EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.** – We interrupt Odell Beckham Jr. mania to bring you…Eli Manning.
While the Giants' sensational rookie wide receiver has captivated the football public and media the last two months, the quarterback who throws him the ball is quietly having one of the finest seasons of his 11-year career. In the process, he has eliminated all doubts about his ability to excel in the team's new offense.
As the Giants prepare for their season finale Sunday vs. the Philadelphia Eagles, Manning has completed 351 of 548 passes for 3,981 yards, 29 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His completion percentage of 64.1 and passer rating of 93.5 are both career highs. Manning's previous bests were a 62.9 completion percentage in 2010 and a 93.1 rating in 2009.
- Manning's 148.8 rating in the Giants' victory Sunday in St. Louis was his career high in a full game. This season, he has played eight games with a rating of at least 100, equaling the career high he set in 2009. That is the fifth-highest total in the NFL this year, behind Ben Roethlisberger (10), Aaron Rodgers (10), Peyton Manning (9) and Tony Romo (9). In 2013, Manning had just one game with a rating of at least 100.0 (102.3 in the opener in Dallas).
- Manning's 351 completions are eight shy of his career high, set in 2011.
- Manning is only 19 yards shy of his fourth career 4,000-yard season, and first since 2011. On Sunday, Manning threw for 391 yards to exceed 3,800 yards for the sixth consecutive season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Manning is one of just five quarterbacks in history to accomplish that feat (and one of three with an active streak):
- Manning has thrown three touchdown passes in each of the last two games, his first back-to-back games with at least three scoring passes since Oct. 25 and Nov. 7, 2010, when the threw four and three at Dallas and Seattle, respectively. This is the fourth time in his career Manning has thrown for at least three touchdowns in consecutive games.
The Giants are 19-6 in games in which Manning throws three touchdown passes.
- Manning's 29 touchdown passes are two shy of his career high, set in 2011. He also threw for 29 scores in 2012.
- Manning's 13 interceptions are less than half his 2013 total of 27 and would be the second-lowest full-season total in his career. He threw 10 picks in 2012. His second-lowest full-season figure was 15 interceptions in 2012.
- Manning completed 78.1 percent of his passes (25 of 32) on Sunday. It was the fourth game in Manning's career in which he completed at least 77 percent of his passes. All four of them were Giants road games.
- Manning's 80-yard touchdown pass to Beckham was the fifth pass in his career that was at least that long. Two went to Victor Cruz, two to Mario Manningham and now one to Beckham.
- Manning's 148.8 rating Sunday was the sixth time since 1978 a Giants quarterback had a rating of at least 145.7 in a regular-season games. Phil Simms had three (Sept. 2, 1984 vs. Philadelphia; Oct. 25, 1987 vs. St. Louis; and Oct. 10, 1993 at Washington), Kerry Collins had one (a perfect 158.3 rating on Dec. 22, 2002 at Indianapolis) and Manning had a 145.7 game at Philadelphia on Sept. 25, 2011.
Manning did not throw an interception in St. Louis. The Giants are 41-16 in games in which he does not throw a pick.
- In four games vs. the Rams, Manning is 4-0 with 12 touchdown passes, one interception and a 124.1 rating that is by far his highest against any team. His second highest rating is the 104.5 he has vs. Oakland (three games)
- Here's an esoteric Manning stat: He has more passing yards than the opposing starting quarterback in eight consecutive games. And yes, according to Elias, a team record for that stat exists. It is 10 games, set by Y.A. Tittle in 1963 and equaled by Fran Tarkenton in 1969 and 1971.
- Beckham continues to post impressive numbers. He has 1,120 receiving yards in 11 games, a 101.8-yard average. If that average holds up through the finale, it will be the highest single-season figure in Giants history. The current mark 96.0 was set by Victor Cruz in 2011. No other receiver in franchise history has averaged at least 90 yards a game in a season. Beckham's 101.8-yard average is the highest by an NFL rookie since Houston's Bill Groman averaged 105.2 yards in 1960.
- Only four other rookies in NFL history have attained Beckham's 1,120 receiving yards and 11 touchdown receptions: Green Bay's Billy Howton (1952), Chicago's Harlon Hill (1954), Groman (1960), and the only one in the past half-century, Minnesota's Randy Moss (1998).
- Beckham has become the first rookie in NFL history to gain at least 1,000 receiving yards and catch at least eight touchdown passes over a span of eight games.
Beckham has six 100-yard games this season, three more than any other Giants rookie in history and the highest total by an NFL rookie since Groman had nine in 1960.
- Beckham needs one reception to have the fifth 80-catch season in Giants history.
- Beckham has six touchdown receptions in the last three games, the first Giants receiver with that many scores in a three-game span since Del Shofner from Nov. 11-25, 1962.
- Beckham's 80-yard touchdown in St. Louis was the longest-ever reception by a Giants rookie. The previous long was a 78-yarder by Harry Newman in 1933.
- While Beckham had 148 yards on Sunday, his former LSU teammate, Rueben Randle, added 132. It was the first time two players from the same team and the same college each had at least 100 receiving yards in same game since Sept. 23, 2007, when Oregon State and the Cincinnati Bengal's T.J. Houshmandzadeh (141) and Chad Johnson (138) did it.
- Running back Andre Williams is also performing statistical feats not done by a Giants rookie in a long time. On Sunday, Williams rushed for 110 yards, his second 100-yard game of the season. The last Giants rookie with two 100-yard rushing games in a season was Eddie Price in 1950.
- Williams' team-leading 678 yards is the highest total by a Giants rookie since Ron Dayne ran for 770 yards in 2000. Hall of Famer Tuffy Leemans holds the franchise rookie record with 830 yards in 1936.
- In St. Louis, Williams rushed for 110 yards and Beckham had 148 receiving yards. It was the second time this season they exceeded 100 yards in the same game. According to Elias, it is the first time in NFL history the same rookie teammates have done that in the same game twice.
- Williams leads the Giants with 678 rushing yards, while Beckham tops the team with 1,120 receiving yards. The last time rookies led the Giants in rushing and receiving yards in a full season was in 1950, when Price ran for 703 yards and Bob McChesney had 380 receiving yards.
The last NFL team with rookies leading in both rushing and receiving yards was the 2012 Cleveland Browns. Trent Richardson rushed for 950 yards and Josh Gordon had 805 receiving yards.
In St. Louis, Orleans Darkwa and Beckham each scored touchdowns, as Williams and Beckham had done twice before in the same game. Before this year, the Giants had not had a rookie tandem with rushing and receiving scores in the same game since George Adams and Mark Bavaro in 1985, when they did it twice.
- In St. Louis, Manning threw for 391 yards, Williams ran for 110 and Beckham and Randle had 148 and 132 receiving yards, respectively. It was the first time the Giants had a 300-yard passer, a 100-yard rusher and two 100-yard receivers since Oct. 25, 2010 at Dallas, where Manning had 306 passing yards, Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 126 yards and Hakeem Nicks (108) and Steve Smith (105) were the receivers.
- We can't forget the defense. On Sunday, free agent defensive end Kerry Wynn had a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery. He is the first Giants rookie to have all three in the same game and the first NFL rookie since New England's Dane Fletcher at Buffalo on Dec. 26, 2010. The last Giants player to do it was George Martin on Nov. 24, 1985, also in St. Louis – but against the Cardinals.
- Wynn was the second Giants player with an interception and a fumble recovery in the same game this season. Trumaine McBride did it in Washington on Sept. 25.
- The Giants had 149 penalty yards in St. Louis, their highest total since they had 150 at Minnesota on Nov. 19, 2001.
- The Giants gained 514 yards in St. Louis, the fourth-highest total in Tom Coughlin's 322-game career (including playoffs).
- The Giants and Rams combined for 225 penalty yards, the highest total in a game in Coughlin's career (including playoffs). The previous high was 224 yards (Giants, 136; Eagles, 88) in a Giants' loss to Philadelphia on Oct. 6, 2013.
- The Giants are 5-0 this season when they out-rush the opposition.
- The Giants are 2-2 this season when they score on their first possession: 2-0 when they kick a field goal and 0-2 when they score a touchdown.
- The Giants finished their travels this season with an all-time road record of 297-297-17.
- Guard Rishaw Johnson was signed by the Washington Redskins off the Giants' practice squad. The Giants signed former BYU linebacker Uani' (Devin) Unga to their practice squad.
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