The New York Giants had the ball with the game on the line and the NFL's best fourth quarter quarterback in 2011 under center. And Eli Manning failed not once, but twice, with the Giants going three and out twice with the score tied at 17-17 in the 2012 NFC Championship Game.
Just like on the first three-and-out at 17-17, Manning misfired on a deep throw, missing Victor Cruz by feet on a seam route on third down. But unlike the first three-and-out, Manning took a sack on the series, with San Francisco's defense claiming its fifth takedown of him on first down.
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