Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/18/14

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks to throw a pass against the New York Jets on August 29, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
2012 Record: 9-72012 DownfallManning's Cold SnapComing off his second Super Bowl championship, a game in which he won his second MVP award, Eli Manning looked poised to defend this gold.How could he not be? The Giants were off to a 6-2 start, though statistically, he had just 12 touchdowns and eight picks.The next two games would be losses; a close defeat to Pittsburgh (Manning completed just 41.6 percent of his passes) and a rout against the Bengals. He threw no touchdowns and three interceptions across those games as the team sunk to 6-4.A comeback performance vs. the Packers came at the best time (3 TD, 0 INT), but the Giants would lose three of their next four. With the season in the balance, Manning had a 38.9 rating against the very Falcons that New York humbled in the 2011 playoffs, followed by a loss to Baltimore, where Manning completed only half of his passes.Run Defense CrumblesFor as great as Manning has proven to be, he goes through muddled funks at odd times. The secon...
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