Reed: "We still got a game left"
Eli Manning’s won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants and become of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. But the Ravens made life very tough for him on Sunday.
The Ravens hounded, harassed and hit Manning throughout the game. They sacked him three times and hit him nine, limiting Manning to just 150 yards passing. That’s a big reason the Giants couldn’t do much on offense as the Ravens rolled to an easy 33-14 victory over New York at M&T Bank Stadium. clinching a second straight AFC North title.
Manning completed 14 of 28 for 150 yards with one late touchdown that came long after the issue had been decided. He couldn’t find time to throw or receivers to throw to as the Ravens had a good day with their pass rush and coverage.
“The Ravens did a very good job on defense,” Manning said. “They put a lot of pressure on me, and they gave us a lot of different looks. They made it very hard for us. It’s one thing to lose. Sometimes you lose at the end of the game, but we didn’t even give ourselves a chance today. We had no momentum, no spark.”
Haloti Ngata, Brendon Ayanbadejo and Omar Brown all sacked Manning. Terrell Suggs had another, but that play was wiped out by a penalty.
The Ravens kept blitzing time and again, often using cornerbacks and safeties. If they didn’t sack Manning, they hit him, often disrupting the play or bothering it in some form. That pressure proved to be a big reason that the New York passing game was largely ineffective.
“The way [Robert Griffin III] rolled out of the pocket and created space for himself, it’s much more difficult to get pressure,” Ayanbadejo said. “If it’s a straight drop-back passer, like Peyton Manning or his brother, today, Eli, it’s easier to get after them. If you have a straight drop-back passer against this defense, he’s usually not going to have a good game.”