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Family was celebrating, but Eli Manning was lost in thoughts of two

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 21:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks pon during warm ups prior to their game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on September 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Getty Images

Plenty of people were wondering why Giants quarterback Eli Manning had a blank stare on his face when his brother led a Super Bowl-clinching touchdown drive.

The short answer might be that that’s just his default face.

Via the New York Daily News, the younger Manning said that when network cameras caught him expressionless while the rest of his family was celebrating, he was thinking about game situations.

I was just focused on whether they’d go for two and uh, the defense had to step up and make some stops,” Eli said to a TMZ cameraman.

Of course, that didn’t keep it from going viral, as it was the look of a man with a pending dental appointment as opposed to a man whose brother just tied him for the family lead with two Super Bowl wins each.

Eli was able to laugh about being caught hollow-eyed while his mom and brother were going bananas, but the fact he’s calmly thinking about clock management and when to go for two could be of some consolation to Giants fans.

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71 Responses to “Family was celebrating, but Eli Manning was lost in thoughts of two”
  1. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Feb 9, 2016 9:31 AM

    “Oh God, this is really happening. He’s retiring after this. Now the term ‘Manning face’ will apply solely to me…”

  2. whenwilliteverend says: Feb 9, 2016 9:34 AM

    If only he had been thinking in a few of their games this year and they’d have made the playoffs and he wouldn’t have gotten his coach fired.

    But then again, the blank stare on his face probably is his normal face and indicative of brain activity.

  3. mariorat says: Feb 9, 2016 9:34 AM

    He was asking himself why did they score and run the clock down…

  4. lifetimefan says: Feb 9, 2016 9:34 AM

    Yeah ok.

    Being the cerebral QB that he is, and witnessing his decision making first hand I can see why he was thinking about the game. He is telling the truth……….and Peyton never tea-bagged anyone or used HGH either.

  5. realityonetwo says: Feb 9, 2016 9:34 AM

    The idea that he was bummed out about his brother’s pending second SB title is ludicrous.

  6. quinzze says: Feb 9, 2016 9:36 AM

    I think it was the look of a younger brother that just lost his bragging rites to his older brother.

  7. It Takes 2 Mannings To Equal One Brady says: Feb 9, 2016 9:36 AM

    It is just his stupid expression. Go to google images and type “Manning face” into the search. Its better than “people of walmart”

  8. steelerben says: Feb 9, 2016 9:37 AM

    He was thinking about two, but not going for two. He was thinking that Peyton was about to get his second ring and the last thing that Eli had left to use against his big brother in an argument was gone.

  9. orange and blue owns the NFL says: Feb 9, 2016 9:40 AM

    He knows he’s never going back, so he’ll always be tied in championships.

  10. gtrav says: Feb 9, 2016 9:40 AM

    Eli is just a space cadet…”I have no idea what’s going on.” Lights are on but nobody’s home. It is laughable though that some people thought his expressionless face was because of sibling jealousy/rivalry. Of course he’s happy for his brother.

  11. bartpkelly says: Feb 9, 2016 9:40 AM

    The Defense did not need to “step up”…poor choice of words but forgivable. They just needed to keep doing what they had been.

  12. 3beeps says: Feb 9, 2016 9:41 AM

    I see the off-season has officially begun, and you’re dredging up possible stories wherever you can find them.

    Here’s a potential lead for you — basing any story on Eli’s expression will make you look sillier than he does.

  13. megabeast37215 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:42 AM

    He was mentally in ‘football mode’ where the emotion is taken out of it, and he’s trying to process optimal decisions. When has Eli ever been all, ‘Rah rah rah! Yay! Go team!’ huh? That’s not who he is.. the guy calculating decisions with the blank stare on his face is who he is.

    -Not a Manning fan.

  14. charliecharger says: Feb 9, 2016 9:42 AM

    When teams draft a QB #1 overall, they’re hoping they can lead them to a super bowl. Often these #1 picks don’t live up to expectations. The Manning brothers have four super bowl wins. They’ve been perfect teammates and perfect citizens too. Owners are going to look at what John Elway is doing in Denver and try to copy it. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of these Manning brothers long after their playing days are over. Actually, the Manning’s could be owners some day.

  15. willycents says: Feb 9, 2016 9:44 AM

    I would wager that any “upper echelon” qb was mentally as involved in the game as were the qbs on the field. I suspect that Brady was just as serious in analyzing the next play/situation/time management as was Eli. It is so integral to their brain functioning that they cannot separate it. Call it reflex if you would

  16. greenmn2000 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:48 AM

    He’s just a little bit “Special”…that’s all…

  17. bigredgoog says: Feb 9, 2016 9:49 AM

    There was still time on the clock for bad things to happen. I’ll bet a lot of serious Bronco fans were also doing the calculations not jumping up and down and taking selfie’s when the game wasn’t won yet.

  18. bspurloc says: Feb 9, 2016 9:50 AM

    “but the fact he’s calmly thinking about clock management and when to go for two could be of some consolation to Giants fans.”

    what? Eli the delay of game master…
    the last thing on his mind is clock management.

    It’s more like, I hope Peyton doesn’t try to throw a duck for 2, that can be returned for 2

  19. chalkruz1989 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:51 AM

    Guy was watching his older brother, a person he admires, compete on the biggest stage in what could have been his last game. Having a cousin that played in the B1G and have a cup of coffee in the NFL, I can speak firsthand on the nerves of watching a family member compete in a professional sport. The entire game your stomach is turning and at the end you are relieved for two reasons – they won and the game is finally over.

  20. dansardo says: Feb 9, 2016 9:56 AM

    Peyton Manning “led” a TD drive in that game?!

    You really just said that peyton manning “led” a td drive by handing off 3 times from the panthers 4 yard line in a series that included a first down at the one yard line because of a holding call. Really!?

    Whatever you think about Eli, he actually had at least something to do with the giants SB wins; he was probably just so shocked that broncos won given how many times peyton tried to give the game to Carolina.

    BTW, the last time peyton won a SB he had 3 TDs and 7 interceptions during that playoff run. Peyton is no stranger to having his defense bail him out.

  21. leatherface2012 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:00 AM

    if that was my brother, I would have been furious that he tied me.

  22. conormacleod says: Feb 9, 2016 10:01 AM

    I always think it’s funny when people criticize Eli in any way. Two SB rings. Very few QB’s win any, let alone two.
    Big Ben
    The list is very short for active QB’s with two rings. I’ll never rip on any of the above QB’s.

  23. vonmillertime says: Feb 9, 2016 10:05 AM

    I think for these players the game is less fun to watch than it is for fans. I’m sure Eli was just stressed the heck out the entire time and was thinking “Is the TD going to stand up to review? That only puts the Broncos two scores up, there is a lot of time left, a lot can happen.” He knows better than anybody that there is nothing to celebrate until the final whistle is blown.

    As a Broncos fan, I was STRESSED OUT until the very end.

  24. jrossizzle says: Feb 9, 2016 10:06 AM

    He was thinking

    “Back to the kid table” at Thanksgiving.

  25. pixelito says: Feb 9, 2016 10:06 AM

    He was bored like everyone else watching that pitiful game.

  26. blacknole08 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:08 AM

    Why would Eli be jealous of Peyton winning a Second ring? If anything, Eli EARNED his rings with 2 4th quarter comebacks, while Peyton had a pedestrian performance in both of his. So Eli still has bragging rights.

  27. tommyribs says: Feb 9, 2016 10:08 AM

    I am a GIANTS fan, I Love Eli, but I still say to myself at times, what the hell is Eli doing?

  28. gmenroachie20 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:09 AM

    Lotta hate going around… Stupid face or not, they have a combined 4 SB rings bottom line.

  29. artvan15 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:10 AM

    Good one Ellie……you had your typical blank look on your face that you always have. I guess if they could put the you and your brother together then we might have a decent quarterback created.

  30. dreamicus says: Feb 9, 2016 10:12 AM

    I guess Archie was jealous, too. He wasn’t celebrating either. In fact, he didn’t even get out of his chair.

  31. upperdecker19 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:13 AM

    He couldn’t celebrate. He was on “Papa John watch” to ensure he didn’t attempt to kiss any of them!!!

  32. theghostofottograham says: Feb 9, 2016 10:13 AM

    He was calculating the point spread and how much cash he was about to loose on his CAR bet.

  33. jag1959 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:17 AM

    An NFL QB was watching the game, never mind that his brother was in it, and projecting himself into that position, not exactly surprising. Say what you will about Eli, Giants fans have heard it all before and so has he, but there are only 2 multiple SB MVP winners under contract in the league right now and he is one of them. EZ Eli, my man.

  34. noteamforlosangeles says: Feb 9, 2016 10:22 AM

    Ooh, jealousy…Ooh, my jealousy

  35. stratomaticfan says: Feb 9, 2016 10:27 AM

    Nice that Peyton sticks up for his brother, but we all know that Eli was secretly hoping his brother would retire with fewer Super Bowl rings than him. It was obvious that Denver had clinched the game, regardless of the 2 pt conversion. Any normal person rooting for Denver to win would have been ecstatic at that moment.

  36. bullcharger says: Feb 9, 2016 10:29 AM

    He’s smart enough to know that it’s never over until it’s over.

    If they didn’t get the two, a very quick Carolina TD and then an onside kick and a hail mary wins it.

    About a 0.0000000000000000001% chance, but still a chance.

    Clock has to say 000 before it’s over.

  37. nicefellow31 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:29 AM

    I had a good laugh as the next person over this. However, if you look closely you’ll see the other QB in the family, Archie, has the same expression as Eli.

  38. You can have your draft pick back when the cowboys get their cap space back says: Feb 9, 2016 10:32 AM

    He was thinking about facing the Cowboys next season. It was the look of fear.

  39. gorilladunk says: Feb 9, 2016 10:33 AM

    My immediate reaction when this happened was that Eli was pissed that the score totally screwed up his football pot. Now we know where the expression, “dumb face Eli” comes from.

  40. sonhoodoo says: Feb 9, 2016 10:36 AM

    Yes, he was calmly thinking about clock management and situation in a game he was watching. But on the field he is telling running back not to score and running out of bounds.

  41. justintuckrule says: Feb 9, 2016 10:42 AM

    I’ll take manning face over dabbing and refusing to jump on fumbles any day.

  42. mysterytonite says: Feb 9, 2016 10:45 AM

    I wonder if that’s his o face? Must make his wife feel real special.

  43. paulieorkid says: Feb 9, 2016 10:45 AM

    It’s a case of RBF: Resting Blank Face

  44. sueb45 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:46 AM

    Except–if you watch the video, Eli’s father looks at Eli, sees him pouting, rolls his eyes and then rejoins the family celebration….this isn’t the first time he’s seen “Eli’s default face”.

  45. dccowboy says: Feb 9, 2016 10:47 AM

    My BS detector is off the scale on this response.

  46. whatsazj says: Feb 9, 2016 10:49 AM

    Because he’s a dope and has that blank stare on his face all of the time. Nothing new here.

  47. mongo3401 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:50 AM

    It was the ” Jeez, that’s what a decent offensive line looks like ” face

  48. charger383 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:51 AM

    Mannings always thinking not acting like fools

  49. jrterrier5 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:51 AM

    That’s not the look Eli had when Peyton won his first one. Either he was bummed that Peyton was tying him for # of rings or there’s something wrong with him.

    Eli needs to have his head examined and I’m serious, not trying to make a joke.

  50. drewzducks says: Feb 9, 2016 10:52 AM

    Well at least the two worst quarterbacks with 2 SB victories have the same last name.

  51. postgarden says: Feb 9, 2016 10:55 AM

    RQF – Resting quarterback face

  52. tomsetter123 says: Feb 9, 2016 11:00 AM

    He was ‘playing’ in his head. Hes at work….

    Family was watching. this is play time for them

    Clear difference between a Fan and Player.

  53. chinahand11 says: Feb 9, 2016 11:05 AM

    “Default face” is a good one.

  54. justorion says: Feb 9, 2016 11:08 AM

    To me, it looked like he just lost big money on that game.

  55. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Feb 9, 2016 11:08 AM

    This is so stupid.. Why would Eli Manning be “mad” that his brother won a superbowl? They are tied now plus Eli still has 5-7 years left to win another one. I think he already knows he is never going to be considered the best Manning to play QB in NFL..
    I still say Eli ends up with 3 rings when his career is finished.. It’s only logical, let’s say his career last another 8 years. Giants are certainly going to win a superbowl in the next 8 years. Every team goes through terrible years, some teams go through a decade of losing but they always end up back. Look at the Raiders, they were probably the best team in The NFL in 2000-2003 and then they went on to lose for a decade and now they are back.. Raiders are going to win a superbowl in next 4-5 years… Every team in NFL will eventually win a Superbowl

  56. granadafan says: Feb 9, 2016 11:12 AM

    Lots of Giants fans and Manning fanboys on PFT today. Come on, if you can’t laugh at that pic and the look on his face, then you’re taking life too seriously. You don’t need to defend him to the bitter end.

    As a crazy old man once said about his blind, ignorant, and brainwashed supporters, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose voters”.

  57. unnamedxsource says: Feb 9, 2016 11:22 AM

    Eli has always had that “I just rolled out of bed” demeanor…

  58. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Feb 9, 2016 11:51 AM

    Right. I’m sure the two points was the two Eli was concerned about at the time. That said, this whole thing is overblown, and I’m sure Eli has had some fun with the reaction on Twitter.

  59. madmike66 says: Feb 9, 2016 11:58 AM

    The memes are funny, but this explanation is totally legit. He’s a professional QB, and he can’t just turn it off and watch the game like we watch it. Not to mention, as a starting QB in the league he has to show some poise…he starts for ANOTHER TEAM. It’s a bad look if he’s going bonkers rooting for the Broncos to win, even if it IS his brother. He’s a Giant, not a Bronco. He can be happy for Peyton but he knows he has to show some chill as well.

  60. MVPanthersFan11 says: Feb 9, 2016 12:04 PM

    “when his brother led a Super Bowl-clinching touchdown drive.” Seriously? They got the ball inside the 10. Lets not act like he lead this iconic drive or something. Lets get real people Peyton didn’t do anything to win the game. All the credit goes to that defense!

  61. troylok says: Feb 9, 2016 12:16 PM

    He was probably wondering how he could finagle a trade to Denver. With that defense he could throw interceptions all game long and it wouldn’t matter. Plus, I hear they might have a job opening at that spot…

  62. friarjack61 says: Feb 9, 2016 12:37 PM

    A issue was made, of nothing. Speculation is not, always, good, without sound judgment.

  63. med515 says: Feb 9, 2016 12:55 PM

    I’m sorry, but anyone who actually believed Eli was rooting against his brother there should be ashamed. They have the emotional intelligence of a gnat. They’re also pulling for the ugliest interpretation to be true.

    This is a guy who was having dinner with Peyton early in the week giving him information on playing the Panthers, taking care of the non- football related stuff for his brother.

    Eli himself was getting honored as a Walter Payton Man of the Year Finalist for his work with kids with cancer. Honored as a 2xSBMVP in the pregame ceremony.

    And this guy is getting flamed for not smiling for the cameras and some petty ridiculous sibling jealousy that is a bizarre invention of the fans. Smh.

  64. anthony123632 says: Feb 9, 2016 2:34 PM

    oh here we go this article is a homing beacon for the eli manning haters

  65. mmack66 says: Feb 9, 2016 2:51 PM

    That looked like his smiling and celebrating face to me.

    Of course his face always looks like that, so it might be hard for some people to tell the difference.

  66. mackcarrington says: Feb 9, 2016 4:30 PM

    Eli is in the same boat as Cam Newton: He didn’t behave the way everyone else wants him to behave.

  67. mccontrary says: Feb 9, 2016 5:28 PM

    Wasn’t it Justin Tuck who noted after the Giants won one of their Super Bowls that Eli would have the same expression, win or lose? Eli’s just a steady guy who never rattles.

  68. nygnjd says: Feb 9, 2016 5:58 PM

    He knows firsthand that the game isn’t over until the clock hits 00. He only watched his defense lose 7 times this year after having a lead with under 2 minutes left.

    Celebrate when it’s over, not beforehand.

  69. Pftsliberalagenda says: Feb 9, 2016 9:10 PM

    I don’t know why anyone else didn’t notice this. The look was because the boy celebrating in front of him nut tapped him

  70. zzlangerhans says: Feb 10, 2016 9:18 AM

    Here’s how I would have responded:

    Well, it’s about time you folks learned the truth. When me and Peyton made our deal with the devil to become NFL quarterbacks there was one condition. The one with fewer Super Bowl victories would have to burn in Hell for eternity. If there’s a tie then the devil flips a coin. So when you look in my face when Denver scores two, what you’re seeing is the face of a man thinking about burning in Hell. For eternity.

  71. walk929501 says: Feb 11, 2016 7:54 AM

    That play had to be reviewed and could possibly be ruled not a touchdown. Watch Archie and Cooper (along with Eli) in that video and you’ll see that the guys who know what’s going on were not prematurely celebrating.

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