Next Sunday will mark the five-year anniversary of Super Bowl XLVI, a game that will forever define the career of New York Giants quarterback, Eli Manning.
Manning’s all-time great performance capped off a season where the Giants quarterback put the team on his back, recording one of the best seasons by a quarterback over the last decade, according to Pro Football Focus.
Well, PFF is back to applaud Manning for his masterful 2011 season by ranking his performance against the New England Patriots as the second-best (90.8) by any quarterback in the Super Bowl over the last decade – Aaron Rodgers (94.3) in Super Bowl XLV, was number one.
Here was their reasoning:
“In the second of his two Super Bowl victories over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, Manning played spectacularly throughout. Perhaps most impressive about Manning’s performance in this game was his ability under pressure to deliver the ball, finishing with a passer rating of 105.4 on 12-of-14 for 130 yards.
With his lone touchdown coming from a clean pocket, Manning was fantastic down the middle of the field from 0-19 yards completing 15 of 16 for 142 yards and the touchdown. With 64.3 percent of his yards coming via the air, Manning capped off the best season of his career with arguably the best game of his career.”
There seems to be a false narrative surrounding Manning, that he won his championships based entirely off a great defense.
As we now see, that’s not entirely the case.