Ranking the best quarterbacks in NFL history #44. Eli Manning

44. Eli Manning: even though Manning throws far too many pics (he has led the league in interceptions three times so far in his career), he deserves a spot on the list because of his play in the clutch.

Manning was selected with the first overall pick in the 2004 draft by the San Diego Chargers.  He was traded almost immediately to the New York Giants where he has spent his entire career to this point.  He had a very inauspicious start with the Giants, winning just 1 of his seven starts as a rookie after replacing Kurt Warner. year number two was much better for Manning as he led the Giants to an 11-5 record and a trip to the playoffs.  That season, Manning threw for 3,762 and 24 touchdowns and showed football fans flashes of things to come.

His best statistical seasons came in 2009 and 2011.  In 2009, Manning completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 4,021 yards and 27 touchdowns with only 14 interceptions.  He followed that up in 2011 with a career high 4,933 yards to go along with 29 touchdowns.  That year was also great for the Giants as a team with them winning the second Super Bowl with Manning at the Helm.

His first Super Bowl victory came in the 2007 season when after a 10-6 regular season, the Giants won four close games as the road team.  During that playoff run, Manning threw for 854 yards and six touchdowns against only one interception and was named the Super Bowl MVP.

Four years later, Manning earned another Super Bowl MVP as the Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17.  That playoff run may have been the best that Manning has ever been.  In the four wins, he completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,219 yards and nine touchdowns with only a single interception.

For his career, the three-time Pro Bowler has completed 58.5 percent of his passes for 35,345 yards and 229 touchdowns.


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