Sunday night’s Super Bowl rematch between the New York Giants and New England Patriots ended like the script of a classic movie. Just four years ago, a scrappy quarterback named Eli Manning (often called the lesser brother of Peyton the Great) went up against an undefeated and three time Super Bowl winner in Tom Brady. That story ended with Manning on top, hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in the midst of falling confetti; Giants win Super Bowl XLII, 17-14. Fast forward to November 6, 2011 when that once scrappy quarterback does it all over again; Giants win 24-20 during the regular season. Fast forward to February 5, 2012 in a spectacular matchup that pitted Manning against Brady, for a third time in five years; Giants win Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17.
At the beginning of the season, Eli Manning was still being questioned as one of the elite quarterbacks of the NFL. When asked about it, he was honest: “Yes I am.” Then the season began and his team was struggling to stay afloat. At one point, the Giants were 7-7 and playing for just a slight chance at the postseason. After topping the first and second seed Packers and Niners, Manning carved his way onto the biggest stage of professional sports, where he is now in line for the Hall of Fame ahead of his brother, Peyton, having mastered and consistently beaten the last decade’s most successful franchise in New England.
During the course of the game, four Giants players went down: Travis Beckham with a torn ACL, Hakeem Nicks with a shoulder injury, Jake Ballard with a left knee sprain, and Antrel Rolle with an injury that went undiscussed by the commentators. In other words, not only did Manning find a way to win for the third time in five years against Tom Brady and the Patriots, but he did it while his best receivers kept reaching for medical attention. We here at the Brace Shop call that more than amazing. We call that elite. And the NFL agreed, giving Eli Manning a second Super Bowl MVP award.
Congratulations to the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.
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