ELI MANNING TOPS TEBOW IN WINNING DRIVES
Excerpt: "As talk of Denver Broncos
quarterback Tim Tebow and his divine
fourth-quarter comebacks takes hold on barstools and editorial pages, it is
actually the Giants' Eli Manning who leads the NFL in
game-winning drives this year.
Of course, Manning does not have the trend-spawning signature celebration
move of the Broncos' signal-caller, the prayerful "Tebowing." And if Manning did
have a move, well, it would probably be a casual shrug, accompanied by a "Golly
This is Manning: understated, not particularly emotive and totally not showy.
As a first-round draft pick in 2004, he engineered a trade to the league's
biggest market, where he drives a Toyota, revels in bland and is still carrying
the now NFC East-leading Giants.
Down 12 with 5:41 to play against the Cowboys on Sunday, Manning engineered
two touchdown drives, giving him his NFL-high sixth fourth-quarter game-winning
drive — and his NFL record-tying 14th fourth-quarter touchdown of the year.
He has also pulled the Giants from the brink on the road in Philadelphia,
Arizona and New England this year.
His fourth quarter passer rating (117.0) is 6.0 points higher than Tebow's,
and 4.4 points higher than that of likely MVP Aaron Rodgers. And, like Tebow, he
does seem to turn it up some in the clutch. Manning's completion percentage this
year is 59.8 in quarters one through three, and 66.7 percent (102-of-153) in the
final quarter." Read more...