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Inside the Numbers: Eli's place in history

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Eli Manning started his 176th regular-season game on Sunday in the Giants' 32-18 victory over the Buccaneers in Tampa. That is 11 full NFL seasons.


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Manning has not missed a start since his debut. His 176 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 (208), have started more consecutive games among quarterbacks than Manning, who is 96-80 (.550) in the regular season.

Manning is one of four active quarterbacks with at least 176 starts and he is the 12th 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 176 games, as well as a few notable retired quarterbacks, including Favre, Hall of Famers Dan Marino and John Elway, Fran Tarkenton (who played five seasons for the Giants), and former Giants quarterback Kerry Collins.

THROUGH 176 STARTS:

ACTIVE W L T ATT COM YDS TD INT RATING
Brady, Tom 137 39 0 5,997 3,821 45,042 336 124 96.5
Brees, Drew 105 71 0 6,393 4,203 47,988 342 170 94.9
Manning, Eli 96 80 0 5,940 3,529 42,028 278 191 83.3
Manning, Peyton 117 59 0 5,960 3,839 45,628 333 165 94.7
 
RETIRED W L T ATT COM YDS TD INT RATING
Collins, Kerry 81 95 0 5,920 3,290 38,694 199 190 73.5
Elway, John 107 68 1 5,512 3,102 38,573 202 179 76.8
Favre, Brett 116 60 0 6,037 3,685 42,548 316 191 86.6
Marino, Dan 112 64 0 6,196 3,699 46,435 333 188 88.3
Tarkenton, Fran 81 91 4 4,436 2,451 33,065 245 186 80.1

Some Manning statistical nuggets:

•  He is the Giants' career leader in pass attempts (5,949), completions (3,532), yards (32,094), touchdowns (278) and interceptions (191). 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 176 starts only.

•  In NFL career rankings, Manning is 12th in attempts and 11th in completions (directly behind Tarkenton in each category), 12th in passing yards and 10th in touchdown passes – and 30th in interceptions.

•  Philip Rivers has thrown 271 touchdown passes, and Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 258, so the three quarterbacks chosen among the first 11 selections in the 2004 NFL Draft have totaled 807 – and counting – scoring passes.

•  Manning's 35 regular-season 300-yard passing games are 14 more than Giants runner-up Phil Simms.

•  Manning has started all 176 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 (215 and counting) and Miami's Dan Marino and Don Shula (184). The Giants host the Patriots on Sunday.

•  Rivers has started 153 consecutive games, the second-longest streak among all active players,

•  Johnathan Hankins has the Giants' second-longest streak of consecutive starts behind Manning, with 25. But Hankins was placed on injured reserve today with a torn pectoral muscle suffered at Tampa Bay. Presuming he starts on Sunday, the second-longest streak on the team will belong to Odell Beckham Jr., with 21 in a row – which will put him a mere 156 behind Manning.

•  Manning's 96 regular-season victories place him fifth among active quarterbacks, behind
Peyton Manning (186), Brady (168), Brees (121) and Roethlisberger (109).

•  Manning is 50-38 at home and 46-42 on the road. His record in both Giants Stadium and MetLife Stadium is 25-19.

•  Manning has started in 33 different stadiums. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 29 of those stadiums, including Giants (67) and MetLife (80). Manning has thrown 17 touchdown passes in Lincoln Financial Field, his highest total in a road stadium.

•  He has started against 80 different quarterbacks, from Derek Anderson to Vince Young. That includes 30 quarterbacks in the NFC East.
 
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•  Manning has started against 68 different head coaches, from Dennis Allen to Jim Zorn.

•  The Giants are 86-60 when Manning throws at least one touchdown pass, 10-20 when he doesn't.

•  They are 53-61 when he throws at least one interception, 43-19 when he does not.

•  The Giants are 70-70 when he is sacked at least once, 26-10 when he is not sacked.

•  He is 68-52 in afternoon games, 24-28 in prime time.

•  Manning has completed passes to 69 different receivers and thrown touchdown passes to 41 different teammates. Hakeem Nicks tops the receptions list with 306, and Plaxico Burress is first with 33 touchdowns.

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

And now for some non-Manning notes:

•  Tom Coughlin of the Giants and Bill Belichick of the Patriots have each been NFL head coaches for at least 20 years. When their teams face each other on Sunday, it will be the first meeting of head coaches with at least 20 years of experience since Sept. 20, 1992, when Miami's Don Shula faced the Rams' Chuck Knox. The Dolphins won, 26-10.

•  The Giants have scored four defensive touchdowns this season, their highest total since they had five in 2007.

•  The Giants have scored a return touchdown in each of the last three games (a kickoff return by Dwayne Harris, an interception return by Trumaine McBride, and a fumble return by Trevin Wade). The Giants last had return touchdowns in three consecutive games in 2004:

Dec. 5: Derrick Ward, 92-yard kickoff return at Washington
Dec. 12: Osi Umenyiora 50-yard fumble return at Baltimore
Dec. 18: Willie Ponder, 91-yard kickoff return vs. Pittsburgh

•  Wade scored as time expired on Sunday. The touchdown didn't affect who won the game, but increased the Giants' margin of victory to 14 points (32-18). It was the first time the Giants scored a touchdown with no time remaining in the fourth quarter since Sept 28, 1980, when Scott Brunner threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Perkins. Like Wade's touchdown, it had no bearing on the outcome. It simply spoiled the Los Angeles' Rams bid for a shutout in a 28-7 Giants loss.
 
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•  The Giants did not give up a first-half touchdown in four of their five victories this season. The exception was Dallas, which scored on Darren McFadden's one-yard run.

•  The Giants lead the NFL with 21 takeaways, 13 interceptions (tied with two teams), and a plus-12 turnover differential.

•  The Giants have their bye after facing New England. Since regular-season byes were instituted in 1990, the Giants have the second-highest winning percentage in pre-bye games:

Seattle Seahawks 21-6 0.778
New York Giants 19-7 0.720
Dallas Cowboys 19-8 0.704
Minnesota Vikings 18-9 0.667
San Francisco 49ers 18-9 0.667
New Orleans Saints 17-9 0.654

•  Neither the Giants nor the Buccaneers had a sack on Sunday, the first time that's happened in a Giants game since Oct. 7, 2012, in a victory over Cleveland.

•  The Giants have gone sackless in back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 7-14, 2010, vs. Seattle and Dallas.

•  According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants' nine sacks is their lowest total through nine games since team sacks were first compiled in 1963.

•  The Giants and Bucs combined for only three punts on Sunday (one by the visitors), the lowest total in a Giants game since Oct. 13, 2008, when the Giants and Browns combined for two in Cleveland (both by the Giants' Jeff Feagles).

•  Josh Brown has made 23 consecutive field goal attempts dating back to last season, which is both a career high and a Giants record. It is also the NFL's second-longest active streak, behind Stephen Gostkowski's 28 in a row. Brown and Gostkowski will be the competing kickers on Sunday, when the Giants host the Patriots.

•  Brown and Tampa Bay's Connor Barth each kicked four field goals on Sunday (and Barth missed a 43-yard attempt). According to Elias, it was the first-ever Giants game in which both teams kicked at least four field goals.

•  Brown and Barth each kicked a 53-yard field goal. It was the first Giants game in which each team kicked a field goal of at least 53 yards. It happened earlier this season in the NFL when Seattle visited Green Bay in Week 2. Mason Crosby and Steven Hauschka each kicked 54-yard field goals.

•  Brown's 53-yard field goal at Tampa Bay was the 36th of his career of 50 or more yards. That ties him with San Francisco's Phil Dawson for second place among active kickers, behind only Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski (50).

•  The Giants have three rushing touchdowns this season, their lowest total through nine games since they had two in 1996.

•  Beckham has caught at least four passes in each of 19 consecutive games, the NFL's second-longest active streak behind Atlanta's Julio Jones (29)

•  Rashad Jennings' 48 rushing yards on Sunday increased his two-year total with the Giants to 1,003 yards. He is the 40th player to rush for 1,000 yards in a Giants uniform.

Gameday photo timeline from the Giants Week 9 matchup against the Bucs

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