Super Bowl 2012: Does Eli Manning Have an Edge over Tom Brady?

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIFebruary 1, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 6:    Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots congratulates  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants after the New York Giants 24-20 win on November 6, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Tom Brady may be a three-time Super Bowl champion and a two-time Super Bowl MVP and is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game—but all of that happened five years ago. 

Since New England's last Super Bowl appearance back in 2007 when the New York Giants ended their perfect, undefeated season in Super Bowl XLII, Brady has lost a bit of his playoff dominance while Eli Manning has emerged as an elite quarterback.

Since '07, Brady has posted a 4-3 record in the postseason while tossing 16 touchdowns compared to 10 interceptions and recording a 90.0 quarterback rating. Don't get me wrong, those stats are far from awful but they are nowhere near Manning's. 

Manning has a 7-1 record while throwing 14 touchdowns and only four interceptions and posting a 93.2 quarterback rating.

The quarterback ratings may be close, but the record is rather alarming and so is the interception total. Another interesting stat that is extremely lopsided in Manning's favor is that he has thrown 14 passes greater than 25 yards while Brady has only six. 

Since '07, it's safe to label Manning as the better postseason quarterback than Brady—stats simply don't lie.

However, does that give Manning the edge heading into Super Bowl XLVI?

For starters, Manning is definitely playing better as Brady had a pretty embarrassing performance in the AFC Championship against the Baltimore Ravens as he completed 22 of his 36 passes for just 239 yards while being picked off two times and failing to throw a single touchdown. 

The numbers posted in the AFC Championship are far from Brady-like—but considering his playoff performance over the past four seasons, are they really not Brady-like?

Entering the Super Bowl, I tend to believe that neither quarterback has an edge as both quarterbacks have advantages in their own parts of the game and it's essentially a wash. 

I have been predicting all week long that this year's Super Bowl will come down to whoever has the final scoring possession, and I'm sticking to that. 

Whether you believe one quarterback has an edge or not, you still can't overlook that these are two of the premier quarterbacks in the NFL today. 


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