Eli Manning may never get another chance to beat his older brother Peyton, after the Broncos pulled away from the Giants in the 2nd half winning 41-23. Peyton is now 3-0 against Eli. He won 26-21 in 2006, and won again in 2010 38-14, both with the Colts.
The turing point in this one came with 14 seconds left in the first half and the Giants driving. That’s when Eli Manning was intercepted in the end-zone by Dominique Rodgers Cromartie taking away at least 3, if not 7 points away from the Giants. That was a huge rally killer for the G-Men and Denver went into the half leading 10-9, hardly the score anyone expected.
The Giants were leading 17-16 late in the 3rd quarter and feeling good about still being in the game, when Knowshown Moreno broke a 25-yard run to give Denver a 24-16 lead.
The 2nd biggest play happened early in the 4th quarter on a pass intended for Reuben Randle that deflected off the foot of Broncos defensive back Tony Carter and fell right into the hands of Chris Harris.
Five plays later, Peyton Manning found Juluis Thomas in the end-zone that extended the Broncos lead to 31-16.
The Giants were forced to punt on the teams next drive, and then the game finally got out of hand when Trindon Holliday returned a Steve Weatherford punt 81-yards for a touchdown. That made the score 38-16 and officially ended Eli’s hopes of finally beating his older brother.
The Giants would add another score off a Darrell Scott 23-yard touchdown catch, and the Broncos would add another field goal to win the game by a score of 41-23.
It was a rough day for Eli Manning who followed up his 3 interception game last week against Dallas, by throwing 4 more in this one. Eli now leads the NFL with 7 interceptions as the Giants fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2007, the same year the team won the Super Bowl.
Other than a few Wes Welker drops, Peyton was superb completing 30/43 passes for 307 yards, 2 touchdowns and zero turnovers.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from this one was the fact that the Giants couldn’t generate any sort of rushing attack. The Giants ran the ball 19 times, and racked up just 23 yards on those plays. Tom Coughlin was in no rush to go back to David Wilson after his 2 fumble performance in Dallas by playing Darrell Scott and the newly re-acquired Brandon Jacobs more than Wilson.
The Giants now face a crucial game against the Panthers next Sunday. It’s not a must-win for the Giants because the Eagles, Cowboys, and Redskins all lost, meaning the Giants are still just 1 game out of first place.
If the Giants beat the Panthers next week, the team could actually be tied for first place in the division. Giants fans may be scared right now, but a win next week could get the team right back on track.