Philadelphia Eagles' Rodney McLeod (23) celebrates with Mychal Kendricks (95) after a sack during the third quarter of an NFC divisional playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons on December 31 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Photo by Derik Hamilton/UPI | License Photo
While Philadelphia is known as the City of Brotherly Love, the Kendricks boys are putting any warm and fuzzy feelings aside ahead of the NFC Championship Game.
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks isn't talking to his brother ahead of the showdown at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday (6:40 p.m. ET). That's just fine with Eric Kendricks, who is a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings.
"None of that has gone down this week," the 27-year-old Mychal Kendricks said of communicating with Eric, 25. "I don't see it happening before the game or after the game or Saturday night. This is the biggest game of our lives to this date and nothing else matters."
Mychal Kendricks did note that the two will eventually speak to one another, although he made no promises in regard to a post-game handshake.
"Whoever loses, it's going to be messed up," Mychal said.
Yvonne Kendricks, their mother, is well aware of the end result.
"I already know somebody is going to win and somebody is going to lose, and it's not going to be pretty," she told ESPN. "I'm OK, I just know that one of them is going to lose and that's sad to me. It's sad that I have to see that emotion on my child's face -- not necessarily that I'm going to see it, but that they're going to experience it."
Marvin Kendricks, their father, will not be in attendance as he has experienced discomfort recently. It should be noted that the first time he saw his boys compete against each other on a football field -- Mychal's California Bears versus Eric's UCLA Bruins -- he had a heart attack that night.
"That was scary. Right after the game," Mychal Kendricks told ESPN. "He gets too excited, man."