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BRACKET CHALLENGE: Eli Manning vs. Plaxico Burress

BRACKET CHALLENGE: Eli Manning vs. Plaxico Burress

Eli Manning vs. Plaxico Burress


QB Eli Manning, 2011
Stats: 359/589 PASS ATT, 4,933 YDS, 29 TD, 8.4 Y/A

Holding virtually every passing record in franchise history, Eli Manning painted a masterpiece in 2011. He threw for a team-record 4,933 yards in the regular season, which was capped by 346-yard, three-touchdown performance with a 136.7 passer rating in the team's Week 17 victory over the Cowboys to clinch the NFC East. Things only got better from there. Manning completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,219 yards and nine touchdowns to just one interception in four postseason games. He was named Super Bowl MVP for the second time in his career.

*WR Plaxico Burress, 2007
Stats: 70 REC, 1,025 YDS, 12 TD *
While recording the fourth and final 1,000-yard season of his career in 2007, Burress caught a personal-best 12 touchdowns. He averaged 14.6 yards per catch and had 11 receptions of 25 yards or longer. He bookended the regular season with three touchdowns at Dallas in the opener and two against undefeated New England in the finale. He would see the Patriots again in Super Bowl XLII. After David Tyree's helmet catch, Burress capped the drive with a 13-yard touchdown catch from Eli Manning to put the Giants ahead by three points with 35 seconds remaining.