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Thursday, February 2, 2012
Bettis: Eli Manning is better QB in this game

By Jamison Hensley

INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis was asked to name the winner of the quarterback matchup in the Super Bowl, and the answer might surprise you.

"Right now, you got to go with Eli Manning," Bettis told ESPN New York radio. "He's the hotter quarterback of the two when you look at their body of work. The last game they played, Eli played a lot better than Brady did. Brady left a lot of big plays on the field. The game didn't have to as close as it was. So, when you look at it, Eli is the hotter quarterback."

Bettis added, "Is he the better quarterback in a game like this? I don't know that. That has yet to be seen. But I will say it will be a shootout. That's for sure."

Manning definitely had a better conference championship game than Brady. He threw for 316 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, while Brady had 239 yards passing with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

But to say Manning is the hotter quarterback is an overstatement. In his past six games, Brady has averaged 320.1 yards, throwing 15 touchdowns and five interceptions. In the same stretch of games, Manning had 291.8 yards passing per game with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions.