Eli Manning Shakes Off The Rust On Monday Night Football

Giants Lose 23-17, Big First Half Not Enough To Hold Off Eagles

Brandon Contes
December 09, 2019 - 9:55 pm

With the rain falling at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, neither offense looked sharp at the beginning of the Giants-Eagles Monday Night Football matchup.

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Both teams combined for just 69 yards during a scoreless first quarter. Eli Manning went 4-7 with a miniscule 16 yards, but then he started to shake off the rust and looked even better than vintage.

In his first start this season since Week 2 against Buffalo, the two-time Super Bowl MVP found a connection with rookie wide-receiver Darius Slayton.

First it was a 35yd touchdown pass to Slayton, putting the Giants on the board for a 7-0 lead over the Eagles.

Next it was a 42yd connection between the veteran quarterback and rookie wide-receiver, which led to a field goal from Aldrick Rosas and a 10-3 lead for Big Blue.

The dynamic duo weren't done there. With 35 seconds left in the half, Eli found Slayton again, this time for a 55yd touchdown as the Giants went into the half up 17-3 over the playoff hopeful Philadelphia Eagles.

In what could potentially be the final primetime game of his career, Eli finished the first half with 179 yards and two touchdowns, most of which came in the second quarter. But it wasn't enough, Big Blue was shutout in the second half on their way to an overtime loss to the Eagles, 23-17

Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is currently expected to miss 2-4 weeks as he recovers from a high ankle sprain, which means Eli might finish out the season as the Giants' starter.