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Eli Manning makes plays with his legs

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We always thought Eli Manning got a little too much credit for the team’s Super Bowl run in 2007, and not enough credit for improving as a player in the years since.

Yes, he took a step back in 2010. But his best two seasons as a pro were in 2008 and 2009. He just had less help around him then.

Manning has taken his development to another level this season. He’s always been a streaky player, but he’s been on a hot streak all season long. He’s survived a weak offensive line and we’d argue he was even playing well when the Giants were losing games.

The difference this year: Manning has made more plays with his legs. Really. For my column Thursday on NBCSports.com, I looked at Manning’s newfound ability to extend plays, take a beating, and keep coming back for more.

While I’m pointing towards the fine folks over at NBC, here were my 11 reasons the Giants can win Sunday, and the 11 reasons the Patriots can win.

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12 Responses to “Eli Manning makes plays with his legs”
  1. ajgreenhof says: Feb 2, 2012 3:30 PM

    If Eli can beat the almighty Brady in 2 superbowls I’m going to say he is better then Peyton. It doesn’t get much harder then Brady. Peyton should know that more then anybody.

    Quite frankly he lucked out when he got to play Grossman the first time around.

  2. nejerseygirl says: Feb 2, 2012 3:52 PM

    You mixed up the two links – 11 reasons the Giants can win takes you to why the Pats will win, and 11 reasons the Pats can win takes you to why the Giants will win.

    Actually, that’s probably the most exciting thing I’ve discovered in all these articles since the Super Bowl matchup was determined…

  3. trueski21 says: Feb 2, 2012 3:53 PM

    he’s always been tough. i think the biggest improvement has been his accuracy. i’ve watched every snap of Eli’s pro career and i can say this year he has hit receivers in stride more than ever.

  4. jakek2 says: Feb 2, 2012 4:51 PM

    ajgreenhof –

    You sure about that? Eli is 2-0 in his last 2 vs. TB and 0-2 in his last 2 vs. Rex.

  5. kilo0986 says: Feb 2, 2012 6:01 PM

    He can make plays with his legs, but he looks like a 3 legged horse doing it

  6. deconjonesbitchslap says: Feb 2, 2012 6:44 PM

    he’s got new legs. NEW LEGS!

  7. ajgreenhof says: Feb 2, 2012 6:54 PM

    Jakek2-

    They don’t hand out rings for the regular season.

  8. otrd13 says: Feb 2, 2012 7:22 PM

    i know eli had 30 turnovers in 2010, that was atrocious but most of em were forcing plays that he had to make, dropped balls, end of game picks and poor line play… other than those he had his highest completion percentage, threw for a ton of yards and his most tds. he definitely did not take a step back in 2010, it was just an up and down season that showed if he got better breaks and made a few better decisions he would be a top 5 qb… and he did just that.

  9. jarrman46 says: Feb 2, 2012 7:54 PM

    system quarterback!!

  10. maxl49 says: Feb 2, 2012 9:13 PM

    Eli : the poster child for the saying “Better lucky than good”

  11. Deb says: Feb 2, 2012 9:15 PM

    It’s really sad that you can’t make a simple joke about Eli’s photo looking like he’s in high school without being censored by PFT’s thought police. You guys are pathetic.

  12. ceschatz says: Feb 3, 2012 2:19 PM

    The guy has had mediocre numbers all season but yet he gets all the Credit. Its the Giants defense that has taken them this far, not downsyndromed Eli.

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