Super Bowl 2012 Quarter Scores: Eli Manning's Mistake-Free Game Is Great Sign

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants reacts in the first half while taking on the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Manning, named MVP, led the Giants to a 21-17 victory.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Eli Manning has done it again. He proved his many doubters wrong by beating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second time, but it was his nearly perfect game that gives fans a big reason to smile. 

The New York Giants quarterback completed 30 passes in 40 attempts for 296 yards and one touchdown. Manning was named game MVP, and rightfully so.

Now, the future once again looks very bright for Manning and the Giants. Only this time around, the Giants need not worry about Manning having huge ups and even bigger downs. His confidence is sky high after a fantastic performance, and his career will only continue to get better. 


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By not turning the ball over, Manning kept his team in the game, scrapping their way back to win it in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. 

No doubt he thanks his defense for only allowing seven points in the second half, but if Manning doesn't protect the ball, then we're more than likely talking about Brady and the Patriots as Super Bowl XLVI champs. 

In Super Bowl XLII, Manning had multiple turnovers, which could have ended really poorly. It didn't, and the Giants were certainly thankful for that.

This time around, though, Manning made sure he played mistake-free football. 

Manning put the team on his back in high-pressure situations, proving that he really is elite. Remember that before this season began, Manning claimed he belonged in the same class as Brady. 

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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He was scoffed for this, but look where he is now. 

After the game, Manning was asked about whether people should call him elite now. His response via the New York Daily News is golden. 

"That’s not a question for a quarterback to answer,” he said. “That’s a question for reporters and media. Ya’ll can debate that all you want. I just know we’re world champions tonight.”

The MVP could have easily gone the cocky route, but that would have been a mistake. Manning was careful with his words, just like he was with the football. 

New York has a class act for a quarterback, and good things are sure to keep coming the Giants' way.

Last time they won it all, the Giants struggled to get back to glory for three years.

After this win, things will be different moving into next season and beyond.

The talent on offense is young, as well as on defense. Manning is proving he is elite, and the rest of the NFL needs to watch out. 

Manning wins when the pressure is at its peak, and by playing mistake-free football in the biggest game of the year, it's definitely a great sign of things to come for New York. 


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