Clutch Resume: Eli Manning’s top 10 career-defining moments

Eli Manning, New York Giants. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
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9. One Giant Comeback on the Road – September 17, 2006

In Week 2 of the 2006 schedule, the Giants traveled to Philadelphia to play a rivalry game against the Eagles. However, by the end of the third quarter there was nothing big about Big Blue; especially not their score. After falling behind 24-7 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Giants win probability was 4.9%, according to Pro Football Reference, with 10:23 left to play.

In a fourth quarter with turnovers and offensive miscues for both teams, Manning managed to orchestrate a 17-point comeback that featured a catch-and-fumble to Plaxico Buress that WR Tim Carter would recover in the endzone; a TD pass to Amani Toomer that capped off a 43 second scoring drive for 33 yards; and finally, a 35 yard field goal by former Giants kicker, Jay Feely, to tie the game at 17-all.

Manning’s ability to score on three fourth quarter drives meant the Giants had an opportunity to win in overtime and, in typical Eli fashion, most of it wasn’t smooth due to the relentless pressure from the Eagles defense.

Regardless, he got his team where they needed to be like he has done many times in his career.
After more than ten minutes of back-and-forth football where both defenses managed to create turnovers-on-downs to get their offenses back on the field, Plaxico Burress and Eli Manning would break the cycle and deliver the final blow on a 31-yard touchdown reception to complete their comeback and seal the win for their team.

Manning’s overtime win over the Eagles remains one of the best moments for Giants fans in this historic rivalry.