Where has this Giants offense been?
Out of nowhere, Eli Manning engineered three straight touchdown drives to start Sunday’s home game against the 11-2 Philadelphia Eagles, a stunner for the 2-11 Giants considering their offensive futility all year.
The Giants came in averaging 15.3 points per game (199 total points), ahead of only the 0-13 Cleveland Browns (15.2, 197 total points). The Giants hadn’t scored a touchdown on their first drive of the game all season.
The offense hadn’t scored more than 12 points with Manning at quarterback since Nov. 12 at San Francisco. And they hadn’t scored three touchdowns in a single game since Week 5, when Odell Beckham Jr. broke his ankle in that fateful home loss to the Chargers.
Eli Manning and the Giants scored three consecutive touchdowns to being Sunday’s game.
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But on Sunday, offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan abandoned the conservative, run-heavy game plan for a hurry-up, pass-happy attack.
Manning completed his first seven passes and the Giants opened a 20-7 lead on an Orleans Darkwa 1-yard TD run, a 13-yard Manning TD pass to Tavarres King, and a 67-yard Sterling Shepard catch-and-run TD on a short pass from Manning.
Of course, Manning then threw an interception to Eagles DB Ronald Darby late in the first quarter to give the Eagles great field position ahead of another touchdown, so the game was far from over.