Sacked six times, Eli Manning bounced back up after each one in the NFC Championship against the 49ers last season. From his muddied jersey to a relocated chinstrap after a hit, it left an impression on Jim Harbaugh.
The San Francisco head coach said as much yesterday on a conference call with Giants beat reporters when asked if Manning impressed him that day.
“Yes, he is a magician,” Harbaugh said. “The things that he gets out of, gets into, throws that he makes, things that he sees and the way that he’s able to execute. That’s one of the words I would use to describe him. Also, just a football player. That’s pretty much the highest compliment you can give a football player. There are just so many things, that’s the way we look at him.”
One of those throws was a 17-yard touchdown to Mario Manningham in the fourth quarter on third-and-15.
“Not a good memory,” Harbaugh said of the score that gave the Giants a 17-14 lead with 8:34 left in regulation. “I would be a bigger fan if I didn’t have to play against him.”
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