The Washington Redskins had Eli Manning dead to rights on Sunday afternoon. He was getting hit, sailing the ball, making uncharacteristically poor decisions at times and tossed two very bad interceptions. But once again, the New York Giants quarterback rallied his team late in the fourth quarter and dropped a perfectly thrown pass into the arms of wide receiver Victor Cruz, who took it to the house for the go-ahead score. It was a play that left former Big Blue defensive tackle Barry Cofield in awe.
"Eli is like Joe Montana right now," Cofield said. "When I was here, he was good, showing flashes. [But] he’s exceptional right now. He’s got nerves of steel. To beat this team you are gonna have to bury him, then you have to put the dirt on top of him and then put the cement on top of him and then watch it dry. Anything short of that they are still in the game.”
That's especially high praise from Cofield, who seemed bitter towards the Giants after he was allowed to walk via free agency in 2011. But after yet another magical fourth quarter comeback courtesy of Easy-E, it has to be hard for an opponent to do anything other than tip their cap, shake their head and accept what has just happened.
Alas, the praise was a two-way street. As impressed as the Redskins were with Eli, the Giants defense was equally impressed with Robert Griffin III. And rightfully so.
"I’m pretty mad at the football gods for putting him in the NFC East. To face that guy twice a year is going to be a headache," Justin Tuck said. "A guy like him, I don’t think there is anybody in the league just like him. If I was going to run that offense and they asked me to pick between Vick, Cam Newton, and RGIII, I’m probably taking that guy."
Love the Redskins or hate the Redskins, they've found a gem in RG3 as the Giants did with Eli. And for the next several years, it's going to be both a blessing and a curse to watch these two battle it out.
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