Let me provide you a statistic that may just blow your mind upon you hearing it. Eli Manning and the New York Giants finished 32nd in the league in rushing. That’s right. They finished dead last. And now they’re Super Bowl Champions. For all of those people out there that want to claim Eli Manning as an "Above Average" QB that lives in the shadow of his older brother and rides on the back of an elite team, your argument is pretty much done now that Eli has brought home his 2nd Lombardi Trophy. The fact they’ve both been against the hated New England Cheats is just a little bonus credit for us Panther fans.
The Giants offense has lived and died on the back of Eli Manning this year. And he has brought them results. The question is no longer "Would Eli Manning have his job if it wasn’t for his last name." But rather, "Which one do you want quarterbacking your team in the Super Bowl?"
Career statistics and more after the Jump!
It’s a hard question to ask! After all, Peyton Manning has at times been held back by his team. He was always ‘blessed’ by bad defense after bad defense every single year and the Colts front-office has taken advantage of it by not trying as hard to get pieces around on the defense to help build them up. They keep fiddling around with this ‘undersized’ defensive line scheme and then they wonder why they get pushed around in the running game. They’ve taken some risky picks in the draft because it doesn’t matter as much if they get them wrong. It’s Peyton friggen Manning! He’ll get you to the playoffs even if you had pre-schoolers playing with him.
Sure, Eli has more trophies now, but it’s not a farfetched idea to wonder how Peyton would have done if he was with the Packers, the Bears, or another elite team that could have really used him this past decade. Especially considering what we saw when Peyton Manning wasn’t part of the main lineup this year. On the other hand, this can no way discount Eli’s achievements and the fact that he has now won one more Super Bowl Trophy than his brother. At the end of the day, you’ve got to get the job done. Eli Manning has gotten the job done twice now, truly a remarkable thing to show off against his older brother!
Now for the Career Statistics!
Peyton Manning: 15 year career and a 147-69 record as starter – 11 trips to the playoffs for a 9-10 record and 1 SB Trophy – 64.9 percentage of his 7210 passes completed for 54828 yards and 399 touchdowns with 198 interceptions. Overall QB Rating? 94.5 More stats here.
Eli Manning: 8 year career and a 69-50 record as starter – 5 trips to the playoffs for a 8-3 record and two SB trophies – 58.4 percentage of his 3941 passes completed for 27579 yards and 185 touchdowns with 129 interceptions. Overall QB Rating? 82.1 More Stats here.
And now for a poll! Who would you rather have in the Super Bowl? Eli Manning or Peyton Manning?