For close to 58 minutes, Eli Manning’s Week 9 performance against the New England Patriots was anything but spectacular. Eli struggled mightily against the NFL’s worst pass defense and threw a costly interception in the end zone that let the Pats back into the game rather than put them away.
But when crunch time came, Eli did what he does best—he got the job done.
With 1:36 left in the game and the Giants trailing by three, Eli led Big Blue 80 yards right back down the field to connect with tight end Jake Ballard for the game-winning touchdown with just 15 seconds to spare.
Against a team like the New England Patriots, most would have shut down in a situation like the one Eli Manning was faced with. Eli didn’t. He didn’t wilt under pressure. He never does.
The Giants are 6-2 and Eli is the main reason why. This season has been his best to date with Eli on pace to throw for a career-best 4,754 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Eli Manning’s performance in Week 9 is an positive statement for a quarterback with a lot playing against him. If the Giants find themselves in a rough spot, as they have done quite often already this season, Eli will have no trouble pulling them out of it.