Giants Fans Give Eli Manning A Standing Ovation In First Start After Benching

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Eli Manning’s historic streak of 210 consecutive regular season starts was ended by a head coach who wouldn’t last another week on the job.

Interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo almost immediately reinserted the longtime New York Giants quarterback under center, and on Sunday, fans showed Manning and Spagnuolo their appreciation.

When he took the MetLife Stadium field against the Dallas Cowboys, fans gave Manning a standing ovation.

“I just wanted him to know that I do want to play,” Manning told reporters earlier this week of a meeting with Spagnuolo. “I want to be the starting quarterback, I want to be out there and I just want to make sure that he knew that. He said that he was going to think about it and talk with the coaches, but his gut said that I would be the starting quarterback. So, I’m happy that he went with that decision and he has the faith in me we can go win this football game with me as the quarterback.”

Midway through the third quarter, the Giants and Cowboys are tied up at 10.

Manning has completed 17 of 25 passes for 148 yards, including this touchdown pass to Rhett Ellison.


Manning and the Giants offense was miserable the rest of the way. He finished with 228 yards on 31-of-46 passing with two interceptions in a 30-10 loss.