Eli Manning's fourth quarter heroics in the 2011 NFL season have become the stuff of legend. But Manning was only very close to pulling off a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter of the 2012 NFC Championship Game.
Pressured throughout a final drive, Manning made a great throw to Ahmad Bradshaw to get the Giants near Niners territory, but his last throw of the drive, a third-down strike to Victor Cruz, was just a bit too hard for the receiver to pull in.
Cruz has 10 catches for 142 yards in the game, but has not made a catch since the Giants' first drive of the second half.
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