Manning threw two touchdown passes in the first half of Monday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, both to rookie Darius Slayton and both for at least 35 yards. Eli played smart and relatively efficient, completing 11 of 19 passes for 179 yards for a 124.7 passer rating in the first half and leading New York to 17-3 lead over its hated division rival. All that was old was new again.
"I felt good. In a good rhythm," Manning told reporters after the game, per SNY. "Saquon was running well. Offensive line was protecting well. Guys we're getting open. I thought we could keep it going in the second half."
Narrator: They could not. Under Manning's stewardship, New York was not nearly as explosive in the final two frames, running 20 plays, tallying 24 passing yards and 30 yards total, picking up just two first downs and punting six times in six drives.
Big Blue blew it, and Eli (15-of-30, 203 yards) knew it.
"They played well in the second half and took away some of our things and we didn't execute quite well enough," Manning said of Philly's defense. "We've got to help out our defense. We've got to score points."
New York's ninth straight loss not only dropped the Giants to 2-11 on the year but sent Manning's career record sub-.500. Entering Monday night with a 116-116 record, Eli is now one game below average.
"I'm just going to take it one week at a time," Manning said. "Just see what the coaches are telling me, find ways to improve and help out the team and try to get a win."