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Tom Brady is a great quarterback.

Maybe even greater than great in the modern era, but it’s time to stop the talk about him being the best ever and not because he didn’t “win” his fourth Super Bowl.

Eli Manning is better.

If the Giants had fumbled on their last possession and lost 17-15, I would have said the same thing.

All night, I kept thinking “Is this guy( Brady ) ever called upon to make a difficult throw?”

The answer was no.

When he did have to make some tough, non-dink and dunk throws on the Patriots second to last possession, he threw two passes behind his receivers and, on both of them, Chris Collinsworth blamed the receivers.

The game has been over for about 10 minutes as I’m writing this and I have yet to hear anybody point out that Manning’s 38 yard pass to Manningham on the Giants last possession was one of the best passes ever thrown in an NFL game.


(Finally on ESPN Cris Carter said, “The throw was better than the catch.”  He also pointed out that, in his last two Super Bowls, Brady has attempted 13 passes that went 20 or more yards in the air and he’s 0-13. I don’t know what’s more pathetic — fact that he only threw 13  twenty yard passes or the fact that he didn’t complete any of them.)

************UPDATE ***********************UPDATE******************************

Manningham made what might be called a great catch but it was not as good as the throw and it’s a catch that ANY good NFL receiver should make.

Collinsworth (maybe because he’s a former reciever) went on and on about how Manningham did everything he had to do — keep his feet in bounds, hold on to the ball etc.

Manning had only one place to put the ball. There were two defenders nearby and he had to keep it in bounds. And this was no dink.

It was a 45 yard PERFECT pass.

As I was watching the game I kept thinking about how ridiculous it is to try to compare modern quarterbacks to quarterbacks from long ago.

This game was a dink and dunkfest, but I thought Manning was called on to actually complete passes downfield more often.

I also kept thinking about how the old timers were called on to throw passes downfield AND call their own plays.

I just heard Bob Costas, as I’m writing this, say that, if Brady and Belichick had won tonight, they would have to have been in the conversation as the best coach and quarerback of all time.

So, if Brady’s hail Mary had bounced off of three guys and ended up in a Patriots’ reciever’s hands, he would have instantly become the greatest quarterback ever? But now, maybe he’s not?


You will be watching and hearing about Mario Manningham’s catch for the rest of your life.

Remember that it was  a ball that should have been caught and it was one of the best clutch throws any quarterback in any era has ever made in a championship game.