The last time the New England Patriots faced the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, Tom Brady came into the game as a three-time champion who had led the league in touchdowns, while Eli Manning was a first-time finalist who had led the league in interceptions. Up to that point, Manning had shown little reason to believe he belonged at Brady's level. Manning and the Giants walked away with the Lombardi Trophy, though, and in the following four years the quarterback has proven that he can play at his best in January. A big game in Indianapolis against the Patriots on Feb. 5 could cement his legacy among the best playoff quarterbacks in recent history. The last time Manning played the Patriots, however, his performance was nowhere near that level.
5hEric D. Williams