The King of New York – The best moments of Eli Manning’s career with the New York Giants
Although the New York Giants are in the middle of the Daniel Jones era, they will immortalize one of their biggest passers-by in their Ring of Honor on Sunday, Eli Manning. The former Giants quarterback, who played 16 seasons with the team, will have his No.10 jersey retired by the G-Men in their Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons. It’s a well-deserved honor for New York’s all-time leader.
During his long and mostly successful tenure with New York, Manning led the Giants to two Super Bowl titles, both against fellow legendary quarterback Tom Brady. In addition, Manning is in the top 10 in NFL history for passing yards, touchdowns and passes completed in his career.
Manning’s career has seen many ups and downs, but here are some of the best moments of his New York career.
Manning’s incredible escape from the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII
– Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) February 3, 2021
A drop of three in Super Bowl XLII to the undefeated 2007-08 New England Patriots didn’t faze 27-year-old Eli Manning. He led his Giants on an unlikely 83-yard run with less than three minutes to go. However, there was a play in that comeback race that is etched in the minds of Giants (and Patriots) fans forever.
On third and 5 on his own 44-yard line, with 1:15 to go, Manning pulled off an act of disappearance, escaping the grip of several defensemen to throw a 32-yard pass to David Tyree. He made a fantastic play, jumping and pinning the ball to his helmet over Patriots safety Rodney Harrison for the catch. The capture led Manning to throw the winning touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress – and secure the Giants’ third Super Bowl.
Manning’s play embodies the “can’t stop” attitude many New York fans want their players – especially their quarterbacks – to have. Of course, the outcome of this game could have been different if Manning hadn’t dodged the sack. Nonetheless, his great escape from the New England defense and Hail Mary-esque uprising towards Tyree will be remembered as one of the best plays in Super Bowl history and an iconic moment in footballing legacy. by Manning.
Manning throws a dime at Mario Manningham in Super Bowl XLVI
Manning in Manningham.
– Return of the NFL (@nflthrowback) February 5, 2020
It was still déjà vu for Manning and the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI – and the results were the same as in Super Bowl XLII. Down two with 3:46 left in the fourth, New York had to walk the field against the Patriots (again) to win their second Lombardi Trophy in five seasons. Manning started the race with a bang, throwing a nice pass to Mario Manningham on the New England sideline to ignite the return effort.
The ball couldn’t have been better handed to Manningham as Manning completed the 38-yard throw with precision. It helped the Giants come out of the depths of their own territory and have the clock on their side. Finally, they took the lead thanks to a touchdown from Ahmad Bradshaw. That penny by No.10, however, was the spark that helped New York beat New England once again.
Manning’s Touching Last Home Game (December 15, 2019)
Manning’s last few seasons with the Giants have been tough – and that’s saying it. Despite this, he ended his action on the pitch with the team on a positive note. In week 15 of the 2019 season, Manning was named the starter of the game against the Miami Dolphins due to an injury to Daniel Jones. Rumors were circulating that 2019 would be his last season, and it was potentially his last chance to start a home game – he made sure to make the most of it.
Even though it was only for one game, Manning channeled his old self at the right time. He completed 71% of his passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns. Yes, he threw three interceptions as well, but they didn’t turn out to be costly. The G-Men won 36-20, and fans made sure to give their legendary quarterback a standing ovation as he left the field.
“The support and the fans, their standing ovation, chanting my name from the first shot to the end, I appreciate that. I always appreciate them and all my teammates who come to me. It’s a special day, a special victory and one that I ‘ll remember,’ Manning said after the game, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan.
Upset the Packers at Lambeau Field in the 2007 NFC Championship game
– NFL (@NFL) September 28, 2019
Before Manning made Super Bowl XLII history, he first put in an outstanding performance against Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers in the 2007 NFC Championship game. Facing a defense that had Charles Woodson in. the secondary, it also faced freezing conditions with a temperature of minus 3 degrees and minus 23 degrees wind chill.
Manning completed 21 of 40 passes for 251 yards, and his connection with Plaxico Burress was not up to par with the Green Bay secondary. The receiving quarterback tandem connected 11 times for 151 yards. What was the best part of Manning’s stat line that night? Throw zero interceptions. His flawless performance kept New York going in a back-and-forth affair.
If Manning hadn’t had this performance in one of the coldest conference championship games ever, his remarkable pitch against Tyree and eventual Super Bowl XLII victory would never have happened.
Manning traded on draft day
The 2004 NFL Draft started awkwardly – and much of that can be attributed to both Manning and the San Diego Chargers of the day. The Chargers selected him with the No.1 overall pick, even after Manning and his father Archie made it known they weren’t interested in Eli playing for the team. There was even a threat rumor that the Ole Miss player would hold if he wasn’t traded from San Diego.
Enter former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi, who desperately wanted Manning.
The Giants drafted Philip Rivers from North Carolina state with the No.4 pick, hoping it could be used as a bargaining chip with San Diego. After throwing a third-round draft pick in 2004 and two picks in the 2005 draft with Rivers, the Chargers accepted the offer. If that trade had failed, the NFL would have been completely different with Rivers in New York and Manning in San Diego.
Nonetheless, two Super Bowl wins and plenty of playoff appearances later – it looks like the deal worked out well for Manning and the Giants.