NFL Week 15 Preview: Tim Tebow Unduly Overshadows Eli Manning

Ian HollenbergContributor IIDecember 15, 2011

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after winning in overtime against the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Bears 13-10 in overtime. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Our country is obsessed with Tim Tebow.

This fact can hardly be debated. People all over the country have witnessed the truly incredible journey of theDenver Broncos QB and there are so many aspects to his story that there is something for everyone.

Some people are fascinated by Tebow's religious fervor, some people enjoy rooting for an underdog while still rooting for a winning team and other people have been interested the whole "Tebowing" sensation.

But as a Giants fan, the media's Tebow overkill is a little frustrating. Yes, Tebow's five fourth quarter comebacks this season (and six in his brief career) are astounding, but there is another QB in this league that has been just as clutch in the fourth quarter this year.

His name is Eli Manning

What Manning has done in the fourth quarter this season is equally as impressive as that guy in Denver.

Manning's 14 fourth quarter touchdown passes ties a league record, he has led his team to six comeback wins, and nearly led the Giants to another against the Packers.

Much like Tebow, Manning does not panic towards the end of the game, which motivates the rest of the team to keep fighting.

All of his heroics should lead to more recognition, especially since Manning plays in New York, and the fans should recognize him when they vote for the Pro Bowl.

In the Pro Bowl voting, Eli Manning is currently fifth out of NFC QB's in voting behind Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford.

Manning is having a Pro Bowl caliber season but has not gotten the recognition that rookie QB Cam Newton has. What a shame, because Manning is having the better season.

While Newton is an entertaining player to watch, Manning has been better when it counts, and therefore has been the better quarterback this year.

While there's a good chance Rodgers will miss the Pro Bowl due to a Super Bowl appearance, that still will not be enough for Manning to get the Pro Bowl appearance he deserves.

If the voting stays the way it is now, Manning will watch the Pro Bowl from home.

You can thank Tebow and his followers for playing a  role in that.