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

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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.

71 responses to “Family was celebrating, but Eli Manning was lost in thoughts of two

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. “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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.
    Brady
    Big Ben
    Eli
    Peyton
    The list is very short for active QB’s with two rings. I’ll never rip on any of the above QB’s.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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”.

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. 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”.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. “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!

  30. 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…

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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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