Vintage Eli Performance Not Enough for Giants
In the dismal 2017 season for the Giants, Eli Manning was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. First, some were questioning if Eli was good enough to still be the quarterback for the struggling Giants. Second, Eli made headlines because Manning was taken out of the starting lineup for Geno Smith. Now the talk surrounding Manning was that Giants rookie Davis Webb should get a start to allow Big Blue to evaluate what they have in their rookie signal caller.
Against the Eagles, it looked like Eli Manning reverted to the quarterback who had won two Super Bowls victories for the G-Men. Manning threw for 3 touchdowns had 434 yards in the air and was making throws that the Giant faithful have not seen in weeks as Eli was thrashing the Eagles secondary. The Giants even had a 20-7 lead early in the 2nd quarter against their division rival Philadelphia Eagles.
Yet as has happened many times in 2017 the Giants could not hold the lead. The Eagles turned an interception and a blocked punt into touchdowns to take a 21-20 lead but Eli marched the G-Men down the field for a field goal that gave the Giants a 23-21 lead even though it felt like the Eagles were the better team in the first half.
The second half belonged to Philadelphia and even though the game was at Metlife Stadium it sounded like there were more Eagles fans in the crowd than Giants fans.The Eagles took the lead on a 28-yard field goal by Jake Elliott and then Philly expanded their lead when Nick Foles connected with Nelson Algor for a 10-yard touchdown. On Elliott’s 20-yard field goal the Eagles had 34-29 lead but there was enough time on the clock for Eli to engineer a game-winning drive.
Manning was taken what the Eagles were giving them and was driving the G-men down the field all the way to the Philadelphia Eagles six-yard line. And on 4th down Eli targeted rookie Evan Engram but Manning’s pass sailed out of bounds and all the Giants had for their effort was another loss. While Manning looked great and had an impressive stat line it was not enough for an elusive Giants victory.