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Inside the Numbers: Eli's completion percentage on the rise

eli-center-92617.jpg's Michael Eisen takes a statistical look at the Giants 27-24 loss tp the Eagles:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Since joining the Giants in 2004, Eli Manning has been prodded by head coaches Tom Coughlin and Ben McAdoo to raise his completion percentage. This season, he is complying with that edict better than he ever has.

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Through three games, Manning has completed 86 of 117 passes, or 73.5%. That places him second in the NFL, behind only Kansas City's Alex Smith, who has hit on 77.4% of his passes. But Smith has thrown the ball far less frequently (completing 65 of 84). Manning has completed more passes than Smith has thrown.

Manning's career completion percentage on 6,825 throws entering the season was 59.7. He posted his career-high of 63.1 in 2014, McAdoo's first season as offensive coordinator. When McAdoo debuted as head coach last year, Manning completed 63.0% of his passes (377 of 598). In his first 13 seasons, Manning completed more than 60% of his passes seven times.

The 86 completed passes place Manning second in the league, behind only Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers (89). Manning is third in the NFL in pass attempts, though that is partly due to the Giants not running the ball as well as they would like.

*Manning completed 11 consecutive passes in the second half of the Giants' 27-24 loss in Philadelphia on Sunday. That is tied for the fifth-longest streak in his career and was the 11th time he completed at least 11 consecutive passes in a regular-season game.

*Manning threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter on Sunday, on throws of 10 and four yards to Odell Beckham, Jr., and a 77-yarder to Sterling Shepard. Manning has thrown 324 career touchdown passes, and the distribution is remarkably symmetrical:

Manning touchdowns by quarters:
First: 62
Second: 100
Third: 61
Fourth: 100
Overtime: 1

*Manning's scoring throw to Shepard was his 10th touchdown pass of at least 77 yards.

*The Giants' loss skewered a couple of statistical trends regarding Manning. They are now 25-7 when he throws three touchdown passes, and 29-14 when he is not sacked.

*Manning threw 47 passes without being sacked, only the sixth time he has thrown so many passes without a sack.

*Manning threw for 366 yards on Sunday. The next time he gets close to 300 against the Eagles, he might want to stop throwing the ball. The Giants have lost each of the last seven games against Philadelphia in which Manning threw for at least 300 yards. Manning last threw for more than 300 yards in a victory against the Eagles on Sept. 17, 2006.

*The Giants lost Sunday when rookie Jake Elliott kicked two field goals in the last 51 seconds, including a 61-yarder as time expired. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time a team kicked game-tying and winning field goals so late in the fourth quarter since Dec. 24, 1994 – and ironically the losers that day were the Eagles. Cincinnati's Doug Pelfrey tied the game at 30-30 with a 22-yard field goal with three seconds left, and after Philadelphia fumbled the kickoff, booted the game-winning 54-yarder on the final play.
*Elliott's 61-yard kick was the third-longest game-ending field goal in NFL history, trailing only Tom Dempsey's famous 63-yarder for New Orleans against Detroit on Nov. 8, 1970 and former Giant Matt Bryant's 62-yarder for Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia on Oct. 22, 2006.
*Beckham's nine catches in Philadelphia increased his career total to 301, moving him past Kyle Rote (300) and into 11th place on the Giants' career list. Victor Cruz is 10th with 303 catches.

*Beckham's 79 yards increased his total to 4,237, which jumped him over Jeremy Shockey (4,228) and into 14th place on the franchise list. Aaron Thomas is 13th with 4,253.

*Beckham's two touchdown receptions gave him 37 in his career and moved him into fifth place on the Giants' all-time list. He had been tied with Homer Jones, Del Shofner and Thomas. Frank Gifford is fourth with 42 touchdown catches.

*Beckham has each of the Giants' last nine multiple-touchdown games. The last Giants player to score more than once was running back Rashad Jennings at Dallas on Oct. 19, 2014.

*The Giants lost despite scoring 24 fourth-quarter points. The last team to do that was New England, which scored 24 points in the final quarter but lost at home to San Francisco, 41-34, on Dec. 16, 2012.

*The game in Philadelphia was the first in which the Giants lost after holding a fourth-quarter lead since Sept. 25, 2016, when they led Washington, 24-23 and 27-26, but lost, 29-27.

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