But the truth is far more mundane and, well, Eli-like. Ever the field general, Manning was trying to figure out what his big brother might do next.
"I was just focused on whether they'd go for two and the defense had to step up and make some stops," Manning told SplashNewsOnline.com at Newark airport.
The clingy paparazzi guy also asked Manning if he enjoyed the memes that popped up related to his TV cameo.
"Yeah, it's all good stuff."
Translation: Get away from me, creep.