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Brothers in the NFL Championship

With the NFL Championship approaching in a few weeks time, it is worth looking at some of the best brother duos we have seen in the league's final game over the years.

First up, we will highlight brothers who have played or coached against each other in the NFL Championship game.

Travis and Jason Kelce

The most obvious brothers duo has to be Travis and Jason Kelce. 

These brothers made history in 2023 as they were the first ever brothers to play against each other in the NFL Championship game.

Unfortunately, we will not get to see this duo in the NFL Championship again as Jason’s team, the Philadelphia Eagles were eliminated in the Wild-Card round of the playoffs, while Travis’ team, the Kansas City Chiefs advanced.

Jim and John Harbaugh

Over a decade ago, we witnessed a fantastic matchup between Jim and John Harbaugh. 

Jim, the current coach of the Michigan Wolverines, was then head coach of the San Francisco 49ers who played in the 2013 NFL Championship game against John Harbaugh and his Baltimore Ravens.

The Ravens were able to edge out the 49ers, thus giving John his first NFL Championship win. 

With rumors swirling around where Jim might go next, this is a matchup we could potentially see again in the future.

All-Time Brother Duos in the NFL

There are plenty of other brother duos who have played against or with each other in the NFL. However, the list below will highlight two of the all-time best brother duos in the NFL:

Peyton and Eli Manning

You cannot mention brothers in the NFL without talking about two of the great quarterbacks we have seen over the past 25 years. That being Peyton and Eli Manning.

Peyton, who went to the University of Tennessee, established his legacy with the Indianapolis Colts. 

Having won one NFL Championship with the Colts and later one with the Denver Broncos, Peyton will always be considered one of the greatest quarterbacks we have ever seen.

His brother, Eli, attended the University of Mississippi, and played his entire career with the New York Giants.

He is most known for his two NFL Championships with the Giants. In both of these games, the Giants beat the New England Patriots, one to stop the Patriots from having a perfect season in 2008 and the other coming in 2012.

Peyton and Eli only faced each other three times in their NFL careers, all of which were won by Peyton’s team. Two of these wins came while Peyton was on the Colts (2006, 2010) and the other win while he was on the Broncos (2013).

Ronde and Tiki Barber

While having brothers play in the NFL is fairly common, having identical twins in the NFL is not. This is the case for two of the legends of the game, that being Ronde and Tiki Barber.

The Barber twins both played college football at the University of Virginia, before both getting drafted into the NFL. 

Tiki, a running back, played 10 seasons with the New York Giants while his brother Ronde, a cornerback, played his entire 16-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tiki ended his career in 2006 with 10,449 rushing yards and 55 touchdowns. However, he never won an NFL Championship with the Giants.

Ronde retired in 2012, posting a career 47 interceptions, with his most notable season coming in 2001 when he led the NFL with 10 interceptions.

Ronde also won an NFL Championship with the Buccaneers in 2002.

Despite never winning an NFL Championship, Tiki will go down as one of the best running backs in the league, while Ronde will certainly go down as one of the best cornerbacks in the history of the NFL.

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