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New York Giants’ Eli Manning, Victor Cruz Shine in 2013 NFL Pro Bowl as NFC Dominates AFC

January 28th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Paul Tierney

'Eli Manning' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ A year ago, the Pro Bowl further perpetuated the notion that it was nothing more than a poorly constructed All-Star showcase in which fans could expect minimum effort from the NFL's premier players. Although the television ratings remained impressive, commissioner Roger Goodell seriously considered eliminating the Pro Bowl due to the pathetic product that the 2012 game produced. However, this year, the increased effort actually made for a relatively entertaining contest.

The NFC demolished the AFC 62-35 in a game that was chock full of big plays from star players. New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning led the NFC in passing with 191 yards through the air, along with two touchdowns. Manning's first touchdown pass was to none other than Victor Cruz, who did his signature salsa routine in the end zone after scoring. Manning also threw a pick-six in the second quarter as well.

After the game, Cruz, who set a Pro Bowl record with 10 receptions, said that each team gave a sincere effort out on the field.

"We understood exactly what (Goodell) wanted, guys were making plays all over the field," Cruz said. "There was a little bit more high intensity than in years past and we were excited to play."

Perhaps the most comical moment in the game came at the end of the fourth quarter, as Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul lined up as a cornerback opposite of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who was split out wide as a receiver. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw a jump ball into the back corner of the end zone, and Pierre-Paul came down with an interception that effectively ended the game.

All in all, the Pro Bowl is still a meaningless exhibition. For the players, it's a free trip for them and their families out to Hawaii. However, the game that every respectable NFL players wants to play in is occurring next weekend in New Orleans. Although it was entertaining to watch some the world's best athletes let loose and throw the ball around for 60 minutes, this game was a painful reminder to Giants fans that their team came up short in 2012.

A year ago, this team was preparing to win their second championship in five seasons. Now, we are talking about their performances in the Pro Bowl. It's been a hard fall back to earth for Big Blue, and the front office has a lot of work to do to help ensure that expectations are met in 2013.

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13 Responses to “New York Giants’ Eli Manning, Victor Cruz Shine in 2013 NFL Pro Bowl as NFC Dominates AFC”

  1.  F0XLIN says:

    Back to the Warmack discussion from a few threads ago. I understand he is the best Guard prospect coming out since Hutchinson but even he didn’t go until 17, the draft is funny how guys slip. If you take away Leonard Davis who was drafted at #2 but as a tackle, the only guards to go above pick 19 in the last 14 years were Iupati and Hutch both at #17.

    (Luke Petitgout drafted at #19 in 1999 to yours truly)

    •  Krow says:

      OGs are traditionally undervalued. This means there’s a chance he’ll be there at 19. But do we really need him? Do we pass on an OT, DT, or ILB? Is he that wonderful? Will he make a difference? I’m not sure the answer is yes. However he’s a great prospect.

  2.  F0XLIN says:

    Then again with the Steelers and Cowboys drafting right before us, there is a high probability he doesn’t get past those picks

  3.  dremac82 says:

    Manning had two touchdowns by the way… One to Cruz and another to Rudolph. Cruz had 10 catches for 96 yards.

  4.  Krow says:

    Important dates …

    February 2 — Texas vs. Nation College All-Star Game, Eagle Stadium, Allen, Texas.

    February 3 — Super Bowl XLVII, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana.

    February 9-10 — Regional Combine, Orange Coast College-Lebard Stadium, Los Angeles, California
    February 16 — Regional Combine, Methodist Training Center (Texans), Houston, Texas
    February 17 — Regional Combine, Cleveland Browns Training Facility, Cleveland, Ohio

    February 20-26 — Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

    March 2-3 — Regional Combine, Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility, New York/New Jersey
    March 9 — Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida
    March 10 — Regional Combine, Halas Hall (Bears), Chicago, Illinois

    March 9-11 — Clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will be Unrestricted Free Agents at the end of the current League Year.
    March 12 — Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts.
    March 12 — Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit Qualifying Offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.
    March 12 — Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a minimum salary offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2012 contracts and who have fewer than three seasons of free agency credit.
    March 12 — All 2012 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
    March 12 — Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the Salary Cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    March 12 — The 2013 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    March 12 — Trading period begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, for 2013 after expiration of all 2012 contracts.
    March 16-17 — Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Atlanta, Georgia
    March 17-20 — Annual League Meeting, The Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona.
    March 23-24 — Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center (Seahawks), Seattle, Washington
    March 23-24 — Regional Combine, Baltimore Ravens Training Facility, Baltimore, Maryland
    April 7-8 — Super Regional Combine, Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Texas

    April 25-27 — NFL Draft, New York City, New York.

    May 20-22 — NFL Spring League Meeting, Hyatt-Harborside, Boston, Massachusetts.

    September 5, 8-9 — NFL Kickoff 2013

  5.  Krow says:

    The “Real List” … for Stollie …

    February 20-26 — Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

    March 12 — The 2013 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    April 25-27 — NFL Draft, New York City, New York.

  6.  Krow says:

    On another topic …

    Listening to the radio last week, one pundit said that he feels Darrell Revis will never be satisfied with his contract. He went on to say that he’s held out twice, and caused a lot of disruptive drama on other occasions. And now his camp is saying they want $16,000,000 per year and a multi-year deal while coming off an ACL. He feels the Jets won’t get much at all in a trade for a guy who is rehabing and basically a 1-year-rental. Oh, his contract stipulates no franchise tag. Maybe a team that figures they’re ‘one CB from the Superbowl’, but even they won’t part with a lot.

    Yep … those Jets sure suckered us. Traded up to steal Revis … and we had to settle for Ross … and two Superbowls. Yeah, they got one over on us.

    •  Chad Eldred says:

      Which is exactly why he plays with the Jets this year. I just cannot fathom anyone giving up more than a 3rd for a notorious malcontent coming off of a serious injury. The wind changes quickly in the NFL and reality hasn’t set in for Revis. Nobody is giving this guy a dime until he gets on the field and shows he can play at a high level.

    •  sonnymooks says:

      Honestly, here is what I think will happen.

      Revis will be healthy this year and play lights out, he will get a big contract in the offseason, he will have one year where he acts happy about his contract, then he will become disillusioned again.

      He will also have one more “prime” season, before becoming injury prone and his skills deteriorating, at which point, he’ll get cut or traded as other coaches try and coax some magic out of him, thinking that “Revis Island” is in the wrong scheme or is over his injures, etc.

      They will be wrong, Revis will be home and retired in less then 5 years. Watch.

  7.  Krow says:

    There’s a pretty good chance the Bengals will part ways with Rey Maualuga this off season.

    While he was a good prospect coming out of college his pro performance has been a bust. He’s not the force in the middle that everyone hoped he would be. He’s decidedly mediocre.

    I don’t want us anywhere near the guy.

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