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Inside the Numbers: Eli's 160 starts


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –** Eli Manning started his 160th regular-season game Sunday in Seattle. That, of course, is 10 full NFL seasons. A week from Friday - Nov. 21 – will be the 10th anniversary of Manning's first start, a 14-10 loss to an Atlanta Falcons team quarterbacked by Michael Vick.


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Manning has not missed a start since his debut. His 160 consecutive starts is the longest active streak among all NFL players, regardless of position, and the third-longest in history for a quarterback. Only Brett Favre (297) and his older brother, Peyton Manning (208), have started more consecutive games among quarterbacks than Manning, who is 88-72 (.550) in the regular season.

Manning is one of four active quarterbacks with at least 160 starts and he is the 22nd quarterback in the Super Bowl era to reach that milestone.

What follows is a comparison of Manning's statistics with the other active quarterbacks who have started at least 160 games, as well as several notable retired quarterbacks, including Favre, Hall of Famers Dan Marino, Joe Montana, John Elway and Fran Tarkenton, plus Donovan McNabb, whom Manning faced nine times. Thanks to the Elias Sports Bureau for providing the statistics.


Brady, Tom 125-35 5,339 3,414 40,163 302 115 96.6
Brees, Drew 94-66 5,767 3,786 42,831 300 154 93.9
Manning, Eli 88-72 5,320 3,128 37,494 246 177 82.0
Manning, Peyton 105-55 5,405 3,468 41,626 306 153 94.7
Aikman, Troy 92-68 4,569 2,807 32,046 163 136 82.0
Elway, John 98-61-1 4,960 2,778 34,791 186 170 76.2
Favre, Brett 105-55 5,511 3,366 39,176 292 171 87.3
Fouts, Dan 81-78-1 5,126 3,027 39,804 241 220 81.4
Marino, Dan 101-59 5,625 3,334 42,266 310 172 88.4
McNabb, Donovan 98-61-1 5,299 3,129 36,933 234 116 85.9
Montana, Joe 114-46 5,126 3,248 38,686 257 134 92.2
Tarkenton, Fran 7-89-4 4,115 2,256 30,694 230 178 79.5

Some Manning statistical nuggets:

He is the Giants' career leader in pass attempts (5,329), completions (3,131), yards (37,560), touchdowns (246) and interceptions (177). There's a slight discrepancy with the numbers listed above, because Manning's first two career appearances were in relief of Kurt Warner. The numbers in the chart are from his 160 starts only.

  • In NFL career rankings, Manning is 15th in attempts and completions (directly behind McNabb in each category), 17th in passing yards and touchdown passes – and 39th in interceptions.
  • Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 242 touchdown passes and Philip Rivers 241, so the three quarterbacks chosen among the first 11 selections in the 2004 NFL Draft have totaled 729 – and counting – scoring passes.
  • Manning's 30 regular-season 300-yard passing games are nine more than Giants runner-up Phil Simms.
  • Manning has started all 160 games for head coach Tom Coughlin, putting them third in history on the list of quarterback/coach combinations, behind only New England's Tom Brady and Bill Belichick (200 and counting) and Miami's Dan Marino and Don Shula (184).
  • Rivers has started 137 consecutive games, the second-longest streak among all active players,
  • Manning in 46-34 at home and 42-38 on the road.
  • Manning has started in 33 different stadiums. He was 26-19 in Giants Stadium (including 1-0 as a visitor) and is 22-15 in MetLife Stadium (1-0 as a visitor).
  • Manning has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 28 of those stadiums, including Giants (67) and MetLife (65). On Sunday, he threw his ninth touchdown pass in CenturyLink Field, easily his highest total in a venue outside the NFC East. University of Phoenix Stadium (five) is second.
  • He has started against 74 different quarterbacks, from Derek Anderson to Vince Young.
  • Manning has started against 67 different head coaches, from Dennis Allen to Jim Zorn. He's started against two Grudens (Jon and Jay) and two Harbaughs (John and Jim, whom he will face Sunday when the 49ers visit MetLife Stadium).

The Giants are 79-53 when Manning throws at least one touchdown pass, 9-19 when he doesn't.

  • They are 49-57 when he throws at least one interception, 39-15 when he does not.
  • The Giants are 66-63 when he is sacked at least once, 22-9 when he is not sacked.
  • He is 62-47 in afternoon games, 22-25 in prime time.
  • Manning has completed passes to 59 different receivers and thrown touchdown passes to 37 different teammates. Hakeem Nicks tops the receptions list with 306 and Plaxico Burress is first with 33 touchdowns. Five players have joined the touchdown list this season: Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells, Odell Beckham Jr., Corey Washington and Preston Parker.
  • Beckham had 156 and 108 receiving yards, respectively, in the Giants' games the last two weeks vs. Indianapolis and Seattle. He is the first Giants rookie with consecutive 100-yard games since Dec. 11 and 17, 1983, when Byron Williams had 103 and 124 vs. Seattle and Washington. No Giants rookie has ever had three consecutive 100-yard games.
  • Beckham was the first rookie with more than 100 receiving yards in Seattle since Oct. 2, 2011, when Atlanta's Julio Jones had 127.
  • The Giants have allowed at least 423 yards in four consecutive games for the first time in their history.
  • On Sunday in Seattle, the Giants were out-rushed, 350-54, a 296-yard difference that was the greatest difference ever in a Giants loss, according to Elias.
  • The Seahawks averaged 7.8 yards on 45 rushing attempts, the first team with such a high average with that many carries since Oct. 7, 1979, when Pittsburgh averaged 8.0 yards on 45 attempts in a 51-35 victory at Cleveland.

Marshawn Lynch (140) and Russell Wilson (107) each rushed for more than 100 yards Sunday. Since the start of the 2005 season – 10 NFL years – teams that give up at least 100 yards to two different players are 2-32.

  • Seattle's 17 pass attempts marked the lowest total by an opposing team in a victory over the Giants since Tennessee threw 16 on Sept. 26, 2010. The Giants threw 48 passes in that game. On Sunday, they threw 44, or 27 more than the Seahawks.
  • The Giants have allowed 24 points in the second half in each of their last two games, the first time they've given up at least that many points after halftime in back-to-back games since Dec. 19 (35 vs. Philadelphia) and Dec. 26 (24 at Green Bay), 2010.
  • The loss in Seattle was the 1,250th regular-season game in Giants history. They are 664-553-33, including 369-257-16 at home and 295-296-17 on the road.
  • This season, the Giants are 3-0 when they score first, 0-6 when they don't.
  • The Giants led at halftime in Seattle, 17-14, which usually results in a victory. Under Tom Coughlin, they are 68-13 when leading at the half. In his career, Coughlin is 117-24 when his teams own a halftime lead.

With his 160th start this Sunday, Eli Manning will hold the record for the most starts as a Giants QB in franchise history. We look back at the Top-30 Games of Eli's Career in Throwback Thursday is presented by Taco bell

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