If you do something good, the fans clap. If you do something remarkable, they stand up and cheer. That’s what he had to rely on Sunday as he was decked to the turf in MetLife Stadium on the 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz.
“You can kind of hear it as you throw it,” Manning told Mike Francesa during his weekly spot on WFAN. “And then you’re kind of getting hit and you hear the crowd kind of stand up. That’s when they see, hey, he’s throwing it deep and Vic’s open. And then you’re hearing them cheering and then the cheering gets really, really loud. That’s when you know, hey, he might be running this thing. I got up in time to see him running into the end zone and obviously we hit a big play.”
He added: “I guess it’s pretty unique to think about that when you throw a pass, everybody gets to see the catch. Everybody watching the game gets to see the throw, sees the catch, except the one person that throws the ball.”
The long touchdown led to Manning’s 21st regular-season comeback victory in which the Giants rallied from a deficit or tie in the fourth quarter. Along the way, he and the coaches found out how to best prepare for those situations during the week.
“We have a meeting,” Manning said. “One of our meetings is, hey, in a two-minute this is what we’re going to run, these are the plays that we’ll call on the line of scrimmage, these are the plays that we can huddle up and call that might be a little bit different formation or guys in different spots. And then these are the coverages that they play, what they do on third down, and so you study those circumstances.
“So the plays that we ran, a lot of them in the two-minute drill are your base plays. It’s plays you run all the time. It might be plays you run on third down a lot or first down that everybody knows what to do. They should be playing fast. It’s not like a brand new play that all of a sudden if they play a different coverage, guys might not react real quickly. You want guys just seeing and reacting quickly, not having to think and the plays you feel very comfortable with.”
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