It’s Eli Manning’s retirement day and the NFL is losing an all time great. Eli ranks top 10 in passing yards, completions, passing touchdowns and games played among other categories. Yes, some of his stats are average, he led the NFL in interceptions a few times, his all-time record is a mediocre 117-117 but with two Super Bowl wins and Super Bowl MVP trophies, I think Eli is a no doubt about it, Hall of Famer.
I’m going to miss him playing against the Eagles and he should probably be put in the Eagles Hall of Fame. Eli played against the Eagles 31 times in the regular season and twice in the playoffs in his 16 year career. He ended with a 10-23 record against the Birds including an 0-2 record in the postseason. Only twice, in 2005 and 2007, did Manning and the Giants sweep the season series against the Eagles, while the Eagles won both games against the Giants in seven seasons during Manning’s career. Eli threw for 56 touchdowns against the Eagles which is more than he threw against any other team but he also threw 37 interceptions which is also more than he threw against any other team. The Eagles owned Eli, especially in the second half of his career and especially in Philly. He lost his last six games against the Eagles and his last win in Philadelphia was in 2013.
Eli retires leaving Eagles’ fans with some great memories. We can recall any number of the 63 sacks that the Eagles’ defense recorded on Manning over his 16 year career and the classic Eli face that followed. We can look back fondly on the number of chuck and ducks that led to game changing interceptions. Here’s a couple INTs to look back on:
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And to be honest we can even look back fondly on his triumphs. He beat the Patriots twice in the Super Bowl and more importantly he spoiled Tony Romo and the Cowboys’ best chance to win a Super Bowl in 2007 by upsetting them in the divisional round.
It’s an absolute fact that Eli had a great career and I believe he had a first ballot Hall of Fame career. He’s seems to be a great guy, great in the community and handled the New York media as well as anyone could. The NFL is going to miss Eli, but Eagles fans will probably miss him more than most. Congrats on a great career, Eli!!
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