It what might have been his final start at MetLife Stadium, Giants QB Eli Manning helped New York break their nine-game losing streak, as the Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins 36-20 on Sunday.
“The way the season is going, the way these last 10 or 11 weeks have gone, the team obviously needed a win just for morale and to keep things going,” Manning said after the game. “It’s tough to go every week, be close, to compete and practice hard. Guys are giving great effort and doing a lot of good things; we’re just falling a little short. But today, we obviously were able to put it all together.
“The defense played great. Offensively, we ran the ball well, hit up big plays in the passing game, and did enough good things to get the win. Just proud of the guys. I know they all wanted to get me a win, and I wanted to get them a win as well.”
After a slow start, which included two interceptions in the first half, the Giants trailed 10-7 at halftime, but in the second half, the 38-year-old Manning was able to lead New York on four scoring drives. Manning finished the game completing 20 of his 28 passes for 283 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Late in the contest, with the game in hand, Manning received a standing ovation.
“Obviously, I don’t know what the future is,” Manning said. “I don’t know what lies next week, let alone down the road. Obviously, the support and the fans, their ovation, chanting my name from the first snap to the end, I appreciate that. I appreciate them always and all my teammates coming up to me. It’s a special day, a special win, and one I’ll remember.”
When asked what he will remember the most about this victory over the Dolphins, Manning had this to say.
“I don’t know. Probably just the fans, the chants, the awkward feeling of standing there on the sideline, kind of a circle around me,” he said. “Everyone looking at me and staring at me, a camera on me and not feeling real comfortable in that circumstance. But getting taken out there in the fourth (quarter) and just having all my teammates come up to me and say something, little hugs. You appreciate all of those guys and everything they’ve done to get this win today.”
It was a great day for a great player, and when it’s all said and done, the two-time Super Bowl MVP will probably be forever remembered in Canton one day.