Bradshaw, 'big brother' Jacobs to reunite

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Brandon Jacobs elected to sign with the San Francisco 49ers in the offseason, Ahmad Bradshaw didn’t just lose a teammate -- he lost his “big brother.”

So Bradshaw is thrilled about the chance to reunite with Jacobs again next Sunday when the Giants head out West to take on the 49ers in a rematch of last season’s NFC title game.

“I mean, of course I miss him,” Bradshaw said after rushing for a career-high 200 yards and a touchdown in his team’s 41-27 victory over the Browns. “On and off the field, he was a brother to me, Brandon was.”

The Giants drafted Jacobs in 2005. Two years later, they selected Bradshaw. Together, the two running backs, who became best friends, won a pair of Super Bowls in New York.

“I can’t wait. It’s gonna be fun seeing him and Mario (Manningham),” Bradshaw said. “It’s gonna be a big game for us and we expect it.”

Bradshaw, Jacobs and Manningham were teammates for a while. So seeing Jacobs and Manningham standing on the opposing sideline is going to be odd, no?

“It’s gonna be real strange, man. Especially with them being like brothers to me,” Bradshaw said. “Mario was my neighbor. Brandon showed me the ropes in the NFL. He showed me a lot. It’s gonna be a great feeling, and it’s gonna be all right with them on the other side.”