Eli Manning Explains Expression During Family Celebration at Super Bowl 50

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2016

Feb 5, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the Walter Payton man of the year press conference at Moscone Center in advance of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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While most of the Manning family rejoiced when watching Peyton Manning win his second title in Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers, Eli Manning seemed less than celebratory about his big brother tying him with two Lombardi Trophies. 

John Breech of CBSSports.com provided a screenshot of the look that produced 1,000 memes:

Asked by TMZ Sports (via Dan Hanzus of NFL.com) about the now-infamous "Eli face," the New York Giants quarterback chalked it up to nerves: "I was just focused on whether they'd go for two and the defense had to step up and make some stops."

Manning also said that "it's all good stuff" in reference to the memes that have captivated the Internet for the last two days. 

In the spirit of sibling rivalry, Eli may have been stunned that Peyton was able to match him in Super Bowl victories despite throwing a mere four passes in the fourth quarter, while the 35-year-old had to make miracle throws to David Tyree and Mario Manningham in each of New York's wins over the New England Patriots. 

Manning's reaction to the situation is probably closer to what he told reporters—he knows full well the game isn't over till it's over.