Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and younger brother Eli Manning made a great team to troll the New England Patriots on “Monday Night Football”. (Watch the clips below.)
Both were covering the Green Bay Packers’ 35-17 victory over the Detroit Lions in the mega-broadcast when the former Manning appeared to be referring to Spygate, in which the Patriots were fined and docked a first-pick. draft in order to have filmed the opposing coaches to decode their signals.
On Monday, Peyton noted how the Packers were handling the ball after he and Eli discussed the possibility recently. “I think our conversation was bugged, you know, kinda like the Patriots did back then,” he said, eliciting Eli laughter.
Eli, who guided the New York Giants to two Super Bowl wins over the Patriots, mentioned that the Patriots were using the same facility as the Peyton Colts because the second of those games was in Indianapolis. So he asked his brother if he was concerned that hidden cameras might be planted.
The older brother played straight in the remark.
“All the time I was playing against New England, I was going to talk to my receivers in the shower, in the far corner. I was like, ‘Don’t talk about a room next to my locker because I know it’s bugged.’ “
Joke or not, the Mannings broached a sensitive subject in the NFL. Years after Spygate, the Patriots were determined to illegally deflate soccer balls used in the 2015 AFC Championship. Then-quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for four games and the team was sentenced to fined and deprived of another first-round draft pick, sparking more suspicion of the team under coach Bill Belichick.
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