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Blame Eli, above all, for 2012 failure

Giants had enough talent to reach the playoffs, but Manning fumbled it all away

Updated: December 31, 2012, 2:41 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In his heart of hearts, Eli Manning knows this was a winning season in record only. He knows he had a chance to do something no New York Giants quarterback had ever done, a squandered chance that might haunt him for the balance of his career and beyond.

Out of the playoffs and out of luck, stripped of his shot at being the first Giant to lead his team to back-to-back championships, Manning knows why his 9-7 feels more like 7-9. He's playing against ...

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