The Steelers and Giants will meet on Sunday at Heinz Field in a critical game for both teams, as the Steelers are tied for first with the Ravens at 6-5, and the Giants are 8-3 on the season, good for second in the NFC East behind the 10-1 Cowboys.
Every time these two teams meet, it’s always about the two quarterbacks, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and Giants thrower Eli Manning. The two have had three matchups since they were drafted in 2004, with the Steelers winning two of the three games, the only loss coming at Heinz Field in 2008.
Both Manning and Ben have won two Super Bowls, but even today the New York Post admits that Roethlisberger has turned out to be a better pro than Eli, despite the fact that Manning was drafted number one overall by the Chargers before his daddy threw a hissy fit and had his son traded to the Giants.
The Steelers defense has done an excellent job against Eli in the three meetings, to the point where he’s never had a game of over 200 yards throwing against the Steelers.
Here’s a breakdown of the three meetings for Manning with the Steelers since being drafted in 2004.
December 18th 2004 33-30 Steelers Win – 16-for-23 for 182 yards 2 Touchdowns 1 interception QB rating of 103.9
October 26th 2008 21-14 Giants Win – 19-for-32 for 199 yards 1 Touchdown 1 interception QB rating of 87.9
November 4th 2012 24-20 Steelers Win – 10-for-24 125 yards 0 Touchdowns 1 interception QB rating of 41.1
From the Steelers perspective they have done a great job against Eli, holding him to 3 touchdowns, 3 interceptions and an average of 168.6 yards throwing per game.
If they can hold him down to those type of numbers on Sunday, it would be a good bet they should be able to land the Giants their fourth loss of 2016 while getting to 7-5 on the season.
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