Eli emerges and makes history with Super Bowl title

Monday, February 4, 2008 at 1:29am

Eli Manning has seemingly always lived in the shadow of his father Archie and brother Peyton, but in the New York Giants’ 17-14 Super Bowl shocker against the New England Patriots, Eli looked like a regular Joe.

A regular Joe as in Namath — engineering the greatest upset in Super Bowl history since Namath put the AFL on the map by stunning the Baltimore Colts 16-7 in Super Bowl III.

And a regular Joe as in Montana — answering New England’s go-ahead score by taking the Giants downfield for a game-winning touchdown to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds left. It was reminiscent of Montana so many times in his career — especially when his touchdown toss to John Taylor defeated Cincinnati in Super Bowl XXIII.

Manning went 19 of 34 for 255 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. But he had plenty of help, as the Giants’ defense was relentless in its pursuit of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, sacking him five times, including on second down in a desperation drive at the end of the game.

When it was over, the Giants had shocked the football world and most certainly the Patriots, who were heavy favorites to complete a perfect 19-0 season.

During the ups and downs of his first four NFL seasons, Manning appeared to have more than his share of growing pains, including the 2007 regular season as his 20 interceptions were tied for most in the league.

But down the stretch, beginning with the Week 17 meeting with the Patriots, Manning began to emerge, and his poise was a reason the Giants went from playoff afterthought to Super Bowl winner in a matter of weeks.

Manning’s poise was evident on the final drive, as he avoided a fierce Patriots pass rush, a la Steve McNair at the end of Super Bowl XXXIV, to complete a pass downfield to David Tyree that eventually set up the game-winning score to Burress.

For his efforts, Manning took home the MVP Award, the Giants the Lombardi Trophy and prevented the Patriots date with perfection and pro football history.

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By: BADCOPS on 12/31/69 at 6:00

As good as the Patriots where they sure blew the game yesterday. Brady looked like an idiot.Glad for Coughlin. Bet the Jaguars wished they hadn't fired him now.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Can't stand Coughlin, but props to Eli.

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Great Game

By: Cowboy84 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

After the cr-- Coughlin had to put up with this year, TV Tiki Barber telling everyone that the Giants were better with him and he would still be playing if Coughlin wasn't the coach, he deserves it.

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Titan1, I agree with you for one of the few times.

By: jwk6179 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

The Patriots Defense, especially their linebackers, started to show their age last night. I heard Kevin Ingram and Mark Howard state what agreat game it was last night, but only the forth quarter was what you would call great. The play of the first three quarters I thought were very slopply.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

You're right jwk, the first three quarters was a snooze fest. The Pats defense has been suspect all year, it's just that when you can score 30+ points a game, no one really cares. To me, what's more shocking than the Patriots losing is the fact that Eli Manning is the one who beat them. Didn't see that one coming. Then again, Trent Dilfer has a ring too.

By: Jagman on 12/31/69 at 6:00

What a great sport, Bill Belichick, walking off the field before the game was over. He was outcoached by the Giant's defensive coordinator. Who carews if you don't like Coughlin; many don't loke the Vols coach...so what!

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I don't like the vols coach either. The only time I liked Coughlin, was in 1999 when the Titans were the only team to beat them, THREE TIMES!

By: ycartrob on 12/31/69 at 6:00

gdiafante, comparing Eli Manning to Trent Dilfer shows how little you understand football. Anyone who knows anything about football knows that the Ravens won a Super Bowl through their defense. If you can't see how Eli won the game with his game winning drive (and his play throughout the playoffs) then you're obviously another Manning hater. Give Eli the props and don't compare him to Dilfer.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Rob, I'm pretty sure I understand football, I'm also pretty sure that you didn't understand my post. That's ok, I'm sure you'll get it in time.

By: girliegirl on 12/31/69 at 6:00

It was a superb game, and Eli was brilliant w/the help of Tyree and possibly divine intervention. Had any of those last minute Brady "Hail Mary" passes been completed, the game would've ended differently. Enough said.

By: courier37027 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Notice how great a team can be when malcontents and headline grabbers are gone (Barber, Shockey). Let's hope the Titans unload some Pac-age, er, baggage.