Following the conclusion of Super Bowl XLVIII and their subsequent grades, Pro Football Focus announced on Tuesday their All-Postseason Team (2008-2013). And although the Super Bowl XLII champion New York Giants missed out on the cut by only a single year, their Super Bowl XLVII championship team did not.
Using their time-tested formula, Pro Football Focus chose from the highest rated postseason performers dating back to 2008. And the very first player named to the All-Postseason team? None other than Big Blue quarterback Eli Manning, who received a +20.6 rating for his performance during the 2011 Super Bowl run which culminated with a Lombardi Trophy and Super Bowl MVP Award.
"It had to be something special to beat out the 2010 year of Aaron Rodgers and boy was it. Manning did the unthinkable in overcoming ridiculous amounts of pressure to push his team to the big game where his Giants would win it all."
But Manning wasn't alone. Two other Giants were also named to this team, including wide receiver Hakeem Nicks who received a +7.6 rating. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who received a +13.0 rating, was also named to the team.
"When you see the gap between Fitzgerald and Nicks you see just how good Fitzgerald was in pulling the Cardinals to the promised land. It was a remarkable effort that saw him average over 111 yards in four games, including a herculean effort in the Super Bowl. Nicks has fallen on hard times with injuries, but if you think he has the talent he displayed in 2011, then you make him an offer he can’t refuse in free agency."
And, finally, there was punter Steve Weatherford who was given a +7.3 rating.
"An underrated weapon in the Giants field position based attack."
It's also worth noting that Manning's +20.6 was the highest rating for any NFL player in the postseason over this span (2008-2013).
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