10 December 2019 02:43
Anyone with a Big Blue heart wanted one last memory from the Giant with the biggest heart of them all, and inside the riotous Linc on Monday night, where it all began for your beloved No. 10 in Garbage Time relief of Kurt Warner, you got it. Pat Shurmur took the football away from your beloved Eli after only two weeks into his 16th season to start the clock on the Daniel Jones Era and he was forced to turn to your beloved Eli and ask him to prevent a historic ninth consecutive defeat, which would earn the 2019 Giants a place in the Hall of Shame alongside the 1976 Giants and push this 7-21 head coach yet another step closer to Dead Coach Walking, if he isn't already, especially with Ron Rivera on the unemployment line. You knew only too well that this was no longer the Eli Manning who delivered you two Super Bowl championships, who stood so tall and proud smiling down on his cheering adopted city on those Canyon of Heroes floats hoisting that precious Lombardi Trophy. But you could rest assured this wouldn't be Broadway Joe Namath on his kneecapped last legs either, or the shell of Johnny Unitas summoned from the bullpen by Don Shula to try to save the NFL Baltimore Colts at the end of Super Bowl III. Even as time marches on and he finds himself less than a month away from his 39th birthday, anyone who played with him and coached him, anyone who treated him for injuries that would have forced lesser men to the sideline, anyone who played against him, any fan forever grateful for the two Super Bowl championships he delivered at the expense of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, knew they would see the best of whatever Eli Manning has left to give.
He would not threaten the Eagles with his legs — never did, never will — the way young Jones would have. He had the rug pulled out from under him after two losing weeks, suddenly the $23.2 million backup for the New York Football Giants, an inevitable but painful rite of passage he witnessed Big Brother Peyton endure with the changing of the guard to Andrew Luck in Indianapolis. And as much as it wounded him, he suffered in silence, he never stopped being a good teammate, never stopped mentoring Daniel Jones, never stopped being Eli Manning. But he deserved a better ending than standing on the sideline for his last 14 games as a Giant watching the kid you hope will be The Next Eli Manning. So here came 10, trotting back into the huddle, trotting back into our lives with the country watching, and how could you not have been rooting for some magic Manning muscle memory?
That was the only way for you to root on Monday night. At 2-10, the New York Giants are simply playing for pride at this point. Meanwhile, at 5-7, the Philadelphia Eagles are fighting for their potential playoff lives as they look to close the gap for the NFC East title. The Giants will once again start veteran QB Eli Manning as rookie QB Daniel Jones nurses a high-ankle sprain that'll sideline him for multiple weeks. The Eagles look to rebound from a terrible loss to the Miami Dolphins and to break a three-game losing streak. Still, the Eagles have a ton riding on this game and should come out firing. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor (knee) and defensive end Derek Barnett (ankle) were added to the Eagles' inactives for Monday night's game, after having been listed as questionable. There seemed to be a sense Saturday that Agholor would play, as he did last week at Miami, with the same injury, but he could not. The Giants made an investment into punter Riley Dixon, signing him to an extension on Sunday. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed reports of a $8.7 million extension over three years for Dixon on Monday. UPDATE: The Eagles officially announced their inactives: Jordan Howard, Nelson Agholor, Derek Barnett, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Shareef Miller, Sua Opeta, and Nate Herbig. Usual healthy scratches Sidney Jones, Daeshon Hall, Matt Pryor, and Nate Sudfeld are active due to injuries. The Philadelphia Eagles won't officially announce the inactives list for their 2019 NFL Week 14 game against the New York Giants until 6:45 PM Eastern. In the meantime, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn reports the following Eagles starters are out: Jordan Howard, Nelson Agholor, and Derek Barnett. All three players were ruled questionable on the Eagles' final injury report. Doug Pederson labeled Agholor and Barnett as "game-time decisions" despite the fact they didn't practice at all this week. Agholor's absence means the Eagles are down to just three healthy receivers: Alshon Jeffery, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and Greg Ward. It's surprising the Eagles didn't promote one of their three practice squad receivers — Marken Michel, Robert Davis, or Marcus Green — for this game. Then again, Pederson did say the Eagles are comfortable using third string tight end Joshua Perkins at receiver. Kamu Grugier-Hill will also obviously miss Monday's game after being ruled out on the final injury report. We'll update this post once the Eagles officially announce their inactives. Philadelphia Eagles Inactive List WR Nelson Agholor - Injury. DE Derek Barnett - Injury. LB Kamu Grugier-Hill Injury. New York Giants Inactive List No surprise for the G-Men. Eli Manning starts in place of Daniel Jones. QB Daniel Jones