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Eli Manning's comeback drive instills confidence in new Giants

Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants

Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks to throw a pass against the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Mike Stobe

Eli Manning has done it so often - if not recently - that when he steps onto the field for a late drive, he expects to be able to score a touchdown.

Not everyone on the Giants is like that. At least they weren't before Sunday night.

"When you get some new guys, we haven't had a whole lot of guys on this team who have been a part of that from an offensive line, from tight ends to receivers," Manning said in his weekly radio appearance on WFAN Monday evening. "It's new to them. To give them that confidence and give them that expectation that we're about to go score, they might not have it where as in my mind I'm expecting it, I totally feel we're going to score. For them it's got to happen a few times until they expect it. They might want it, they might hope it, but they maybe don't expect it. And I think now that you have that experience of going and doing it, we can get more confident in those scenarios."

Manning has had a knack for late-game comebacks since college. His first NFL victory was a comeback win over the Cowboys. Sunday was, by the Giants' account, the 28th time he has led the team to victory in a game in which they were tied or trailed in the fourth quarter.

"I guess it's just excitement about the opportunity to go win the game," he said when asked why he thrives in such situations. "It kind of comes down to that scenario. I always thought the plays you run in the two-minute are the ones you feel very comfortable with. You have good reads, guys are playing fast, you're playing fast, the ball is getting out, you can make adjustments quickly. That's something where as we get more comfortable with this offense we're finding what plays we can play fast in. We're running plays where whatever the coverage is - if you're getting zone, you're getting man, you're getting Tampa-2 - you're getting plays that work. I think we're getting comfortable with what we like and it's exciting. We're about to go win the game. Those [thoughts] don't happen on all of the drives. This is the one where you have a chance to go win it and that's what you're going to do."


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