As the day of all days, the holy grail of all football games approaches us there are many storyline to look at. The Giants and Patriots are both storied franchises and are very proud of their pasts, and neither team is afraid of taking on the big stage.
Most fans argue that a teams superiority is all about Championships, and the Giants and Patriots combine for 6 with 3 each. Patriots have gone to the playoffs 12 out of the last 13 years and that lone blemish has a disclaimer next to it due to the fact that Brady had a season ending knee injury. The New York Giants on the other hand have won the NFC 5 times. With each of these team’s impressive pedigrees you almost always know that this will be a heavyweight fight that will go 12 rounds.
If 5 years ago someone would’ve told me that Eli Manning and Tom Brady would start to be mentioned in the same breath, I would’ve laughed in their face and been positive that it was April 1st. Well it is almost Super Bowl 46 and there are more similarities between these two than ever. Eli has quietly become a great leader, and that’s the kicker…he usually doesn’t say a word! Eli has proven that he can take hits in the pocket and get back up before anyone has a chance to worry. He might look fragile but after his performance in the NFC Championship game in which he was sacked 6 times, his attitude and confidence never once wavered. With the 49ers ferocious top 10 defense continually bearing down on Eli it would of almost been semi-excusable for him to have a sub par game, but Eli would have nothing short of greatness. Eli ended up with 316 yards passing and threw 2 TDs in a 20-17 OT win over the 49ers. Manning no longer has big names veterans on the offense such as Tiki Barber, Plaxico Buress, or Amani Toomer. This is Eli’s team and he has emerged as the guy everyone looks at when things are getting rough, and what they see is a quarterback who will not give up and has consistently wins big games.