The 2011-2012 NFL season has come to a close, and it ended in very dramatic fashion. I hope everyone enjoyed their Super Bowl parties. Good times with friends and family to laugh, joke, send people #BTTK, and fight over who won that Super Bowl bet lol. Now that the game has been decided, and the MVP has been named we can do what all us football fans love the most. Spend the next 6 months debating the “What Ifs” and the famous shoulda coulda wouldas.
No better way for a SuperBowl to end than being decided on the final play of the game where an unhealthy Gronk “could have” saved the day “if” he wasn’t hurt. Give some credit to the Giants defense making Brady uncomfortable throughout the game. Brady was not the legend we are used to seeing. Starting the game with an intentional grounding in the end zone which gives up 2 points was the most unlikely Tom Brady start to a game in his career. Throughout the game he was erratic; missing open receivers. Not to mention missing a wide open Wes Welker for a first down that could have solidified a fourth Super Bowl for Tom Brady. His performance was well below his capability. I know you are thinking he needed help etc. You are right, however; this is Tom Brady he is held to a higher standard, and when his team needed him most he didn’t show up. Much respect to the Giants defense only giving up 17 points and forcing 1 turnover.
On the other hand, the Patriots defense was unable to stop Eli as he went 30/40 for 296 yards 1 TD with no turnovers. Eli and his Giants did what they do best in the playoffs. Win. Unlike Tom Brady who missed Wes Welker with the game on the line Eli responded by doing this. I was impressed with the poise he displayed for 4 quarters. Hitting all of his targets especially when it mattered the most. On the biggest stage ever I expect Eli to show up if he wants to go down in history as an NFL great. This time Eli did. He lead the Giants to another Super Bowl title. What separated the Giants from all the other playoff teams this season is they perform under pressure. As the pressure increased they only got better. Great players and teams thrive under pressure while others just fold. Congratulations to the New York Giants, best NFL team for the 2011-2012 season.
Winning his second Super Bowl MVP award. The question arises where do you rank Eli Manning among some of the CURRENT NFL greats? Top 3? Top 5? Where does he rank on your list? Check out the stats of some current NFL QB’s. Which QB would start your franchise?
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I will reveal who these individuals are on Thursday in the comment section, but first comment subscribe, and let the debate begin.