Raiders’ Tracy Porter makes history with pick-six of Eli Manning
Oakland Raiders cornerback Tracy Porter managed to do something nobody else in the NFL has ever done. When he was with the New Orleans Saints, Porter brought back an interception of a Peyton Manning pass in Super Bowl XLIV, breaking open a game that had been 24-17 in New Orleans’ favor by jumping a ball intended for Reggie Wayne and running 74 yards the other way.
Eli Manning got to see the same thing when he threw a pass in the general vicinity of receiver Victor Cruz late in the first half, but Porter was in front of it, and he brought the ball back 43 yards for the score.
“It was just zone coverage and reading the quarterback,” Porter said after the game. “He settled to get the ball to Cruz. I just made a good read and he let the ball go and I made a great break and I ran it back for a touchdown.”
It was the 12th interception of Porter’s career, and the third touchdown — he also had a 43-yard pick-six against Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers when he was with the Denver Broncos in September 2012. He was given the AFC Defensive Player of the Week award for that game, in which he also had eight tackles and five passes defensed.
That was Porter’s first game with the Broncos, and it was also the first game for Denver’s new quarterback — some guy by the name of Peyton Manning.
“Yeah, he was doing his workout and I was touring the facility and ran into him,” Porter said of Manning when he agreed to terms with the Broncos as a free agent in April 2012. “He knew who I was, I knew who he was and we had a brief conversation about the things we wanted to try to achieve here. We were on the same page.”
They did not, however, talk about the interception. Should the Giants ever sign Porter, that subject may be off-limits with the other Manning quarterback as well.