The Kalils aren’t quite as famous as the Mannings, but brothers Ryan and Matt do plan to follow Peyton and Eli’s lead and spend some time hanging out together at the Super Bowl.
Just don’t expect any in-game television shots of Matt sitting in a luxury suite high atop Levi’s Stadium in Sunday’s Super Bowl 50.
“We don’t have money like the Mannings, so Matt probably won’t be in a box,” joked Ryan, the Panthers’ starting center. “He’ll just have his comp ticket he gets from the Vikings. If he needs more, he’s getting his own tickets. I’m not getting him any tickets. He can afford it.”
Matt Kalil, the Vikings’ starting left tackle, will arrive later in the week. But he’s already been talking with his older brother this postseason.
“The way they lost in the playoffs was tough,” said Ryan, referring to Blair Walsh’s missed 27-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the 10-9 wildcard loss to Seattle. “He was pretty upset, but he’s been pretty supportive of me, obviously, as well as his family. It’s been fun talking with him about this week.”
Ryan said the two have talked business about the Broncos. The Vikings nearly upset the Broncos in Denver in Week 4. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 27 of 41 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked a season-high seven times, including the strip-sack by safety T.J. Ward that clinched Denver’s 23-20 win in the closing seconds.
“Matt and the Vikings had some experience with Denver,” Ryan said. “So I’ve been picking his brain and asking him some things the last couple weeks. It’s been fun.”