Manning completed 23 of 44 passes for 299 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 38-13 wild-card loss to the Packers. He also gained 11 yards on his sole rush and lost a fumble. Manning was victimized by multiple drops on the part of his receivers throughout the game, but he still turned in a serviceable stat line. He started off the game hot, completing seven of his first 10 throws, and also fired a 41-yard scoring dart to rookie speedster Tavarres King in the third quarter to bring New York to within 14-13 at the time. However, a Giants defense that appeared to have Aaron Rodgers' number for the majority of the first half seemed to deflate after another successful Rodgers' Hail Mary just before intermission, and the game got progressively away from them in the second half. Manning's 13th season thus ends in disappointing fashion, but he did manage to throw for 4,000 yards for the third straight campaign, although his 86.0 QBR was notably his lowest in the last three seasons.
Manning completed 17 of 27 passes for 180 yards in Sunday's 19-10 victory over the Redskins. Manning averaged just 6.7 yards per attempt en route to his lowest yardage total of the season, but he went without a turnover for just the fifth time and was able to help his team to a victory in the season finale. He will finish the regular season slate with a pedestrian 26:16 TD:INT ratio and his 4,027 passing yards are his second-lowest total in the last eight seasons. Manning has a reputation for improving his play in the postseason and will likely need to do so if the Giants are to make any noise this time around.
Manning will start Sunday's season finale at Washington, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. "Eli is going to play the game, yes," head coach Ben McAdoo said Wednesday. Locked into the five seed on the NFC side of the playoff bracket, the Giants have a quandary on their hands: whether to trot out regulars like Manning and Odell Beckham in a meaningless game. McAdoo seemingly answered the query during media availability Wednesday, but he didn't outline any of the scenarios under which he would shut down his quarterback. If Manning is indeed under center for the Giants' first offensive snap Sunday, he'll be just one game short of the 200th consecutive regular season start of his career, a feat that has been accomplished by just two other QBs in NFL history (Brett Favre and Peyton Manning).
Manning completed 38 of 63 passes for 356 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions in Thursday's 24-19 loss to the Eagles. The final stat line, save for the interceptions, was rewarding from a fantasy perspective, but Manning's mistakes haunted the Giants in a real-world sense. He was the victim of a pick-six by Malcolm Jenkins in the first quarter that sunk the Giants into an early 14-0 hole, and saw Jenkins victimize him again early in the fourth on a deep pass down the right side intended for Sterling Shepard. The third one put the proverbial nail in the coffin, as Manning's desperation heave for Will Tye on third down with 14 seconds remaining was plucked out of the air by Terrance Brooks, sealing the win for Philadelphia. The 63 pass attempts were easily a season high for Manning, as were his 38 completions. Unfortunately for the Giants, so were his three interceptions, which played a large part in denying New York the chance to clinch a playoff berth and cinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the Dallas Cowboys. Manning will need to bounce back in next week's pivotal season finale on the road against the Washington Redskins.
Manning completed 20 of 28 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 17-6 win over the Lions. Manning was efficient and effective, completing 71 percent of his passes while hooking up with Sterling Shepard and O'dell Beckham for touchdowns in the first and fourth quarters, respectively. He has been quite prolific at home of late, with 15 touchdown passes in his last six games at MetLife Stadium. Manning also avoided turning the ball over after doing so five times in his previous two contests, and he will look to produce more of the same next week against the Eagles.
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