The New York Giants’ misery continued when Eli Manning was intercepted late in the fourth quarter when the Giants were driving, ending a potential comeback. Manning threw it to a wide-open Brandon Myers, who had to jump to bring the ball in. Instead, the ball went off of Myers’ fingertips and into the hands of Tim Jennings for his second interception of the game.
So the debate among Giants’ fans is clear. Who is more at fault for the interception? Both players have to share the blame, but one is to blame more than the other. Who would that be? The throw from Manning reminds me a bit of the throw New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady made to Wes Welker in Super Bowl XLVI against the Giants.
Brady read the zone coverage, so Brady got the ball over the corners but put zip on the pass in order for the ball to get there before the safety arrived. The ball was high and behind Welker, but it hit Welker in the hands and he was supposed to bring that in. He didn’t, and the rest is history as the Giants came back to win the game and the championship.
Fast-forward to last night’s pass, and Manning read zone coverage as well. As Manning stated, he was looking to get the ball over the linebackers, but put zip on the pass so it could reach Myers before the corners and the safeties were able to come over and intercept it or break it up.
Therefore, I must place blame on Myers for not bringing that pass in. I shouldn’t make comparisons in this instance, but I believe Martellus Bennett, Jake Ballard, Kevin Boss and Jeremy Shockey would’ve caught that ball.