Eli Manning's 10 Biggest Moments With the New York Giants

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Eli Manning's best moments as a member of the New York Giants Elsa/Getty

During the New York Giants' Week 15 game against the Miami Dolphins, quarterback Eli Manning led his team to a win in what many believe to be one of his final games at Met Life Stadium.

Manning exited the game during the fourth quarter as Giants head coach Pat Shurmur called a time out, leading fans to get to their feet and cheer the 16-year veteran quarterback. Manning's past few seasons with the team have been loaded with ups and downs, including being benched in 2017 for two games before returning to the starting role after former head coach Geno Smith was fired.

However, earlier this season Manning was benched again, this time for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. The decision led many to believe that the move would mark the end for Manning with the Giants, as his contract with the team ends later this season. But during Week 13, Manning was again named the starter for the team as Jones was ruled unable to play while recovering from an ankle injury.

Thus far, Manning has not announced his intentions for next season. Speaking to reporters after a Week 14 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the quarterback said: "You never want to try to make decisions about your future while living in the present and don't know the circumstances of what could happen."

"I'll analyze everything else after the season," Manning added.

Unable to make the playoffs, the Giants' season will end on December 29 when they host the Eagles. It is unknown if Manning will play in that game, or next week's matchup against the Washington Redskins.

Regardless of Manning's future with the NFL, Newsweek compiled 10 of the biggest moments the quarterback had while playing for the Giants.

Manning's standing ovation, week 15 2019

In the final five minutes of the game, the Giants were up by 16 points, and head coach Shurmur decided to replace Manning with backup quarterback Alex Tanney so fans could give the two-time Super Bowl MVP a standing ovation as he left the field.

Following his win and standing ovation, Manning was given the game ball and told his teammates, "there's not a better feeling than a win in the locker room on a Sunday."

"There's not a better feeling than a win in the locker room on a Sunday, boys."

Eli Manning received the game ball after Sunday's win.

(via @Giants) pic.twitter.com/EcwVQ46hCi

— ESPN (@espn) December 16, 2019

Manning and his teammates also spoke about what the future holds for the quarterback and how important that support from the fans was.

"Obviously I don't know what the future holds," Manning said, who is in the final year of his contract with the Giants. "They were chanting my name from the first snap to the end, I appreciate them always...this is the one I'll remember."

"They were chanting my name from the first snap to the end, I appreciate them always...this is one I'll remember"

- Eli Manning pic.twitter.com/o57UInU9qg

— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) December 15, 2019

In an interview with NorthJersey.com, Giants' running back Saquon Barkley also touched on the potential of this being Manning's final game as a Giant. "He's a special person and a special player. If that is the way he gets sent off, I'm glad we were able to do it in a win and do it in that fashion," Barkley said.

2004 NFL draft controversy

Manning has been a member of the Giants for his entire career, but it was not supposed to start that way. In 2004, the San Diego Chargers had the number one pick and planned on taking Manning. Prior to the draft, Manning's father, Archie Manning, told the Chargers general manager that Eli did not want to play for the Chargers and would rather be traded to the Giants.

The Chargers decided to draft Manning, but swiftly traded him to the Giants in exchange for quarterback Philip Rivers.

Week 14, 2004

Manning got his first NFL start during Week 1, after replacing former Giants quarterback Kurt Warner, but he did not impress right away. In Week 14 of the 2004 season, the Giants had a 5-8 record and were set the face the 12-1 Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite Manning losing the past four games, Week 14 became his breakout game.

Manning finished the game with 16 out of 23 completions, 182 total yards and two touchdowns. He may have lost the game 33-30 but showed the Giants his potential ability to come in the near future.

2005 season, NFC East Champions

After the 2004 season, Manning was named the starter over Kurt Warner and did not disappoint throughout the season. He started the season 2-0 and despite a loss during Week 3 against the Chargers, he had one of the most notable games of his young career, finishing the game with 352 total yards and two touchdowns. During this season, Manning also had his first game-winning touchdown, with just five seconds remaining, during the Giants Week 7 matchup against the Denver Broncos

Manning would eventually go on to finish the season with an 11-5 record, as well as placing among the top five league quarterbacks in both passing yards and touchdown passes. Their Giants won the NFC East, but went on to lose to the Carolina Panthers in the Wild-Card round.

Week 5, 2009, Perfect Game

During the Giants' Week 5 game against the Oakland Raiders, Manning recorded his first perfect passer rating game. To qualify as a perfect passer game, a quarterback must log at least 10 passes, 0 interceptions, a minimum completion percentage of 77.5 percent, a minimum of 11.8 percent of passes that score touchdowns and a minimum of 12.5 yards per pass attempt.

Manning finished the game with two touchdowns and a total of 173 passing yards, putting him in the elite company of quarterbacks with games of perfect passer ratings.

Week 2, 2006, 17-point comeback

In this game, the Giants faced the Philadelphia Eagles, who sacked the quarterback eight times and led 24-7 going into the fourth quarter. A minute into the final quarter, Manning found wide receiver Plaxico Burress, but fumbled the ball into the end zone. Fellow wide receiver, Tim Carter then fell on the ball in the end zone, bringing the score to 24-14 Eagles.

With just 3:33 minutes left in regulation; Manning's pass to Amani Toomer scored a 22-yard touchdown, which led to a late-game field goal that tied the game at 24-24 and sent it to overtime.

During overtime, Manning led the Giants on an 85-yard, game-winning drive capped off with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Burress.

2007 NFC Championship game

The 2007 playoffs were one of Manning's best performances in his career. Manning put his team in position to win two separate times but was forced to keep battling after kicker Lawrence Tynes missed two field goals, including one as time expired.

Despite the missed opportunities, Manning led his team to a win in overtime, beating hall of fame quarterback Brett Favre, and punching his ticket to the Super Bowl against the undefeated New England Patriots.

2011 NFC Championship game

After winning four straight games, the Giants were set to take on the San Francisco 49ers during a cold and rainy NFC championship game. Despite being sacked six times, Manning was able to throw for 316 total yards and two touchdowns in a 23-20 overtime victory.

The win against the 49ers helped Manning secure his second Super Bowl appearance in a five-year span, setting up a long-awaited rematch against the New England Patriots.

2011 Super Bowl XLVI

Super Bowl XLVI featured the Giants against the Patriots. The Giants were trailing 17-15 with just 3:46 left in the game, but Manning would not back down. The quarterback led his team through an 88-yard drive that started with one of the craziest passes in Super Bowl history.

On the first play of the drive, Manning threw a 38-yard pass to wide receiver Mario Manningham. The Giants would go on to score and finish the game with a 21-17 victory. Manning finished the game with 296 passing yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions, and was named Super Bowl MVP.

2007 Super Bowl XLII

This Super Bowl was the first meeting between the Giants and the Patriots, who were undefeated throughout the regular and post season. With 2:42 left in the game, the Giants were trailing 14-10, but Manning refused to quit. On third down, Manning escaped multiple defenders and threw a 44-yard pass to wide receiver David Tyree who caught the ball with his helmet.

11 years ago today, Eli Manning and David Tyree did the impossible. pic.twitter.com/iwPqF5MPEI

— SNY (@SNYtv) February 3, 2019

Manning finished the game with a touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress, shocking the undefeated Patriots. The win was Manning's first Super Bowl, and he was also named Super Bowl MVP.