By Brian MacPhersonFOXBORO -- Thanks in part to the long shadow cast by his older brother and in part to his stoic demeanor, Eli Manning has tended to fly under the radar in conversations about the top quarterbacks in the NFL.
There's a good reason for that, of course. Thanks to his propensity for interceptions, including an NFL-worst 25 a year ago, Manning has never ranked among the best in the league in quarterback rating. His career passer rating of 82.1 ranks ninth among the 10 quarterbacks with at least 3,000 pass attempts since his rookie season of 2004.
But Manning seems to have come into his own this season, throwing for a career-best 4,933 yards with 29 touchdown passes and just 16 interceptions, third-fewest in his career. He posted a quarterback rating higher than 90 for the second time in three seasons.
More importantly, he's come into his own in the postseason. He has completed 59.8 percenet of his passes in the playoffs, and he's completed 55 percent or more of his ...