Manning’s starting job was not guaranteed past Monday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. With very little to play for besides his own pride, No. 10 rose to the occasion. Manning threw three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 53 seconds left, to lead the Giants to a 27-23 victory that snapped a five-game losing streak.
Two of Manning’s touchdowns were to Odell Beckham Jr. He later led the Giants on the game-winning drive with some assistance in the form of third-down penalties against Malcolm Smith and Ahkello Witherspoon.
Manning connected with Saquon Barkley on a 23-yard reception to put them in the red zone. He then hit Sterling Shepard with a 3-yard touchdown on third down for the win. It was the 36th game-winning drive of Manning’s career. He finished 19-of-31 for 188 yards and three touchdowns.
The Giants defense had a hard time containing Matt Breida. Breida ran for 101 yards and a touchdown on just 17 carries. He had a 23-yard gain that helped set up a Robbie Gould field goal for a 23-20 49ers lead with 2:46 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The defense fared a little better against Nick Mullens. Mullens became just the third player in NFL history with least 250 yards passing, three touchdowns, and no interceptions in his first career game against the Oakland Raiders 12 days ago. Against the Giants, Mullens went 27-of-39 for 250 yards and an 11-yard touchdown to Breida to make the score 20-10 early in the second half.
Mullens also threw two interceptions. The first pick was snatched by B.J. Goodson on a pass intended for Kendrick Bourne. It helped set up the first Manning/Beckham touchdown, a 10-yard grab to take a 7-3 lead. Goodson also intercepted the first pass attempt of the fourth quarter intended for Marquise Goodwin. Goodson was slow to get up after his second pick and briefly left the game. He returned late in the fourth quarter.
The Giants are now 2-7, leaving the 1-8 Raiders in sole possession of the NFL’s worst record. They will host the 3-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 EST.
– Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the NFL, the New York Giants, and the NBA. Please like and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter. Curtis can be followed on Twitter @CuRawls203.