EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –Eli Manning is on the verge of completing one of the finest statistical seasons by a quarterback in Giants history. Of course, Manning already owns many of the franchise records he could break.
With two games remaining, Manning has thrown 546 passes and needs 56 more to reach 602 – which would be one more than the Giants record he set last season. He is averaging 39 attempts a game this year.
Manning has completed 348 passes this season, 31 shy of the team-record 379 he completed last year. He is averaging about 25 completions a game, and has twice had at least 30 completions this season, so it's not unreasonable to think he could set the mark Sunday night, when the Giants play in Minnesota.
It will take a pair of heroic efforts for Manning to set the team single-season yardage record of 4,933, which he established in 2011. He has thrown for 3,900 yards this season, and would have to average 516.5 yards in the final two weeks to tie the mark. Since he's thrown for 500 yards once in 181 career starts, that's unlikely to happen. But he needs only 100 yards to have the seventh 4,000-yard season by a quarterback in Giants history.
Manning's 32 touchdown passes are a career high and place him within striking distance of the Giants record of 36, set by Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle in 1963. Tittle also holds the No. 2 spot, with 33 in 1962.
Manning has thrown 10 interceptions, tying his career low for a full season, set in 2008.
Manning's passer rating of 96.1 is easily a career high. His previous best was 93.1 in 2009. The 96.1 rating is the second-highest in franchise history by any player with more than 200 attempts in a season. Tittle holds the mark of 104.8 in 1963.
*Manning has four touchdown passes in each of the last two games. He is the first quarterback in Giants history to accomplish that feat in a single season. Manning also accomplished the feat in the final game of the 2012 season (five scoring throws vs. Philadelphia) and the 2013 season opener (four at Dallas).
*The Giants are 6-5 when Manning throws exactly four touchdown passes, and 7-6 when he throws four or more.
*Manning's 13 games with four or more touchdown passes are six more than anyone else in Giants history. Tittle has seven such games.
*Manning was not sacked in either of the last two games, the first time that's happened in back-to-back games since the Giants did not allow a sack in three consecutive games from Sept. 30-Oct. 14, 2012.
*Manning attempted 46 passes on Sunday against Carolina. It was the sixth time in his career he threw at least 45 passes in a game without getting sacked. The Giants are 4-1 this season when Manning is not sacked.
*Manning has 3,656 career completions and needs 30 to tie Hall of Famer and former Giant Fran Tarkenton, who is 10th on the NFL's career list.
*Odell Beckham Jr. has played two more games this year than he did in his Rookie of the Year season in 2014, but his statistics are remarkably similar:
*Beckham remains on track to have the most productive first two seasons by a wide receiver in NFL history:
*Beckham caught his 25th Manning touchdown pass on Sunday. That broke a tie with Victor Cruz and placed him third in that category behind only Plaxico Burress (33) and Hakeem Nicks (26).
*The Giants have scored 373 points this season – 186 in the first half, and 187 in the second.
*Carolina's Cam Newton threw for 340 yards in the Panthers' victory on Sunday. This season, the Giants are 1-7 when the opposing quarterback passes for at least 300 yards.
*Newton also ran for 100 yards to become the first quarterback to lead his team in rushing against the Giants since Washington's Jason Campbell on Dec. 21, 2009 – with 36 yards.
*The Giants lost to the Panthers, despite sacking Newton three times. That has not been the norm under Tom Coughlin:
*Running back Shane Vereen established a new career high with his fourth touchdown reception on Sunday. He had three in each of the previous two seasons with New England.