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Top 5 Eli Manning Comebacks


Oct. 23, 2005: Manning steers comeback to snap Broncos' win streak

Down by six points with 3:29 to go (they were down by 13 early in the fourth quarter), a young Eli Manning engineered a 15-play, 83-yard final drive that resulted in a two-yard touchdown to Amani Toomer for a 24-23 victory.

Here is a clip from the Associated Press article after the game:  *

[EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) --With less than a full season as a starter under his belt, Eli Manning is already developing a flair for the dramatic finish.

For the second week in a row -- and the third time in 13 starts dating to the middle of last season -- the second-year quarterback brought the New York Giants back from a fourth-quarter deficit on their final drive. On Sunday, he threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Amani Toomer with 5 seconds remaining to defeat the Denver Broncos 24-23. The win snapped Denver's five-game winning streak, the Broncos' longest since the 2000 season.

A week earlier, Manning threw a touchdown pass to Jeremy Shockey with 19 seconds left in regulation against Dallas in a game the Giants lost 16-13 in overtime. In the final game last season, he drove the Giants 66 yards in the final 1:49 to defeat Dallas 28-24.

For Manning, Sunday's game topped the list.

"A two-minute drive against a good team that's playing well, and to score a game-winning touchdown -- that's definitely the biggest play of my career," he said.]*

Sept. 17, 2006: Giants rally from 17-point deficit to beat Eagles in OT

Manning brought the Giants back from a 17-point hole in the fourth quarter and threw a 31-yard strike to Plaxico Burress with 3:11 left in the extra frame for a 30-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Surviving eight sacks, Manning finished 31 of 43 for 371 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. It came a week after Peyton and the Indianapolis beat the Giants at home in the season opener and was New York's first win over the Eagles with Donovan McNabb at quarterback since the 2000 playoffs.

"It was a huge win," Manning said at the time. "It wasn't the prettiest one. It was downright ugly for us for a while. We couldn't get anything going."

Feb. 3, 2008: Eli, Giants shock the Patriots for Super Bowl XLII victory

You'd be hard-pressed to find anything that hasn't already been said or written about Super Bowl XLII. So enjoy this stroll down memory lane with the NFL Network. 

Nov. 6, 2011: Manning one-ups Tom Brady in Foxborough

What could make a locker room explode like this? Another win over a Patriots team to break another streak, that's what. In a Week Nine meeting this season, Manning orchestrated a drive that brought back Super Bowl memories. With 1:36 remaining (it was 2:42 in the Super Bowl), Manning and company drove 80 yards (83 in SBXLII) that climaxed with a Jake Ballard touchdown for a 24-20 victory. The Giants' sixth win in seven games halted the Patriots' 21-game home winning streak.

"If it was thrown anywhere else, I wouldn't have caught it," Ballard said at the time. "You dream about making catches like that."

Dec. 11, 2011: Manning rallies to beat Dallas in Cowboys Stadium for the third time

It was looking pretty grim this past Sunday night. On the verge of a five-game losing streak and falling out of playoff contention, the Cowboys scored two unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter, leaving Manning a 12-point hole with 5:41 to play. Manning, who had already pulled out five wins in the final frame this season, hooked up with Jake Ballard two minutes later. One down. After a three-and-out by the Cowboys offense, Manning took over on his own 42. Manning hit Ballard for 21, Victor Cruz for eight, and Ballard for 18 more, taking it down to the one-yard line that set up a Brandon Jacobs' touchdown. D.J. Ware rushed in for a successful two-point conversion, and with a lift from Jason Pierre-Paul's blocked field goal on the other side, the Giants won, 37-34.


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