EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants will end their season Sunday at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. At 6-9, the Giants have been eliminated from postseason consideration. But they want to finish the season strong and defeat an NFC East rival that has recently gotten the best of them. A sidebar to the game will be the statistical milestones that several players can reach.
Although it's an achievement he won't celebrate because of the team's record, Eli Manning has put together some of the best passing numbers of his career.
Manning has thrown 575 passes (38.3 a game) and needs 27 more to exceed the franchise record of 601 attempts he set last season. Manning's 575 passes give him the three-highest single-season totals in Giants history.
The 12-year veteran has completed 363 of those throws, the second-highest total in Giants history. With 17 completions he will break the record of 379 that he set last year. Manning has the four-highest single-season completion totals in Giants history.
In 2014, Manning set a team record for completion percentage at 63.1 (more precisely, 63.06). This year, his percentage is again 63.1 (actually, 63.13).
Sunday night in Minnesota, Manning threw for 234 yards to push his season total to 4,134, his fifth career 4,000-yard year. Unless he throws for 800 yards against the Eagles, he will not set a new record. But if he passes for 277 yards, he will move to No. 2 on the list, passing…himself. Manning threw for 4,410 yards last year.
The Giants' record for touchdown passes in a season has stood for 52 years, since Y.A. Tittle threw 36 in 1963. This season Manning has a career-high total of 33 scoring passes, which ties him with Tittle's 1962 total at No. 2.
Manning's 93.6 passer rating is a career-high, but a poor game Sunday could send it below his season-long best of 93.1 in 2009.
Three interceptions on Sunday night increased Manning's total to 14, the same number he threw in 2009 and 2014. His career low is 10, which he threw in 2008.
And then there's this: Manning has thrown 199 career interceptions. With one more, he will become the 27th player in history to throw at least 200 interceptions. His 199 picks place him third among active players, behind Peyton Manning (251) and Drew Brees (205).
• More Manning: He was 0-for-four in the first quarter at Minnesota, the first time he had zero completions in the first 15 minutes of a game since Dec. 18, 2011, against Washington.
• Manning has 3,671 career completions and needs 16 to move past former Giant and Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Tarkenton (3,686) and into 10th place on the NFL's career list.
• Rookie tight end Matt LaCosse caught two Manning passes in his NFL debut and became the 70th different player to catch a regular-season pass from the Giants' quarterback.
• Manning was sacked four times on Sunday. That increased his career total to 305. Manning has now been sacked more often than his brother (Peyton Manning, 302 career sacks).
• Manning started his 182nd consecutive regular-season game in Minnesota. Odell Beckham Jr. had the team's second-longest streak at 25 games, but it ended when he served his one-game NFL suspension. Rueben Randle now has the second-longest streak with 17 consecutive starts, followed by Rashad Jennings and Landon Collins at 15.
• Beckham's suspension might cost him an NFL record. While he was idle, his good friend and former LSU teammate, Jarvis Landry, had seven receptions vs. Miami. Landry moved past Beckham for the highest receptions total by a player in his first two seasons. Beckham, of course, can overtake him Sunday, when he can also set the two-year yardage record.
• Beckham has 91 receptions this season, tying his rookie total, which was the second-highest in team history. He needs nine catches on Sunday to become the second Giants player in history with at least 100 in a season; Steve Smith holds the franchise record with 107 receptions in 2009.
• Beckham's 1,396 yards this season is the second-highest total in Giants history. He needs 141 yards to break Victor Cruz's franchise record of 1,536, set in 2011.
• Beckham has 13 touchdown catches, tying the Giants record set by Homer Jones in 1967.
• Jennings has rushed for a team-high 693 yards, and needs 41 yards to establish a career best (733 yards with Oakland in 2013).
• Josh Brown scored five points in Minnesota to increase his three-year total with the Giants to 338. That places him 11th in franchise history. Brown needs three points to pass No. 10 Raul Allegre (340) and 11 to pass No. 9 Amani Toomer (348).
Photo timeline from the Giants Week 16 matchup against Minnesota Vikings
• Brown has made 27 of 29 field goal attempts this season, a 93.1 percent success rate that would be a franchise record if he maintains it through Sunday (minimum 15 attempts). Brown set the record last year with a 92.3 percent (24 of 26).
• Brown has scored 122 points, the third-highest total of his 13-year career, and needs six for a new career-high. He scored 127 with Seattle in 2007 and 125 with St. Louis in 2010.
• If Collins starts Sunday against Philadelphia, he will be the first Giants defensive rookie to start 16 games since Barry Cofield in 2006, and the first safety to do so.
• Ryan Nassib relieved Manning for the final series of the Giants' 49-17 loss on Sunday and completed all five of his passes – to five different receivers – for 68 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown to Myles White. That gave Nassib a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
Nassib is the second quarterback to post a 158.3 rating after taking over for Manning at the end of a one-sided defeat. On Oct. 18, 2009 at New Orleans, David Carr completed four of five passes for 72 yards, including a touchdown, in a 48-27 loss. A week earlier, Manning earned his own perfect rating when he completed eight of 10 throws for 173 yards and two touchdowns while playing only the first five series of a 44-7 rout of Oakland. The last Giants quarterback with a 158.3 rating in a full game was Kerry Collins on Dec. 22, 2002 at Indianapolis (23 completions in 29 attempts for 366 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in a 44-27 victory).
Aside from LaCosse, Ben Edwards also caught his first career pass on Sunday, a nine-yarder from Nassib. Edwards is the first Giants player to catch his initial career pass from a quarterback other than Manning since Oct. 24, 2004, when Jamar Taylor picked up his first reception on a throw from Kurt Warner.
• White is the first Giants receiver to get his first career touchdown reception on a throw from a quarterback other than Manning since Sept. 19, 2004, when Tim Carter caught a 38-yard score from Warner in Tom Coughlin's first victory as the Giants' head coach.
• The Giants gave up 30 second-half points in Minnesota, their highest total since allowing Denver to score 31 points in the final two quarters on Sept. 15, 2013.
• Coughlin-coached teams have given up 49 or more points four times in his 338-game NFL career (including playoffs) – twice this year, twice in New Orleans and twice in Minnesota. The Giants lost in New Orleans this season, 52-49, and in 2011, 49-24. In addition to the 49-17 loss on Sunday, Coughlin's Jacksonville Jaguars lost in Minnesota on Dec. 20, 1998, 50-10.
• The Giants defense has 22 sacks this season. The team's lowest total in a 16-game season was 25 in 1992.
• The Giants game against the Eagles will decide second place in the NFC East – and the final two opponents on the team's 2016 schedule.
Next year, the NFC East will face the NFC North and AFC North. In addition to their home-and-home series against division foes Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington, the Giants will host Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and the NFC South team that finishes in the same spot in the standings. If the Giants are the second-place team, they will host Atlanta for the third consecutive year. Should they finish third, it will be Tampa Bay or New Orleans. Both teams are 6-9. If they are tied after Sunday, the Buccaneers will be the third place team and visit MetLife Stadium.
The season finale has major repercussions for the Giants' 2016 travel plans. They will visit Green Bay, Minnesota, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. If they finish second, they will also go to Seattle, since the Seahawks are locked in as the NFC West's No. 2 team. Should the Giants end the season in third place, they will face the St. Louis Rams – in London on Oct. 23. The NFL announced last month that the Rams would host the NFC East team that finishes in the same spot in the standings as they do. That will be the loser of the Giants-Eagles game.
Here are the Giants' 2016 opponents:
|Chicago Bears||Green Bay Packers|
|Detroit Lions||Minnesota Vikings|
|Baltimore Ravens||Cleveland Browns|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|NFC South Same Place Finisher||NFC West Same Place Finisher|
|Washington Redskins (Div.)||Washington Redskins (Div.)|
|Dallas Cowboys (Div.)||Dallas Cowboys (Div.)|
|Philadelphia Eagles (Div.)||Philadelphia Eagles (Div.)|