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Because of his productivity, longevity and durability, Eli Manning sets or approaches a statistical milestone every time he steps on the field.

The Giants' quarterback had one of the best games of his eight-year career in a 29-16 victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday. He completed 16 of 23 passes for 254 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 145.7 that was a career high in a game in which he threw more than 10 passes.

What follows are some of Manning's numerical highlights as the Giants prepare to take their 2-1 record to Arizona to face the 1-2 Cardinals.

*According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Manning's 145.7 rating was the fifth-highest by a Giants quarterback in the 523 regular season games since the 16-game schedule was introduced in 1978 (minimum 15 pass attempts):

Date                             Name               Opponent                     Rating

12/22/2002                  Kerry Collins    at Indianapolis              158.3

09/02/1984                  Phil Simms        vs. Philadelphia           157.6

10/25/1987                  Phil Simms        vs. St. Louis                156.4

10/10/1993                  Phil Simms        at Washington             150.9

09/25/2011                  Eli Manning      at Philadelphia              145.7

*Manning completed just three of his first 11 passes in the Giants' victory over St. Louis on Sept. 19. Since then, he is 32-for-42 for 435 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. Those numbers work out to a passer rating of 148.3.

*Manning threw touchdown passes of 18, 28, 40 and 74 yards in Philadelphia. It was the first time in his career that Manning threw three touchdown passes of 25 or more yards in a game.

*It was the sixth time that Manning threw four touchdown passes in a game. That is the second-highest total in Giants history, behind Y.A. Tittle (seven).

*Manning has thrown 14 touchdown passes in Lincoln Financial Field, easily his highest total in any road venue. He has thrown for eight scores in both FedExField and Seattle's CenturyLink Field. Manning has thrown 67 touchdown passes in Giants Stadium and has tossed 15 in MetLife Stadium. Which leads us to…

*Manning has thrown 162 touchdown passes – 81 at home and 81 on the road (One of his Giants Stadium touchdown passes was as a visitor against New Orleans in 2005).

*The Giants improved to 27-8 in games in which Manning started and did not throw an interception. They are 35-36 when he is picked off.

*Manning is 31-22 at home and 31-22 on the road.

*Esoteric Manning note of the week: He has exactly 1,000 completions on the road.

*Manning is fifth in the NFL with a 104.3 passer rating and fifth with a 127.7 rating in the fourth quarter.

*Manning will start his 107th consecutive game Sunday in Arizona. That will tie him with former Buffalo Bills quarterback Joe Ferguson for the fifth-longest streak by a quarterback in NFL history.

*Victor Cruz was on the receiving end of two of Manning's touchdown throws against the Eagles. He is the 22nd different player to catch a regular season touchdown pass for Manning.

*Cruz's first NFL touchdown was on a 74-yard reception in the first quarter. The last Giant to score his initial touchdown on a catch that was at least that long was Homer Jones, who caught an 89-yard touchdown pass on Oct. 17, 1965, also against Philadelphia.

*Cruz was one of two NFL players to score his first NFL touchdown on a 74-yard reception last weekend. The other was Baltimore's Torrey Smith at St. Louis.

*Ahmad Bradshaw caught his second career touchdown pass and first since Sept. 14, 2008 at St. Louis. Both of his touchdown catches were 18 yards long.

*Both Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs have passed the 5,000 total yard mark since the start of the season. Bradshaw currently has 5,279 total yards, while Jacobs is right behind him at 5,153.

*The Giants have at least one takeaway in each of their last 16 games, the second-longest current streak in the NFL behind Atlanta (22 games).

*The Giants led at halftime, 14-13. In Tom Coughlin's 16-year NFL head coaching career, his teams are 100-21 when leading at the half, including 51-10 with the Giants.

*Lawrence Tynes' three extra points in Philadelphia increased his Giants career total to 350 points, which moved him past Amani Toomer (348) and into seventh place on the franchise's career list.

*Jason Pierre-Paul is tied for second in the NFL with 4.5 sacks, a half-sack behind Dallas' DeMarcus Ware.

*The Giants have scored five touchdowns on six trips inside their opponents' 20-yard line, an NFL-best 83.3 success rate.

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