A look back at the epic Eli-Brees 13-TD game
The Giants hit the road to take on the New Orleans Saints at the Caesars Superdome this weekend.
The Giants' most recent trip down to the Big Easy produced one of the most memorable games in recent memory. Back in Week 8 of the 2015 season, Eli Manning led Big Blue to the Superdome for a showdown against Drew Brees and an explosive Saints offense.
It was a back-and-forth affair, as the two teams traded touchdowns throughout all four quarters. Manning finished the game with 350 passing yards and a whopping six touchdowns, while Brees threw for 505 yards and seven scores. Saints kicker Kai Forbath connected on a 50-yard field goal as time expired to give New Orleans a hard-fought 52-49 victory.
Here are some interesting notes from the epic showdown during the Giants' most recent trip to New Orleans.
*The teams combined for 101 points, making this the second-highest scoring game in Giants history and tied for the fourth-highest ever in the NFL:
- 113 – Redskins (72) vs. Giants (41), Nov. 27, 1966
- 106 – Bengals (58) vs. Browns, (48), Nov. 28, 2004
- 105 – Rams (54) vs. Chiefs (51), Nov. 19, 2018
- 101 – Raiders (52) vs. Oilers (49), Dec. 22, 1963
- 101 – Saints (52) vs. Giants (49), Nov. 1, 2015
*The 49 points are the most the Giants have scored in a loss in their 91-year history.
*The Giants' seven touchdowns tied for the second-highest total in franchise history, achieved nine times previously, most recently in a victory the last time they faced New Orleans, on Dec, 9, 2012. The franchise record is eight touchdowns in a game, which the Giants have done three times.
*The teams combined to throw an NFL-record 13 touchdown passes (seven by Drew Brees, six by Eli Manning). The previous record of 12 was set on Nov. 2, 1969, when New Orleans' Billy Kilmer and the St. Louis Cardinals' Charley Johnson each threw six. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the only other game in which both quarterbacks tossed at least six touchdowns.
*Manning's six touchdown passes, a career-high, tied for the second-highest total in Giants history. Y.A. Tittle threw for seven scores at Washington on Oct. 28, 1962, and for six vs. Dallas on Dec. 16 1962
View rare photos from the all-time series between the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints.
Tom Brady, Bill Belichick congratulate Eli on 'MNF'
Before they face each other Sunday night, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick reunited for one reason: Eli Manning.
Well, not exactly.
In separate videos, the Buccaneers quarterback and Patriots head coach sent messages into ESPN's "Monday Night Football" alternate telecast, which features brothers Eli and Peyton Manning. On Sunday, Eli Manning had his No. 10 jersey retired by the Giants and was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.
"You deserved every victory," Brady said. "You earned them all. [You're] an amazing quarterback. You displayed everything that it takes to be one of the all-time greats."
"Congratulations on your 16-year, franchise-record career with the New York Giants," Belichick said.
Of course, the shared history between the three legends doesn't need repeating. Brady owns seven Super Bowl rings (six with Belichick in New England and one with Tampa Bay) but could have nine if it were not for Manning and the Giants.
"That's a heck of a tribute, E, from Tom Brady and Bill Belichick," Peyton Manning said on the broadcast. "I think you're the only one that beat them in the Super Bowl that can bring them together now to do a video together – a testimonial to you. Congratulations. You're a healer. You're a bonder, bro."
"Yeah, those guys usually don't talk to me," Eli Manning joked. "They still bring up the '07 Super Bowl. They're still mad about that. They're bitter. So, I'm glad I can bring them together and give them something to talk about."
They will have plenty to talk about after Sunday night's game in Foxborough.
Brady and Belichick were far from the only highlight of the MNF alternate broadcast, which is becoming less "alternate" with each passing week. Guests this week also included LeBron James, Nick Saban, Archie Manning, and Chris Long. Watch the video below for the best of Week 3.
Joe Judge Report: Coach breaks down film
Check out the video below to view the head coach break down tape in the Week 4 edition of the Joe Judge Report, presented by Stop & Shop.