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Unflappable Manning lets instincts take over

On the biggest stage possible, Eli Manning demonstrated poise under pressure and a flair for the unpredictable, writes John Clayton.

Originally Published: February 3, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Had the Patriots tried to spy on the Giants -- specifically QB Eli Manning -- before Super Bowl XLII, it would have been pointless.

In the fourth quarter of the Giants' 17-14 upset victory over the Patriots, Manning made plays no photographer could have captured before the game. That's because they weren't in the playbook.

• Manning, not known as a scrambler, broke free of the Patriots' pass rush, scrambled to his right and made an incredible ...

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