New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning answered critics who had any doubt of his status as an elite quarterback in the NFL with his performance in the Giants 21-17 win in Super Bowl XLII.
Playing in his brother Peyton Manning’s house at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Manning finished 30 of 40 for 296 yards and a touchdown, earning his second Super Bowl ring, and second MVP trophy in the big game.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports writes that Eli doesn’t have to play second fiddle at the family dinner table because of one statistic now – Eli 2 Super Bowls, Peyton 1.
Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated writes that Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw’s reluctant touchdown at the end of the game will define this year’s Super Bowl.
John McGrath of The News Tribune provides a run down of some of the best and worst moments of this year’s Super Bowl.
Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com writes the fact that the Seahawks beat the Giants with Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback four months ago, and they went on to win the Super Bowl points to the parity in the NFL.
Steve Rudman of Sportspressnw.com weighs in on former Seahawk Shaun Alexander’s chances of reaching the Hall of Fame. Alexander becomes eligible in 2014. At first blush, statistically Alexander has a good shot. But most Hall of Fame voters who watched him play certainly will have some misgivings comparing Alexander to the likes of Earl Campbell and Walter Payton in terms of running style.
Aaron Levine of Q13 Fox says the Seahawks have expressed an interest in hosting a future Super Bowl by submitting initial paperwork to the league in this video link. I have reached out to the league to confirm this report but have not heard back yet. I’ll provide an update later today.