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Eli Manning named NFC Offensive Player of the Week


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Another great performance, another accolade for Eli Manning.

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The Giants quarterback has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after his record-setting performance in the team's 31-24 victory over the Dolphins in Miami on Monday night. He also won in Week 5, after leading the Giants to a comeback victory over San Francisco.

In Sun Life Stadium, the 12-year veteran completed 27 of 31 passes for 337 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. His completion percentage of 87.1 set a Giants' single-game record (minimum 20 attempts). The former mark of 84.6 percent (22 of 26) was set by Kerry Collins at St. Louis on Sept. 15, 2002. Manning's passer rating of 151.5 on Monday is a career high for a full game.

Manning's previous best completion percentage was 78.8 (26 of 33) at Arizona on Nov. 23, 2008. His best rating had been 148.8 at St. Louis on Dec. 21, 2014. Manning had a perfect 158.3 rating against Oakland on Oct. 11, 2009, but he played only the first five series.

With the Giants facing a seven-point deficit in the third quarter, Manning threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Beckham to tie the game. Early in the fourth quarter, Manning threw down the field for Beckham, who caught the ball at the Giants' 45-yard line and sprinted to the end zone to complete an 84-yard, game-winning touchdown. It was the 12th Manning-to-Beckham touchdown of the season, the second longer than 80 yards, and an NFL-high sixth to cover 50 or more yards.

Manning also threw second-quarter touchdown passes of six yards to Rueben Randle and five yards to Will Tye. He completed his first eight passes and also hit nine in a row in the second half. It was the second time this season Manning threw at least four touchdown passes without an interception. On Nov. 1 at New Orleans, he threw for six scores without a pick. Manning has thrown 28 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions this season.

For the fourth time this season, Manning was not sacked (also vs. Washington and San Francisco, and at Tampa Bay). The Giants won all four of those games.

This is Manning's fourth career Player of the Week award. He was also honored in 2006 Week 2 and 2011 Week 3, each for his performance in Giants' victories in Philadelphia.

Manning is the first Giants player to win multiple player of the week awards in a single season since safety Stevie Brown in 2012, the first offensive player since Tiki Barber in 2006, and the first quarterback to do so since Kerry Collins in 2002.

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