Giants end long skid with Eli at the helm

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By TOM CANA­VAN AP Sports Writer

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. >> Twotime Su­per Bowl MVP Eli Man­ning threw two touch­downs in what might have been his fi­nal home start for the Giants and New York snapped a fran­chise record-ty­ing nine-game los­ing streak with a 36-20 vic­tory over the Mi­ami Dol­phins on Sun­day.

Saquon Barkley ran for 112 yards and scored two walk-in touch­downs and New York’s much-ma­ligned de­fense added a safety as the Giants (3-11) handed the Dol­phins (3-11) their sec­ond loss in as many weeks at MetLife Sta­dium.

Man­ning, who lost his start­ing job to Daniel Jones in Week 3 and got it back last week when the rookie sprained an an­kle, threw a 51-yard scor­ing pass to Golden Tate in the sec­ond quar­ter and a go-ahead 5-yarder to Dar­ius Slay­ton on the open­ing se­ries of the sec­ond half. The 38-year-old also threw three in­ter­cep­tions, two of which set up by field goals by Dol­phins kicker Ja­son San­ders.

With 1:50 left in the game, Man­ning (20 of 28 for 283 yards) was taken out by coach Pat Shur

mur and re­placed by Alex Tan­ney, draw­ing his sec­ond stand­ing ova­tion from those left in the crowd. He walked to the side­line and was con­grat­u­lated by team­mates while the crowd chanted “Eli Man­ning.’’ He even smiled.

Ryan Fitz­patrick, whose game slipped af­ter tak­ing a big hit on a third-quar­ter scram­ble, threw two touch­downs to Da­Vante Parker, the sec­ond one with the game out of reach.

Buck Allen added a late 1-yard TD run in the Giants’ big­gest of­fen­sive out­put of the sea­son.

This was a game be­tween teams with among the worst records in the league and Man­ning’s start gave it some mean­ing, es­pe­cially for the lo­cals who had seen him run the team since the mid­dle of the 2004 sea­son.

With his con­tract set to ex­pire af­ter this sea­son, the Giants made sure his name was an­nounced when the of­fense took the field for the sec­ond se­ries of the game and he got a stand­ing ova­tion. Some fans in the stands held up signs: “Thank You, Eli’’ one read.

Man­ning stole the show in the sec­ond half, lead­ing the Giants to three touch­downs on their first five pos­ses­sions. His pass to Slay­ton wiped out a 10-7 deficit and Barkley, who had not run for 100 yards in the pre­vi­ous seven games, added TD runs of 1 and 10 yards.

The Dol­phins took a 10-7 half­time lead on a 20-yard touch­down pass from Fitz­patrick to Parker and a 24yard field goal by San­ders.

Man­ning and Tate com­bined on a 51-yard catch and run to tie the game 7-all just 62 sec­onds af­ter the Parker catch.


New York Giants wide re­ceiver Dar­ius Slay­ton (86) cel­e­brates with quar­ter­back Eli Man­ning (10) and other team­mates af­ter scor­ing a touch­down against the Mi­ami Dol­phins dur­ing the third quar­ter of an NFL football game, Sun­day, Dec. 15, 2019, in East Ruther­ford, N.J.

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