Captain Comeback: Super Finale for Eli, Giants

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Feb 06, 2012



By Scott Kacsmar
Cold, Hard Football Facts' Own Eli Manning


How fitting was it – to the Captain’s delight – that the 2011 season would end with a fourth quarter comeback/game-winning drive in the Super Bowl?
 
Super Bowl XLVI was an instant classic, filled with tons of strategic decision making, heartbreak, history, mistakes, and disturbing NBC images of Tom Brady.
 
This game delivered, and the streak of great Super Bowl games going down to the fourth quarter is alive and well at nine years and counting. For just the 11th time, a team won the Super Bowl with a fourth quarter comeback (also the 15th game-winning drive in a Super Bowl).
 
The story heading in was defense – primarily the lack thereof – between the New York Giants and New England Patriots. The matchup was expected to produce the worst Super Bowl championship defense in NFL history. The Giants were just 9-7 and actually allowed more points (400) than they scored (394) in the regular season. Either team would set a record for worst Defensive Passer Rating (86.1) to win a Super bowl.
 
The defenses did show up, however, to produce a 21-17 finish, albeit in a game with a limited number of possessions. In the end, the game played out all too similar to the team’s last two meetings, with the same result: the Giants delivering a clutch game-winning drive to beat the Patriots in the final minute.
 
Eli Manning was named Super Bowl MVP for the second time in his career to cap off a historic season. Manning tied NFL single-season records with his 7th fourth quarter comeback of the season, tying his brother Peyton Manning (2009). He also tied Jake Delhomme (2003) with his 8th game-winning drive of the year. Finally, he joins Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to lead two fourth quarter comebacks to win Super Bowls. Without question, Eli Manning really was the “Captain Comeback” of this season, and he’s shown this ability for years now.
 
Speaking of Captain Comeback, this will be the final edition for the 2011 season. It’s been a blast doing it every week, and the Captain’s going out in style. After attacking this Super Bowl from so many angles, we’ll leave you with a season recap.

Elite Eli Outguns Brady Again

Before the regular season even started, Eli Manning claimed he was an elite quarterback in the same class as Tom Brady. He spent the 2011 season backing up his words. Not only did Manning outplay and beat Brady for a third straight meeting, he put his name in the record books with a record-tying number of fourth quarter comebacks (7) and game-winning drives (8) in one season.
 
Why would Peyton Manning be disappointed that his brother Eli has two rings to his one? It’s the reason Tom Brady doesn’t have five rings in his collection.
 
Hard to believe, but two of the only quarterbacks NFL history to lead seven fourth quarter comebacks in one season are Peyton Manning (2009) and Eli Manning (2011). Eli is also now one of two quarterbacks to produce eight game-winnning drives in a single season, a record that was held by, of all quarterbacks, Jake Delhomme.
 
Most Game-Winning Drives, Single-Season
Rk QB Team Season GWD Result
1 Eli Manning NY Giants 2011 8 Won Super Bowl
2 Jake Delhomme Carolina 2003 8 Lost Super Bowl
3 Dan Pastorini Houston 1978 7 Lost AFC-C
4 Brian Sipe Cleveland 1979 7 No Playoffs
5 Bernie Kosar Cleveland 1986 7 Lost AFC-C
6 Don Majkowski Green Bay 1989 7 No Playoffs
7 Jake Plummer Arizona 1998 7 Lost NFC-D
8 Peyton Manning Indianapolis 1999 7 Lost AFC-D
9 Tom Brady New England 2003 7 Won Super Bowl
10 Peyton Manning Indianapolis 2009 7 Lost Super Bowl
 
As the Captain wrote in Week 9, Eli’s season “may finish as a historic one”, which it did. We also looked at why the Patriots and Brady must really hate those Manning brothers:
  • New England has only allowed a game-losing touchdown in the last minute 5 times since 2001; all 5 have come at the hands of Peyton (2) and Eli Manning (3)
  • Of the 10 fourth quarter comebacks the Patriots have allowed since 2001, 5 of them have been by Peyton (2) and Eli Manning (3).
  • Of the 12 game-winning drives the Patriots have allowed since 2001, 6 of them have been by Peyton (3) and Eli Manning (3).
  • Peyton Manning led the largest comeback in Championship Game history (18 points) to deny the 2006 Patriots another Super Bowl.
  • Eli Manning led the greatest drive in NFL history to prevent the 2007 Patriots from completing the perfect 19-0 season in Super Bowl XLII.
  • In Week 9 this season, Eli’s fourth quarter comeback was the only the Patriots have allowed at home since 2001, and it ended a 31-game winning streak at home in the regular season by Tom Brady.
  • The Patriots won 10 straight games after that, but lost again to Eli’s Giants in Super Bowl XLVI after another fourth quarter comeback.
Since 2001, only three teams have been able to pull off a season sweep of the Patriots. The 2005 Denver Broncos did it, followed by the Manning brothers and their teams: 2006 Colts, 2011 Giants.

Put a Manning brother and Bernard Pollard on the same team, and you have the ultimate kryptonite to cripple the Patriots.

It also just got a little worse to be a San Diego fan, as the Chargers made that infamous trade in the 2004 draft with Manning and Philip Rivers. Before this season the argument could be easily made that Eli’s lone ring was a bit of a fluke, and they’ll gladly keep the superior Rivers.

But there’s no longer any fluke to it, as the ring count has grown, and Rivers just had his worst season. Our classic collage is more fitting than ever.
We can even enlist the help of Rivers to insist us in gauging the emotional level of those involved with the game:


 
Seriously, what was Brady thinking with the modeling segment for NBC?
 

Super Bowl XLVI

New York Giants vs. New England Patriots
Winner: New York Giants (21-17)

Type: 4QC/GWD
Largest Deficit: 2 (17-15)
Quarterback: Eli Manning (21 4QC, 25 GWD – table)
 
The most overanalyzed game of the year finally kicked off as the Patriots kept true to form, choosing to defer after winning the coin toss. Even the coin toss was a story, as the AFC won for the first time in 15 years.
 
The Giants would start the first drive at their own 23. Eli Manning converted the first third down of the game to Victor Cruz for 8 yards. In Super Bowl XLII, it was four third down conversions by the Giants on the opening drive that produced the longest drive in Super Bowl history (9:59).
 
Four plays later Manning zipped a dangerous pass to Hakeem Nicks on the right side for a 19-yard gain to the NE 33. But that’s when Manning began to hold the ball too long and was sacked. The Giants also showed a tendency in the game to run the ball on second-and-long situations, bringing up a 3rd and 13. Manning was again sacked, pushing the Giants out of field goal range and forcing a punt.
 
Steve Weatherford earned his Super Bowl paycheck as the punter, pinning the Patriots at their own 6 with a great kick. New England took the field for the first time, and things got off to the most unusual of starts.
 
The Patriots often like to pass deep in their own end with Tom Brady usually in the shotgun. This time he dropped back out of a run formation, and had a very clean pocket. But as he continued to hold the ball, the pressure came from Justin Tuck, and Brady threw a deep pass from his end zone right down the middle of the field to no one in particular as Tuck delivered the hit.
 
After some conferencing, the flag was thrown for intentional grounding, and the Giants had a most unexpected 2-0 lead on the safety. It was the third safety Brady has been involved in this season. With so many people expecting greatness on a big night for his career, Brady got off to a shockingly bad start.
 
On the third play of their drive, Ahmad Bradshaw ripped off a 24-yard run out to the NE 33. Later with the ball at the 11, the Giants faced a 3rd and 3 and another critical mistake was committed by the Patriots. After forcing a fumble on a reception by Cruz, the takeaway was negated because New England had 12 defensive players on the field. It’s not the kind of mistake you expect to see in a Super Bowl.
 
The Giants would make them pay for it, as Manning threaded a pass that went past a leaping Jerod Mayo into the hands of Cruz, who bobbled it for a second, but then caught it for a 2-yard touchdown. The Giants led 9-0 with 3:24 left in the first quarter, and they outgained the Patriots 108 to 0. Manning set a Super Bowl record by starting the game 9/9 passing.
 
Desperately needing a scoring drive, Brady hit three consecutive passes for 41 yards. The game moved into the second quarter as the Patriots reached the red zone. But on third down, Brady’s pass was deflected at the line by Jason Pierre-Paul, and New England settled for a 29-yard field goal.
 
New York lost backup tight end Travis Beckum on the next drive to a torn ACL. After a nice high catch by Nicks on third down, the Giants once again had the ball in New England territory. But an illegal substitution penalty and bizarre run on 2nd and 15 led to the Giants punting.
 
Brady had his second straight pass knocked down by Pierre-Paul. On 3rd and 7, he threw right for Wes Welker, but came up a yard short for the first down on the diving attempt at the NE 29. That’s the same spot on the Lucas Oil field where the Patriots turned the ball over on downs at in the 2009 “4th and 2” game against the Colts. They simply punted after going three and out this time.
 
 The Giants began getting good chunks of yards on the ground, but a big turning point came. After converting a 3rd and 1 with a 10-yard run to the NE 36, the play was negated by a suspect holding call on guard Kevin Boothe. Instead it set up a 3rd and 10, and Mario Manningham was unable to haul in Manning’s pass. Weatherford had another beauty of a punt (51 yards), pinning the Patriots at their own 4.
 
With 4:03 left, the Patriots began the drive with a false start by Logan Mankins, pushing them back to their own 2. Brady beat the blitz with a 7-yard pass to Welker for some breathing room. Two plays later he finally targeted TE Rob Gronkowski, who played for four quarters, but was largely ineffective due to the ankle injury. Gronkowski finished with two catches on three targets for 26 yards. His 20-yard gain was his best play of the night.
 
At the two-minute warning in a fast-moving game, Brady started to target Aaron Hernandez. He caught four passes for 38 yards, getting out of bounds twice to stop the clock. After a 10-yard pass to Welker, it was Danny Woodhead’s turn to get in on the action, catching a pair of passes for 19 yards.
 
With 0:15 left and a big 3rd and 3 at the NYG 4, Brady struck before halftime with a 4-yard touchdown to Woodhead. The Giants only rushed three, and Brady had over five seconds to deliver the pass. Woodhead found an opening and made the easy touchdown with 0:08 left.
 
After seemingly dominating the first half, the Giants actually trailed 10-9 and the Patriots were getting the ball first to start the third quarter. Brady was 10/10 for 98 yards on the drive. The Giants were struggling to get any pressure on him.
 
No comment on Madonna’s halftime show.
 
The first play from scrimmage in the third quarter was almost comical. Brady went play action, and found an open Chad Ochocinco for his longest completion of the game: a 21-yard gain to out near midfield. With only 15 catches in the regular season, Chad was right at his per game average of 1.0 receptions/game.  
 
BenJarvus Green-Ellis found running room for a 17-yard gain, his best of the night. Five plays later, Brady found Hernandez who maneuvered into the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown and 17-9 lead with 11:20 left in the quarter.
 
The Patriots had it rolling now with 17 unanswered points. Brady found his groove, completing 20/23 passes, including a Super Bowl record of 16 straight completions. Now it was the Giants that desperately needed to answer.
 
A good kick return brought the ball out to the 35, and the Giants moved into Patriots’ territory with short passes. They often found their reserve tight ends like Bear Pascoe open on the night, as the Patriots were far more concerned with the wide receivers.
 
But the drive would stall and Lawrence Tynes was forced to kick a 38-yard field goal, which he just narrowly squeezed past the left upright for a 17-12 deficit.
 
New York found some pressure on Brady on second down, forcing him to throw the ball away and ending his record streak of 16 completions. On 3rd and 8, Brady was sacked by Tuck, and the Giants had come away with a big three and out.
 
Starting the drive at the NE 48, the Giants had near disaster on their second play. Manning found Nicks open for a 17-yard gain, but he had the ball stripped and fumbled. It went backwards to a spot where only Giants could dive and recover the ball. Both teams were very aggressive at stripping for the ball all game long, and it’s no surprise a few came loose.
 
After getting to the NE 9, the Giants again went for a frustrating rush attempt on 2nd and 8 that went for no gain. Manning was quickly sacked on third down by Rob Ninkovich and Mark Anderson. Tynes made the 33-yard field goal to make it 17-15. Teams should be well aware field goals do not beat the Patriots.
 
The game moved into the fourth quarter, and it’s only fitting it would be another close affair between these two teams. On the second snap, with the ball at his own 43, Brady got greedy. He expertly avoided the sack by Pierre-Paul, but instead of throwing the ball away or continuing with his safe passes; Brady went for the deep ball.
 
His target of choice? The injured Rob Gronkowski, who clearly was not 100%. Chase Blackburn easily caught up to the big Gronk, and made a great catch for a linebacker at his team’s 8-yard line. It was the only turnover of the game. Brady was 0/5 passing on balls thrown 20+ yards in the game.
 
Now it was time for the comeback opportunity for the Giants. After a second down run by Bradshaw that was fumbled and fortunately recovered, the Giants took too long to get set, and had to burn their first timeout. They would convert the third down with a 12-yard pass to Nicks. Three plays later Eli snuck a tight throw into Cruz on 3rd and 1 for 8 yards. Before that, Jake Ballard was injured badly, leaving the Giants with just one healthy tight end the rest of the way.
 
Three plays later the Giants would again have to burn a timeout. On second down, Manningham ran a pattern down the right sideline too close to the line, and caught a perfect pass out of bounds. It would have been a big gain. After taking too long to get the next play ready, the Giants used their second timeout, leaving them with just one and 9:35 on the clock.
 
To make it worse, they were then penalized for a false start, setting up a 3rd and 10. Manning went back to Manningham, who was interfered with early by Sterling Moore, but no flag was thrown. Moore must have picked up some clout after his game-saving play in the AFC Championship on Lee Evans. It wasn’t a good no-call. Giants were forced to punt.
 
The Patriots took over at their own 8, but Brady would convert a 3rd and 5 to Woodhead for 19 yards after moving a little to his right to find the wide open back. A little trickery led to Welker running with the ball for 11 yards, and Brady attempting a block as New England continued to burn clock.
 
With a 3rd and 3 at the NYG 47, Brady made a stick throw to Hernandez for 4 yards and the first down. Giants were starting to enter dangerous territory with only one timeout left. Green-Ellis lost a yard on first down, but Brady went shotgun on second down as the Patriots often do in these situations.
 
But that’s when another critical play happened. With 4:06 left, Brady had all day to find a completely wide open Welker for what would be a 23-yard gain at least. Except, Brady’s pass was a little high, Welker adjusted slightly and could not catch the ball despite it hitting his hands. It’s a play you expect Brady and Welker to make, but it failed this time and that stopped the clock.
 
On third down, Branch was then unable to get Brady’s third down pass, and that also stopped the clock. The Patriots were forced to punt, and the Giants had the stage set for another classic drive. Props to NBC for correctly displaying Manning’s game-winning drive totals in the regular season and playoffs.
 
To set the scene, we had 3:46 left on the clock, and the ball at the NYG 12. With the deficit just 17-15, a time-consuming field goal drive looked like the right strategy. Whatever the Giants expected to score, Eli came out with the intention of throwing the pass of the night.
 
Fading away in that classic Manning style, Eli delivered a perfect pass down the left sideline to Manningham, over two defenders, for a 38-yard gain out to the 50. It wasn’t quite the David Tyree play, but this was very much a skill play by a quarterback and his name-sharing receiver. Bill Belichick would challenge, and that lost timeout would come back to hurt. There was nothing on the replay that even indicated a challenge was warranted.
 
Manning went back to Manningham the next three plays, hooking up twice for 18 more yards. The Giants were now in field goal range, but needed to get closer. Manning found Nicks for 14 yards down to the NE 18 as we hit the two-minute warning.
 
The final two minutes produced an outstanding situation for late-game strategy. With a first down and the Patriots having two timeouts left, it would have been ideal for the Giants to get a first down after making the Patriots burn both timeouts, and then run out the rest of the clock to kick a short field goal for the win.
 
For the Patriots, you had to think about letting the Giants score so you can get the ball back and have a chance. Bradshaw gained 7 yards on first down, and the Patriots waited on their timeouts. Manning threw a quick screen to Nicks for 4 yards, but Nicks went out of bounds to stop the clock. He still got the first down.
 
With the ball at the 7, the Patriots now had to really consider letting the Giants score. Bradshaw gained one yard, and the second timeout was used. At this point, the Giants could take a knee, force the last timeout, and then take another knee to bring up fourth down. The Giants would then let the clock go down to about 0:20 before calling their last timeout, and bringing Tynes on for about a 27-yard field goal.
 
As we’ve seen recently, you hate to ever rely on the kicker, even from this distance. But the Giants did seem content on not scoring the touchdown. Bradshaw ran with no one in his way, and as he tried to go down at the one, his momentum pushed him over the goal line for the touchdown with 0:57 left.
 
Great. We get to see that ugly highlight for years to come. It was the right strategy for the Patriots, and not a good play by Bradshaw. The Giants went for the two-point conversion, because a six-point lead is only marginally better than five, which is no better than four at this point. They didn’t get it after D.J. Ware was stopped on the run.
 
On the 88-yard drive, Manning was 5/6 for 74 yards. He finished the game 30/40 for 296 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, and a 103.8 passer rating.
 
The Patriots would get one more chance. After the touchback, they had 0:57 left, 80 yards to go and one timeout. If they pulled it off, it would instantly go down as the greatest drive ever.
 
Branch and Hernandez were unable to handle Brady’s passes on the first two plays. Then on third down, Tuck brought Brady down for another big sack, forcing the Patriots to use their last timeout. It was four years ago in Super Bowl XLII when the Patriots lost 10 yards and went four and out to end the game.
 
But on 4th and 16, Brady made a great play by buying more time and finding Branch for 16 yards, and Branch got out of bounds to stop the clock with 0:32 left. Game on. Hernandez caught an 11-yard pass over the middle, which wasn’t a particularly good play, as it burned time and Brady spiked the ball with 0:17 left at the NE 44.
 
A quick snap and Brady fired deep incomplete to Hernandez. The Giants were flagged for having 12 players on the field, which didn’t really hurt them as the time still comes off the clock. Nine seconds were left.
 
After Brady threw incomplete for Branch out of bounds, the game would come down to one last play. We hadn’t seen a Hail Mary like this in the Super Bowl since Roger Staubach in 1975 against the Steelers. The Cowboys lost that game 21-17. The Patriots trailed 21-17 here, needing a 51-yard miracle.
 
Brady moved around and fired up the prayer. The ball hit the sea of hands in the end zone, but went harmlessly to the ground as a diving Gronkowski had the last swipe at it. The Giants had pulled it off again, putting them in rarefied air after one of the classic Super Bowls in NFL history.

Tom Brady’s Failed One-Minute Drill
 

Before you hammer Tom Brady too hard here (the Captain’s already written that piece), let’s consider what he was up against on the final drive.
 
Down 21-17, Brady had to go 80 yards with one timeout and 0:57 remaining.
 
Earlier this season we looked at one-minute drills, which were the drives that started in the final 60 seconds of the fourth quarter (or overtime) when a team had the ball in a game that was tied or they trailed by 1-8 points and went on to score and eventually win the game.
 
Since 1981, there have been 104 successful one-minute drills. We have all 103 included in that link, and then Tim Tebow (of course) had one against the Chicago Bears to make it 104. Now also understand that doesn’t mean it’s only been done 104 times since 1981, as there may have been a few times where a team did it to force overtime where they eventually went on to lose.
 
But in terms of scoring on a one-minute drive and winning the game, the number is 104 since 1981.
 
However, not all drives are created equal. Brady had to go 80 yards for a touchdown. How many times has that been done?
 
The answer is twice; once by Billy Joe Tolliver on a Hail Mary to beat the 49ers in 1991, and then by Elvis Grbac in 1997 for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Oakland Raiders. That drive is detailed in the article.
 
Kyle Orton, trailing 7-6 to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 two years ago, went 87 yards on the fluke tipped ball to Brandon Stokley. Those are the only three drives to go 80+ yards.
 
In general, only 12 times has a team scored a touchdown on a one-minute drill when they absolutely needed a touchdown (trailed by 4-8 points).
 
Of our 104 one-minute drills, 22 were touchdowns, 82 were field goals. The average touchdown drive was 57.6 yards.
 
So before you bash Brady for the final drive, keep in mind the odds he was up against. It would have been the kind of drive we’ve only seen twice in 30 years, and one of those was a Hail Mary. Give Brady credit for converting a 4th and 16 and even giving his team a chance for the Hail Mary on the last play.
 
A success in this situation would have merited instant consideration for greatest drive ever.
 

Belichick’s Defense: Patriots surrender 2.38 points per drive

Last week we looked at drive stats for the New England defense, and concluded they were nowhere near as terrible as their reputation this season.
 
In the biggest game of the year, they allowed 19 points, which looks more than respectable in that regard. Clearly, the game wasn’t a giant shootout, and the defense didn’t have a terrible day.
 
But a quick look at the drive stats and you can see those 19 points were allowed on 8 drives, or 2.38 Pts/Drive. That’s worse than the 1.89 Pts/Drive the defense allowed in the regular season. That number of 2.38 would have ranked 30th in the regular season this year.
 
The Patriots did hold strong in their own territory several times, forcing punts and two field goals. But they failed to get a single takeaway, and when it came down to crunch time in the fourth quarter, the Giants hit them with a big pass for 38 yards, and then finished it off with an 88-yard game-winning touchdown drive.
 
Fair or not, you can chalk this up as another late-game failure by Belichick’s defense, and yet another in a Super Bowl. It’s the 7th time since 2007 the Patriots allowed game-winning points in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, and the third time to these Giants.
 
While the 2009 Colts and 2009 Texans had short fields for touchdowns thanks to “4th and 2” and a Brady interception, the Giants have gone for drives of 83, 80 and 88 yards for game-winning touchdowns against this defense.
 
There have been 7 game-winning touchdowns scored in the final minute of the fourth quarter in the playoffs, and three of them are against Belichick’s Patriots: Joseph Addai’s run in the 2006 AFC Championship, Eli Manning to Plaxico Burress in Super Bowl XLII, and now the cringe-worthy to watch run by Ahmad Bradshaw in Super Bowl XLVI that the Patriots had to allow happen.
 
The defense didn’t blow the Super Bowl as the offense failed to score in the final 26:20 of the game, but they once again didn’t stop Eli Manning on the final drive. Third time wasn’t a charm.
 
Can we please dump the tired mantra of “defense wins championships” for the sexier, more savvy “situational football wins championships” going forward? One key stop in any of these games and the Patriots could have won them all. Instead the Giants made more plays every time.
 

Conclusion: Giants live life on the razor's edge

The NFL season is one large puzzle with hundreds of pieces that have to fall in place to finally crown a Super Bowl champion. The New York Giants lived on the edge all season long, trailing in the fourth quarter in 14/19 games this year. They were 7-7, but six straight wins carried them to a title.
 
Would they have even been in the Super Bowl if the San Francisco 49ers didn’t come back against the Saints, setting up a New York at New Orleans NFC Championship? Remember, the Saints were unbeatable at home and waxed the Giants 49-24 this season.
 
But it worked out.
 
Would the Giants have been out of the NFC East race if Tony Romo hooked up with Miles Austin on that third down pass in Week 14? Instead the Giants take the lead, and the Cowboys miss the tying field goal. If they had made it, the game goes to overtime, and maybe Dallas pulls it out that night.
 
But it worked out.
 
If Lee Evans hangs onto the ball and the Giants get the Ravens instead of the Patriots, do they come away with the same thrilling win? If ever a team seemed to get up to play New England, it’s the Giants.
 
But it worked out.
 
If some reporter doesn’t ask Eli Manning before the season if he’s elite, would he have played the same as he did all season long, seemingly taking these meetings with Tom Brady so personal to prove his point that he is in the same class?
 
Giants’ fans may want to thank the person that asked that question, because it all worked out.
 
The 2011 puzzle is complete, and the New York Giants are Super Bowl champions. We chronicled every close game this season, and you know by now the way these results, that often can go either way, shape the very fabric of what happens in the NFL every year.
 
Final 2011 Report (including playoffs):
Fourth quarter comebacks: 70
Game-winning drives: 88
Games with 4QC opportunity: 158/267 (59.2%)
 
The Captain will return next season, better than ever even. Until then, we leave you with a collection of all the relevant Captain Comeback-related links from the 2011 season:
 
Regular Season:
Week 1: Thrivers and Divers
Week 2: Best and Worst
Week 3: A Record-Setting Week
Week 4: Continues The Madness
Week 5: Winning
Week 6: When Old Is New Again
Week 7: The Tebow Zone
Week 8: More Tricks than Treats
Week 9: Down to the Wire
Week 10: NFC West Gone Wild
Week 11: The Old College Try
Week 12: One Large Week To Digest
Week 13: Ready For the Fourth Quarter
Week 14: Eli Does Dallas Edition
Week 15: Perfect Imperfection
Week 16: Lucking Out, or Not?
Week 17: 2011 Regular Season Review
 
Playoffs:
Wild Card History
Wild Card Only Wild in the Tebow Zone
Divisional Playoff History (Pt. 1)
Divisional Playoff History (Pt. 2)
Another Giant San Francisco Treat (Divisional Recap)
Conference Championship History
Special Mistakes Set Up Super Rematch
Before Title Games Were Super (Pre-Merger History)
Super Bowl History
 
Other:
Aaron Rodgers: Front-runner Extraordinaire
Tony Romo: Choke Artist Or Not?
Captain Comeback: Thanksgiving Special
Marino, Sanchez Masters of the One-Minute Drill
Breaking in a Bronco: Tebow Saddled More than Elway
Eli Manning: A Closer Look at New York’s Mr. Clutch
 
Scott Kacsmar is a football researcher/writer who has contributed large quantities of data to Pro-Football-Reference.com, including the only standardized database of fourth quarter comebacks and game-winning drives. He was right; the 2011 Washington Redskins WILL be the answer on a trivia card. And he does demand his reverse psychology degree after that Super Bowl outcome. You can send any questions or comments to Scott at smk_42@yahoo.com and you can follow him on Twitter at @CaptainComeback.

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