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Manning delivers -- with his mouth

Eli's pregame pep talk led to a Super performance in Carolina on Thursday night

Updated: September 21, 2012, 3:19 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tom Coughlin broke the news that Eli Manning had fired up his teammates in a pregame meeting, and there was some shock value attached to the scene. The coach has never been much of a glasnost guy, and normally the quarterback would rather absorb a hit from the blind side than organize a pep rally.

Manning tried to play it cool ("I don't think it was any big speech"), minimize its effect on the New York Giants' 36-7 shredding of the Carolina Panthers on Thursday ...

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