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A replay of Super Bowl XLII? Not quite, but close enough.
Within the two-minute warning, the Giants down by less than 5, 3rd down pressure, Manning looks down field to number 85. David Tyree? Not this time. Manning looks for tight end, Jake Ballard for the winning drive.
The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in a 24-20 victory, in what came down to the final seconds of the game. All while Eli proved his words from back in August:
“Tom Brady is a great quarterback . . . I consider myself in that [elite] class.”
The majority mocked the quarterback, but who’s got the last laugh now?
On Sunday, the Giants broke the Patriots impressive 20-game winning streak at home and it all came down to the final touchdown drive.
Late in the 4th quarter, with only 1:36 remaining, Brady found tight end, Rob Gronkowski in the end zone for a touchdown putting the Patriots up 20-17.
Manning, with his top running back out, his leading wide receiver out and his starting center out, led his team down the field to end the game with a 1 yard toss to Ballard. Ending the game 24-20 and leaving the Patriots with a 5-3 record.
With 8 games down, about half way through the season, it’s fair enough to define the team’s season.
Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw and David Baas were out for Sunday’s game against the Patriots due to injuries. Doing what most teams wouldn’t be able to, despite the injuries, Manning pulled out a win over the league’s leading passer.
Brady has thrown for 2,703 yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions ranking him in first and Manning in 3rd with 2,377 man, 15 touchdowns, and only 6 interceptions.
“I’ve been here seven years with him,” said defensive end, Justin Tuck about Manning. “He’s probably playing the best ball in those seven years.”
With a 6-2 record on the season, the Giants tower above the top of the NFC East division with the Dallas Cowboys trailing behind with a 4-4 record.
“Nobody’s going to remember what we did in November,” said Tuck. “Nobody’s going to remember what we did in December. It’s about getting back to that Super Bowl and winning that.”