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Inside the Numbers: Eli climbs record books

Posted Dec 19, 2017

Giants.com's Michael Eisen takes a statistical look at the Giants' Week 15 matchup: 


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Eli Manning had one of the most productive games of his career on Sunday, as he continues to move up on several of the NFL’s career passing lists.

The 14-year veteran completed 37 of 57 passes for 434 yards, three touchdowns and one interception against the Philadelphia Eagles. Alas, as so often happens when the Giants throw dozens of passes and Manning posts big numbers, the Giants lost, this time by a 34-29 score.

The game was the 26th in their regular-season history in which the Giants threw at least 50 passes. Their record in those games is an unsightly 2-24, including 2-22 when one quarterback throws all of the passes. They are, however, 1-0 in 50-pass postseason games; Manning threw 58 passes in the Giants’ 2011 NFC Championship Game victory in San Francisco.  

Manning has been the sole quarterback for each of the last 11 50-pass games, including the Giants’ two victories in such contests – Sept. 16, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay and Oct. 11, 2015 against San Francisco. Last Dec. 22 in Philadelphia, Manning threw a career-high 63 passes in a 24-19 loss in Philadelphia.

Each of Manning’s last three 300-yard games were against the Eagles, one last season and two this year. The Giants lost all three, and are 19-26 overall in regular-season games in which Manning throws for at last 300 yards.

Manning’s 45 300-yard games place him 14th all-time and seventh among active quarterbacks. His nine 400-yard games leave him tied for sixth all-time and tied for fourth among quarterbacks currently playing.

Sunday’s game was the 47th in which Manning threw at least three touchdown passes (including 12 with four touchdowns, and one each with five and six). That is the eighth-highest total in history, and the fifth-highest among active players, one behind San Diego’s Philip Rivers.

Manning and Rivers are tied for seventh on the NFL’s career list with 338 touchdown passes, four behind Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton.

An aside on touchdown passes: six of the top 11 quarterbacks on the league’s all-time list are active: Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Manning, Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers.

Manning boosted his career passing yardage total to 51,287 yards. If he throws for at least 189 yards on Sunday in Arizona, he will surpass another Hall of Famer, John Elway (51,475), and move into sixth place on the NFL’s all-time list.

The Giants usually enjoy a favorable outcome when Manning throws exactly three touchdown passes; they are 25-8 in such games.

Manning threw touchdown passes of 57 yards to Tavarres King and 67 yards to Sterling Shepard against the Eagles. In his career, he has thrown more touchdown passes between 60-69 yards (13) and 70-79 yards (11) than he has between 50-59 yards (eight).


*Evan Engram’s eight receptions on Sunday increased his team-high season total to 63. That ties him with Larry Donnell (63 in 2014) for the fifth-highest total by a tight end in team history. Engram has a chance to take over the top spot, currently held by Jeremy Shockey (74 receptions in 2002). Mark Bavaro (1986) and Shockey (2006) had 66-catch seasons, and Shockey caught 65 passes in 2005.

*Engram needs just three catches to move past Shepard (65 in 2016) and into third place on the Giants’ rookie list. Shockey is second with 74 in 2002. Odell Beckham Jr. is first with 91 in 2014.

*Engram’s 87 receiving yards on Sunday increased his season total to 710. That moved him past Shepard (683 last year) and into fifth place on the Giants’ rookie list. Just ahead of him are Hakeem Nicks (790 in 2009) and Bobby Johnson (795 in 1984).


*Shepard has caught a touchdown pass in each of the four games he’s played against the Eagles.

*The Giants successfully converted 10 third-down opportunities on Sunday, their highest total since they had 10 at Philadelphia on Dec. 22, 2016. Their 56% success rate was their best since they converted 56% in a victory at Tampa Bay on Nov. 8, 2015.

*The Giants had four touchdown drives that covered at least 75 yards against the Eagles, the first time that’s happened since Sept. 8, 2013 at Dallas.

*King was the first Giants player to score on two touchdown passes in a game since Odell Beckham, Jr. scored twice at Philadelphia on Sept. 24 (on receptions of four and 10 yards).  Before King accomplished the feat, Beckham had accounted for each of the Giants’ last eight performances in which a player scored at least two receiving touchdowns.

*The Giants had two touchdown passes of at least 57 yards for the first time since Oct. 16, 2016, when Beckham scored on 75 and 66-yard throws against Baltimore.

*The Giants have had more total yards than their opponents four times this season. They have also had more passing yards than their opponents on four occasions. Under each circumstance, they are 0-4.

*The Giants had an unpleasant trifecta against the Eagles, as they had an extra point, a field goal attempt and a punt blocked. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants had not had three kicks blocked in one game since Sept. 21, 1975, at – where else? – Philadelphia. George Hunt – in his second and final NFL season, and only one as the Giants’ kicker – had his first extra point attempt blocked in the second quarter (the official play-by-play does not list a specific player). In the third quarter, Hunt had 36 and 39-yard field goal tries blocked by the same player, linebacker Bill Bergey.

Despite the kicking game difficulties, the Giants won the game, 23-14.

*The Giants had not had two kicks blocked in a game since Nov. 21, 1976 at Denver. Ironically, the Giants scored their first touchdown in that game when Brad Van Pelt blocked Bill Van Heusen’s punt. Jim Stienke picked up the ball and scored on a one-yard return. But Joe Danelo’s PAT attempt was blocked by Phil Olsen, a rather significant play in a 14-13 Giants loss. Dave Jennings also had a punt blocked in the fourth quarter, but the Giants regained possession three plays later on a fumble recovery.

*Before the Giants, the last team to have an extra point, field goal attempt and punt blocked in the same game was New England on Nov. 24, 1991 against Buffalo. The Patriots won that game, 16-13.

*Long-snapper Zak DeOssie played in his 170th game for the Giants on Sunday, tying Hall of Famer Mel Hein for 11th on the franchise’ career list.