Eli Manning saw Dak Prescott score a rushing touchdown and immediately roasted Peyton Manning, because that is what siblings do. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback ran a man bootleg to score on fourth-and-goal. He fooled the Buccaneers defense the same way his team had been fooled nearly a decade back.
In 2013, it was Peyton Manning who fooled the Cowboys defense to score the only rushing touchdown of his record-breaking 55 passing touchdown season. The comparisons were obvious and more on both the plays later. But Eli Manning was definitely more impressed by Dak Prescott's efforts than his own brother's.
The younger Manning could not hide how impressed he was by the current Dallas quarterback's athleticism. He compared it to Peyton's lack of such athletic authority. Speaking on ManningCast, Eli told Peyton that
"Dak looked a lot more athletic, you almost fell down."
Comparing Peyton Manning's play with Dak Prescott's play: Was Eli right to roast his brother?
You live by the sword and die by the sword. Peyton Manning's memory was expunged by Dak Prescott to send the Dallas Cowboys fans into ecstasy. It also had the additional benefit of sending the Cowboys to a 12-0 lead over the Bucs in their NFL playoff game. But the cathartic nature of it all must have felt even better.
In 2013, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning scored one of the greatest touchdowns in NFL history, despite what Eli Manning said. He pretended to hand the ball over to his running back but kept the ball with him. As the defense and cameraman were fooled, he ran a bootleg to score a rushing touchdown.
It has haunted the psyche of the Cowboys for a long time. But with a swift bootleg of his own today, Dak Prescott might just have reversed the clock. On a fourth-and-goal, he called a similar play to what Peyton Manning did against his team all those years ago.
Prescott did it on fourth-and-goal, which is theoretically more impressive than Peyton's third-and-goal. However, as they say, the copy is never as good as the original. The amazing nature of when the elder Manning scored for the Denver Broncos is still etched in our memory to this day. Every bootleg is always going to be judged against that.
Although Dak's rushing touchdown might not surpass Peyton's bootleg in NFL memory, it will feel good for Cowboys fans to be on the scoring end rather than the receiving end. If it ultimately contributes to a playoff win against Tom Brady in the bargain, it's all the merrier.