Originally Posted by LonghornsLegend
I find this hard to believe when it wasn't even the best season last year. May not have been top 3. So to call it the best season a QB has had in recent memory is going way over board. He made some huge throws in the playoffs, no doubt about it, but let's not make it something it wasn't.
It was ONE OF THE BEST seasons a QB has had in recent memory. I will concede the fact that Aaron Rodgers was far better last year (regular season), and, arguably, had a better season since he shattered records to such a gaudy degree. Rodgers' last two seasons were better than Manning's season last year (with 2010 being indisputable).
But, if you factor in playoffs, I would consider Eli's 2011 season the best of any QB in the NFL last year. I think there is a good argument for Rodgers, but when it comes down Eli playing in 4 playoff games compared to Rodgers' 1, and to see how well Eli played in all 4 of those games to the 1 mediocre game Rodgers had, then I would probably consider the guy with the Super Bowl MVP award as having the better season.
When you consider what Eli did, even from a statistical standpoint, it was a pretty rare season. Then when you consider how clutch he was, it tends to make last year a rare one and, in my eyes, one of the best seasons a QB has had in recent memory. In 2011 he threw (15) 4th QT TD passes, an NFL record. He tied an NFL record for most game winning drives in a single regular season with 8. He finished the postseason with 2 more game-winning drives in the biggest games of the year, making (10). (6) of them being comeback wins. He set the NFL record for most passing yards in a postseason with over 1,200 passing yards.
If that doesn't show important he was, and how great he was in late in game, in pressure situations, then I don't know what does. For 16 weeks, I'd say Rodgers had the best season of any QB. For 20 weeks, I'd say it was Eli.
I am a far greater fan of Rodgers than I am just about any player in the NFL. I have no bias in this matter.