Last night millions watched as Eli Manning again led his team down the field in the final minutes to win the Super Bowl. In another classic game the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl 46.
The game began with a safety for the Giants on a questionable intentional grounding penalty, to give the Giants an early 2-0 lead. After the free kick, the Giants drove down the field for a TD reception by Victor Cruz to extend their lead to 9-0. At the end of the half, Tom Brady and the Patriots drove 96 yards for a TD reception by Danny Woodhead to go into halftime leading 10-9. The Patriots opened the second half with another TD drive to extend their lead to 17-9. In the final 3:46 trailing 17-15, on a drive highlighted by a miraculous 38 yard catch by Mario Manningham, Manning had another Super Bowl winning drive. The Giants drove 88 yards for a game winning TD run by Ahmad Bradshaw for the final score of 21-17.
With another clutch drive by Manning, he now has his second Super Bowl win and Super Bowl MVP. The question now is if Manning is finally considered an elite quarterback. I believe that he definitely is in the top five QBs in the league. He is now one of three active QBs with multiple Super Bowl wins. I consider him one of the most clutch QBs of all time. In the regular season he had more fourth quarter TDs than any QB in the history of the league. He then continued his great play in the fourth quarter into the playoffs and more importantly in the Super Bowl. Every team he beat in the playoffs had a better record than the Giants and he took the underdog role and rode it all the way to a championship. He has at least eight more years left and while continuing his consecutive start streak, which leads all active QBs, he will definitely have the stats and maybe even another Super Bowl to put him in the Hall of Fame.
What's your take on the game and do you think Eli Manning is an elite QB now?