Despite his success, negativity and doubt have followed Peyton’s younger brother since the moment he was traded from the San Diego Chargers to the New York Giants on draft day of 2004. Regardless of what he does or how well he performs – even in a league that lives and dies by the motto, “What have you done for me lately?” – he is questioned and criticized.
In Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Manning completed 24 of his 42 passes (57.1%) for 309 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He led his team back down the field twice in the fourth quarter, once for a touchdown and once setting up a potential game-winning field goal. Unfortunately, a poor decision led to an offensive pass interference call, pushing the field back to 54-yards. Kicker Lawrence Tynes would come up short and the Giants would lose the game.
Had Tynes' kick gone through the uprights, Manning would once again be heralded as a 4th quarter magician and hero. Alas, that's not what happens, so his mistakes -including a brutal redzone interception- were compounded. Finally, his haters had some fuel to their fire … but somewhat surprisingly, they went relatively easy on him this week.
Harvey Araton, New York Times
"Manning should have known better than to put the ball up the way he did to an inexperienced receiver against a shutdown defender … Had Mark Sanchez engineered this kind of endgame for the Jets, Fireman Ed wouldn’t be capable of dousing the inferno of ire."
Steve Politi, The Star-Ledger
"[Manning] kept warning everyone that something always can go wrong in those late-comeback situations. What a bummer of a way to prove to the world that you were right."
Darin Gantt, NBC Sports
"He’s Eli Manning, so it might be quibbling, but there is a tendency to make red zone mistakes that require his brilliant knack for saving himself."
Allen Barra, The Village Voice
"Face it, Giants fans, Vick outplayed Eli Manning."
CJ Hirschy, Twitter
"Mark Sanchez is better than Eli and Romo combined."
David Davalos, Twitter
"Romo had 5 interceptions, watch out Eli manning. There's a new [expletive] QB giving you a run for your money."
Krissy, Giants 101 Facebook
"Eli is a [kitty cat]."
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