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Why Eli is a Better QB than Peyton

Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

A professional athlete’s legacy is defined by how many championships they win, Eli Manning is 2-0 in Super Bowls, Peyton Manning is 1-1.

Prior to the 2007 season Eli Manning was known for being the younger brother of Super Bowl MVP, and future hall of  fame quarterback Peyton Manning.  Sure he was a starting NFL QB as well, but did not get the respect that his brother received, and rightfully so, he had yet to accomplish much as the Giants signal caller.

The perception of Eli being the other Manning and living in the shadow of his older brother Peyton has changed quite a bit since the 2007 season.  Two Super Bowl victories over the New England Patriots, and 2 Super Bowl MVP awards has put Eli in a league of his own. 

 By winning his second Super Bowl MVP Eli joins a few of the most respected and elite quarterbacks in the game.  The list includes Bart Star, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, and Tom Brady.   Since Super Bowl XLII Eli is 3-0 against Tom Brady and the mighty New England Patriots.  In all 3 matchups he led his team to late comeback wins.  A stunning statistic is that the Patriots were leading all three contests with a minute or less remaining.

Peyton Manning has always struggled against the Patriots.  After all Tom Brady is his arch nemesis, winning the majority of the matchups between the two.  When  Manning’s Colts finally defeated the Pats in the playoffs, they went on to win the only Super Bowl of his career. Peyton Manning is 9-10 in the post season, Eli is 8-3.  Eli had numerous 4th quarter comebacks this season and has proven to be able to withstand tremendous pressure in the most crucial games.  This past season Eli threw for  4,933 yards, which is 233 more yards than his brother Peyton has ever thrown for in a season. 

In both of his Super Bowl victories Eli played flawless, and was able to complete extremely difficult passes to David Tyree and Mario Manningham that were key in the game winning drives of each contest.  In my opinion Eli is becoming one of the few QB’s that I would want under center with 2 minutes to go in a game, he is proving to be that reliable.

Some will argue that Peyton Manning is the best quarterback in NFL history.  After all he does hold the single season record for the most TD passes with 49, and has 54,828 passing yards.  Eli Manning has 27,579 career passing yards and has quite a few more seasons left to add to that total.  Eli is improving each year, and with a 2nd Super Bowl victory under his belt he  has solidified his place as in NFL history. 

 Who would have thought a few seasons ago that Eli, the younger brother of Peyton would be a shoe in for the hall of fame?  Most importantly, he is the only Manning with 2 Super Bowl rings, and in football championships are what count the most.  Eli has gone from being a great player, to an extraordinary one.

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