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Vintage Eli
4 years ago  ::  Oct 12, 2015 - 8:31AM #1
JonahFalcon
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Eli sprinted off the field to a standing ovation as he waved to the fans near the tunnel, and now he was leaving MetLife Stadium by himself late Sunday night. He had literally thrown the Giants into first place in the NFC East all by themselves for the first time in nearly three years.


He put on one of the old vintage Eli fourth quarter performances against the 49ers that have been missing since he took the Giants down the field on the final drive to beat the Patriots for the second time in the Super Bowl following the 2011 season.


I asked him if he knew the Giants had not been in sole possession of first place since they were 8-5 early in December of 2012. That was a long time ago and many disappointments ago.


“I didn't realize it was that long,” Manning said after the 30-27 victory. “I don’t think you pay attention to what place you’re in week five.”


After the Cowboys and Washington lost and the Eagles won Sunday, they’re all 2-3. And Manning’s 27th fourth-quarter comeback of his career with a franchise-record 41 completions in 55 attempts and his seventh 400-yard passing game of his career, prevented the Giants from losing a game they would be regretting in December.


The 49ers are one of the worst teams in the NFL and had lost three straight coming into Sunday after opening the season with a victory. But after the Niners needed only four plays to move from their 20 to the Giants 2, they took a 27-23 lead on Carlos Hyde’s two-yard run with 1:45 left in the game.


The Giants took over on their 18. Odell Beckman was on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. Rueben Randle soon joined him with a hamstring injury. Victor Cruz is still out with a calf injury. When Manning looked around the huddle, his wide receivers were Dwayne Harris, Geremy Davis and Myles White.


Oh no.


When the Giants were bragging in the summer that they were going to have an explosive offense, this was not the trio of wideouts they expected on the field when the game was on the line. But Manning was still firing away.


Manning moved the Giants to the San Francisco 44 with 50 seconds left. He then tried to hit White over the middle but the ball went to Tramaine Brock, who had picked Manning in the end zone near the end of the first half. Brock short-hopped the ball, which was initially ruled an interception.


Manning looked up at the scoreboard and immediately saw Brock didn’t catch it. As the review was taking place, it was enough time for Beckham, who apparently was hurt after he took a short flip from Manning and made a spin move on his way to a 17-yard TD late in the third quarter, to lobby the Giants trainers to go back in the game.


“I figured if he didn’t start the drive, he wouldn’t be back in,” Manning said.


How much was Beckman pushing to get back? “Every second,” Tom Coughlin said.


After the interception was overturned, Beckham was back in. Manning threw incomplete and on third down Shane Vereen turned a short pass into a 24-yard gain through the wide open middle. On first down from the 20, Beckham was lined up wide left. Manning went to him and cornerback Kenneth Acker was called for pass interference.


“The guy held him,” Manning said. “It was a smart move. He knew he was going to get beat.”


That brought the Giants to the 12. Manning then went over the middle to the back of the end zone for tight end Larry Donnell. Linebacker Navarro Bowman got his left hand on the ball, but Donnell got both of his on it and snatched it away over the top of Bowman for the winning touchdown with just 21 seconds remaining.


When Manning was asked if this was the best of his 27 fourth-quarter comebacks, he joked, “I had a couple in the Super Bowl, obviously.”


The 27 refer only to the regular season. After making some uncharacteristic mental mistakes in the losses to the Cowboys and Falcons to open the season, Manning has played very well in the three-game winning streak against Washington, Buffalo and San Francisco.


The Giants have a chance to create some separation in the NFC East the next two weeks: They play at Philadelphia next Monday night and then get the Cowboys at home.


Once Tony Romo broke his collarbone in the second game and the Giants were able to get their first victory the next week, I said the Giants would win the NFC East because Manning is just so much better than Sam Bradford in Philly, Kirk Cousins in Washington and Brandon Weeden in Dallas. The NFL is a league of quarterbacks and Manning vs. the other three starters in the division is a mismatch.


As Giants co-owner John Mara got off the elevator to join the happy happy locker room, he was asked about Manning, who threw for 441 yards and three TDs. “That's why we pay him the $22 million,” he said.


Each game in the NFL is precious. Each victory is priceless — or worth at least $22 million.

4 years ago  ::  Nov 02, 2015 - 5:44PM #2
nystripes2
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His game Sunday was incredible.. clearly he's a problem lol
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