Eli Manning leads Giants past Niners
The New York Giants led by Eli Manning, Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. met the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, and Manning proved he still had one last push in him. The Giants quarterback led the game-winning touchdown in their 27-23 win over the 49ers.
The Giants finally had something good come out of this season, but it’s a bit too little too late. It’s a lost season for the Giants and Manning’s showcase doesn’t change that. Nonetheless, it meant a great deal for Manning and the Giants as he proved his worth as a quarterback to the team. The Giants were ready to give rookie Kyle Lauletta a chance, but Manning was able to supply his team with a reason to regain belief in him. The Giants had made no commitment to keep Manning as the starter.
Manning played well on Monday, connecting on 19 of 31 passes for 188 yards. He threw three touchdown passes, two to Beckham and the game-winner to wideout Sterling Shepard with 53 seconds remaining. He didn’t have an interception and was sacked only once.
“I’m happy to be playing football,” Manning said in a postgame interview with ESPN. “This is what I love to do. I’ve got great teammates. I’ve had great support. We came out and won a football game. That’s what I told them. I said, ‘We work too hard not to feel the joys of winning a football game and having a great locker room, have a lot of fun on the plane ride home and hopefully keep this feeling going.’ ”
“It was just time. It was just time,” Beckham said. “Like I said, we’ve been in many close games, so we knew how to lose them, and we each had to find a way to win it, and we did.”
The Giants upped their record to a still miserable 2-7. The Niners’ mark fell to 2-8. This was not exactly a must-see “Monday Night Football” matchup. But the drama of what could be Manning’s final days with the Giants did make it compelling.