TMZ caught up with the younger Manning in the airport Monday, asking him about the solemn look that launched a thousand memes. “I was just focused on whether they would go for two and knew the defense would have to step up and make some stops,” he said.
Coming from a quarterback who’s manufactured a few last-minute comebacks himself, it’s an understandable explanation, if not a convincing one: With the game very much in hand, cracking a smile would not have made a difference.
But, for Eli’s sake, the excuse will do. Besides, even though the
disappointed stoic Manning meme was fun, it didn’t seem destined to knock Crying Jordan off its Twitter-dominating pedestal anytime soon.