New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw a pair of touchdown passes beating the Miami Dolphins 36-20 at MetLife Stadium.
The game ended with Manning being pulled to a standing ovation with 1:50 remaining. As fans chanted his name, the two-time Super Bowl winner got emotional on the sideline.
“Obviously, I don’t know what the future is. I don’t know what lies next week, let alone down the road,” Manning said after completing 20 of 28 passes for 283 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. “Obviously, the support and the fans, their ovation, chanting my name from the first snap to the end, I appreciate that. I appreciate them always and all my teammates coming up to me. It’s a special day, a special win and one I’ll remember.”
This wasn’t a normal December game for two teams entering with a combined five wins. It was a potential farewell at MetLife Stadium for the most accomplished quarterback in Giants history.
Not a bad sendoff if this was Manning’s final start on Sunday afternoon.
It just might be. Manning is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. Rookie Daniel Jones missed his second straight game Sunday with a high ankle sprain, but there seems to be a decent chance he returns next week when the Giants play on the road against the Washington Redskins.
Jones, the No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft, ditched the walking boot and practiced last week. He seemed to be moving well and said he felt “better,” even if he wasn’t all the way there. Manning even said afterward that Jones was getting close. Another seven days might be enough for him to be ready to get back on the field to face the Redskins and rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins.