Eli wins a second ring and Peyton does not match it before he retires, most would consider Eli the better winner.
Eli has continued to show up in big games time and time again, whereas Peyton is stuck with a 9-10 playoff record.
There is a lot more at work than just the game in the house that Peyton built.