Okay, I know there are some things that all of us can never agree on. But one thing we can agree on is what makes a great/elite quarterback. He has to be a leader on and off the field. In clutch situations, he has to make the throws. He absolutely must not throw the game away.
I know this is going to be hard for many here to accept (I'm not sure if even I believe it). But facts are facts.
Eli Manning made the necessary throws. Except for one INT in the first half (that didn't lead to any NE pts), he didn't throw the game away. His avoiding the sack and throwing a 32-yd pass to keep the game-winning TD drive alive was downright CLUTCH. He did what needed to be done to win the game. Future HOFer Tom Brady did not.
Do you see where I'm going with this?
I believe Eli Manning is an elite quarterback. He (as well as the rest of the Giants) went into the game knowing full well that they faced not only a team that already beat them in the regular season, but was 18-0 (of course, it could also be noted that they also beat Dallas and Green Bay along the way, and both of those teams beat the Giants in the regular season. Go figure.) They weren't intimidated. They made plays. They also minimized mistakes. And then they beat what many people were ready to anoint the 'Greatest Team of All Time.' Paper champs LOL.
Some people may think that praising E. Manning comes at Romo's expense, but I don't. It takes nothing whatsoever from Romo. Romo is still the undrafted QB that spent years clawing his way up to the depth charts to get where he is now. I'd still take Romo over E. Manning any day of the week, SB ring and all.
UPDATE: Amazing play.