1. Eli Manning
No matter what else happens during the Wild Card Round, the New York Giants will only go as far as Eli Manning allows them to. His ability or inability to take care of the ball, as well as his heroics during late-game situations, will be defining factors.
If Playoff Eli still exists, then the Giants will need every ounce of his greatness to show up to the battle in Green Bay.
Manning is a two-time Super Bowl champion and two-time Super Bowl MVP. That alone lends credence to the belief that, regardless of how well he performs in other situations, Manning is a safe bet to show up when it matters most.
Matched up against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, that will need to prove more true than ever before.
When New York and Green Bay played in Week 5, Manning completed 18 of 35 pass attempts for 199 yards and a touchdown. The six points were achieved with the game essentially decided, however, and his overall level of play left plenty to desired.
Come Sunday, the Giants will be looking at Manning for a performance that further establishes why he’s a future Hall of Famer.
The New York Giants are just four wins away from a fifth Lombardi Trophy.