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Inside the Numbers: Eli's Iron Man streak reaches new mark

eli-center-111417.jpg's Michael Eisen takes a closer look a Eli Manning's consecutive games streak:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Eli Manning has reached the point in his illustrious career where he achieves a new statistical milestone every time he steps on the field. On Sunday, he'll ascend to an area few players before him have ventured.

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Manning will make this 209th consecutive regular-season start when the Giants host the Kansas City Chiefs in MetLife Stadium. He will break a tie with his brother, Peyton, and own the second-longest starting streak by a quarterback in NFL history. He will also move ahead of Derrick Brooks and own the sixth-longest streak by any player since the 1970 merger:


Brett Favre - 297
Bruce Matthews - 229
Will Shields - 223
Ronde Barber - 215
London Fletcher - 215
Eli Manning - 208
Derrick Brooks - 208
Peyton Manning - 208

Manning long ago established the Giants franchise record for the most consecutive starts. Here are the five-longest Giants streaks since the merger:

Eli Manning - 208
David Diehl - 120
Doug Van Horn - 103
Chris Snee - 101
Jessie Armstead - 96

Fran Tarkenton owns the second-longest streak by a Giants quarterback with 69 in a row from 1967-71.

One hundred and eighty-seven (187) other quarterbacks have started an NFL regular-season game (plus Oakland's Connor Cook in an AFC Wild Card Game last season) since Manning started his first game as a rookie on Nov. 21, 2004. The other three NFC East teams – Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington – have started 33 different quarterbacks.

Manning's record as a regular-season starter is 109-99 (.524).

When Manning faced the 49ers on Sunday, Levi's Stadium became the 38th different stadium in which he has started a regular-season game – and the 33rd in which he has thrown a touchdown pass. C.J. Beathard was the 89th different starting quarterback he has faced. Kyle Shanahan was the 78th different head coach. Manning is 0-1 against Kyle, but was 6-3 against his father, Mike Shanahan, the former Oakland, Denver and Washington coach. Manning joined Cam Newton and Carson Palmer as quarterbacks to start games against both Shanahans.

As Eli Manning enters his 12th season with the Giants, we look back at this career.

*Manning is 10-6 against rookie quarterbacks after the Giants lost to Beathard's 49ers.

*Manning completed 75.7% of his passes (28 of 37) Sunday, his second-highest percentage of the season; he hit 76.3% of his throws (29 of 38) in the season opener in Dallas. His passer rating of 113.9 was his best since he posted a 115.3 rating on Dec. 18, 2016 vs. Detroit.

*While Manning was completing more than three-quarters of his passes, Beathard hit 76% of his (19 of 25). The last time both starting quarterbacks each completed 75+ percent of their pass attempts in a Giants game was Dec. 21, 2014, when Manning was 25-for-32, 78.1%, and the St. Louis Rams' Shaun Hill was 24-for-32, 75.0%.

*First-round draft choice Evan Engram leads all rookie tight ends with 40 catches, 443 receiving yards, five touchdowns and 49.2 yards per game, and leads all rookies with 14 third-down receptions.

Engram is the first Giants tight end with a touchdown reception in each of four consecutive games since Mark Bavaro in 1987. He is the third tight end to accomplish the feat this season, joining Tampa Bay's Cameron Brate and Philadelphia's Zach Ertz.

*The Giants have allowed a receiving touchdown to an opposing tight end in 10 consecutive games dating back to last year. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest such streak in NFL history.

*Four consecutive Giants opponents have gained more than 400 yards, the first time that's happened since Oct. 12-Nov. 9, 2014.

*In their last two games, the Giants gave up touchdown passes of 52 and 67 yards to the Rams, and 47 and 83 yards to the 49ers. It is the first time in their history they allowed two touchdown passes of at least 47 yards in back-to-back games.

*San Francisco converted eight of 12 third-down opportunities on Sunday, a 67% success rate that was the highest by a Giants opponent since Jan. 3, 2016, when Philadelphia was 10-for-13 (77%).

*Long snapper Zak DeOssie played in his 165th game in a Giants uniform Sunday, tying former defensive end Jim Katcavage for 12th on the franchise's career list.

*Aldrick Rosas kicked field goals of 47 and 42 yards against San Francisco, the first Giants kicker with two 40-yarders in a game since Oct. 9, 2016, when Josh Brown booted 47 and 41-yard three-pointers at Green Bay.

But Rosas was also wide right on a 34-yard try. The Giants have missed a field goal attempt in each of the last four games, their longest such streak since Dec. 11, 1988 to Sept. 24, 1989 (five straight games).

*This season, the Giants have held just one opponent to less than 100 rushing yards; Denver ran for 46 yards on Oct. 15. Not coincidentally, that was the Giants' lone victory. Since the start of the 2016 season, the Giants are 2-12 when the opposition rushes for at least 100 yards and 10-1 when it doesn't.

*The Giants are averaging 4.1 yards a carry, their highest average since 2012, when they gained 4.6 yards per attempt.

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