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BRACKET CHALLENGE: Eli Manning vs. Lawrence Taylor

BRACKET CHALLENGE: Eli Manning vs. Lawrence Taylor

Eli Manning vs. Lawrence Taylor


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.

LB Lawrence Taylor, 1986
Stats: 105 TACK, 20.5 SACKS, 5 PD, 2 FF

No defensive player has been named the AP NFL Most Valuable Player since Lawrence Taylor in 1986. A unanimous selection, Taylor had a career-high 20.5 sacks, 105 tackles, five passes defensed and two forced fumbles. He led the way in making it the greatest season in team history. That year, the Giants won their first Super Bowl, had a final record of 17-2, and won a club record 12 straight victories. The Giants also set a record for all-time composite margin of victory in the playoffs, outscoring three opponents, 105-23, for an 82-point domination, the most ever in NFL playoff history.

Photos of LB Lawrence Taylor's career with the Giants