Eli earns his stripes with playoff win

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TAMPA, Fla. John Mara has been watching Giants football games all his life, but few have held the kind of emotional significance yesterday's did. Full Story
Scott G

Columbia, SC

#1 Jan 7, 2008
Congratulations E...you deserve it. Great performance yesterday against the NFL's #1 pass defense.

Keep it going next week in Big D
Dave from RI

New York, NY

#2 Jan 7, 2008
I listen to the WFAN this morning, and there are still Giants fan complaining that Eli didn't have a dazzling day. For once, recognize that Eli was pretty good against the league's #1 pass defense. 20-27 (and 3 were drops). GEESH, What is wrong with some of you? Please go root for another team if you're so damn unhappy! I live in Pats Central, and yet I see great things on the Horizon for years to come with Giants' team personnel. I could never root for the Pats -- GO BIG BLUE "WRECKING CREW" (sorry I'm a fan product from the late 70's on to the glory years.).
go blue

New York, NY

#3 Jan 7, 2008
since nobody else will say it: manning's performance yesterday is overrated. since when does 150 yds passing and leading a few scoring drives account for a 'sensational' performance? webster, bradshaw and toomer deserve more credit for the win over the bucs. in fact, all of our reserves have stepped up in the face of injuries to shockey, madison, et al
Sothern G-men

Savannah, GA

#4 Jan 7, 2008
Where are all the Eli Haters today.
I see Go Blue is still not happy.
I guess you don't have to know s**t
about football to have an opnion.
Go blue proves that..
Eli Took what the TB defense gave him
I like the way the team has played
the last few weeks.
I guess the 92 yrd TD drive the took
8 mins had nothing to do with the
way Eli played.
Also I think The Coaches did a great
job yesterday..
Now It's on to Dallas.

Go BIG BLUE..
Tom Mullen -San Diego

Fremont, CA

#5 Jan 7, 2008
go blue wrote:
since nobody else will say it: manning's performance yesterday is overrated. since when does 150 yds passing and leading a few scoring drives account for a 'sensational' performance? webster, bradshaw and toomer deserve more credit for the win over the bucs. in fact, all of our reserves have stepped up in the face of injuries to shockey, madison, et al
he mastered a big win douchebag
KJ from Queens

Atlanta, GA

#6 Jan 7, 2008
It is well noted that I am not an Eli fan. However, he played a smart game against the Bucs, he did not put us in a position to lose and he actually put the ball in the endzone. I will give him credit for a good game. Give credit to Toomer who redeemed himself after those dropped passes against NE. For the record I like that kid Boss, reminds me a little of the other TE number 89.
Eric

Inglewood, CA

#7 Jan 7, 2008
Just ignore all of the Eli haters. He played a terrific game. Phil Simms won games the same way and he is now revered. Eli could throw for 300 yards and 3 td's in a Super Bowl victory and it still wouldn't be good enough for his haters. He gets criticized for not being accurate but most fail to note that we led the league in dropped passes including 3 yesterday. He gets criticized for too many turnovers. Yesterday he played mistake free and made plays when he needed to. Tony Romo throws a 5 yard slant that TO turns into a 60yd td and he's brilliant. If Eli does the same the receiver gets credit. He'll never be able to do enough to silence his critics. He played awful in his first playoff game against Carolina. He played well enough last year to beat Philly. This year he played great against the leagues best pass defense. Phil Simms never had flashy stats, neither did Troy Aikman. They just won games. Why can't the same apply here. So he doesn't do back flips when he throws a TD who cares?
He is no Payton

Fairfield, CT

#8 Jan 7, 2008
The reason they led the league in dropped passes is because Eli led the league in passes thrown below the receiver's knees. He also has a lot to learn about leading his receiver to take the trailing cornerback (or linebacker) out of position to break up the pass. When he throws 3 TD passes in a Super Bowl victory, most of his critics will concede that he has come of age, but until he is consistently effective week in and week out, he can not be considered among the leagues finest. He's no scrub, but he also isn't Pro Bowl material either. He has cost the Giants a game or too, but so also has the secondary. Eli has a perfect chance to prove himself by outplaying Romo this weekend. He certainly has the support of his defense and his pass protection has been more than adequate. Let's see him prove that yesterday was not a flash in the pan. The fans deserve it.

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