New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning hits rookie wideout Darius Slayton for a 35-yard touchdown to take the lead against Philly.
After a scoreless first quarter, the New York Giants have put points on the board.
With the score, the Giants took a 7-0 lead over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
— New York Giants (@Giants) December 10, 2019
Manning wasn’t done there.
With under a minute to go in the first half, he found Slayton yet again, this time on a 55-yard hookup that went to the house.
— ESNY (@EliteSportsNY) December 10, 2019
This is Manning’s first appearance since the Week 2 loss to the Buffalo Bills. He was benched prior to Week 3 for rookie Daniel Jones. However, Jones suffered a high ankle sprain in the Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He’s expected to miss 2-4 weeks, therefore paving the way for Manning to receive a farewell tour.
Thus far in the game, Manning has completed 11 of his 19 passes for 179 yards, two scores and a quarterback rating of 120.3. What’s interesting about this start is that his first career start back in 2004 was in this same stadium. This won’t be his last, however, as he’s at least going to start against the Miami Dolphins at home next week.
At 2-10, it’s clear the Giants’ playoff chances are out of reach. They’ve lost eight straight matchups after starting out 2-2. The Eagles, on the other hand, are coming into this game with a record of 5-7 but very much still have a chance to win the NFC East. They’re in second place behind the 6-7 Dallas Cowboys at the moment.
The Giants lead the Eagles 17-3 at halftime.