Quarterbacks offer one of the most intrguing tale-of-the-tapes comparisons for Sunday’s New York Giants’ NFC tilt with the host 49ers. It’s Eli Manning vs. Alex Smith, a matchup of No. 1 overall draft picks who have come through in the clutch this season.
Let’s cut to their fourth-quarter stats:
Manning leads the league with a 121.7 passer rating in the fourth quarter, completing 57-of-83 attempts (68.7 percent) for a league-high 803 yards, which equates to about 25 percent of his season yardage. He’s thrown 8 of his 15 touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, and 2 of his 6 interceptions.
Smith, with three fourth-quarter comebacks to his 2011 name, has the fourth-best passer rating in the fourth quarter, 106.7. He is 24-of-36 for 264 yards with 2 TDs and 0 interceptions.
Manning was 8 of 14 for 96 yards in the Giants’ fourth-quarter rallies (yes, they took the lead twice in the final quarter) of Sunday’s 24-20 upset win at New England.