After a storied career, Eli Manning retires. He’ll even be missed in Big D. The Dallas Cowboys had great success against him. But some games stick out.
After a long and storied career, New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning finally called it quits last week. Even though Manning eliminated America’s Team in a high-profile 2007 playoff game and spoiled the opening of Jerry World in 2009, the Dallas Cowboys might just want one more game against him.
Of all the teams Manning faced in his career, he only faced the Philadelphia Eagles more than the Cowboys. In 30 career games, spanning over his 16-year career, Manning was 13-17 versus Dallas, throwing 53 total touchdowns, countered by 29 interceptions.
Manning was far from perfect, but he did have moments versus America’s Team. Let’s start his rookie season when the 5-10 Giants hosted the 6-9 Cowboys for a Week 17 showdown of two mediocre teams in 2004. Manning and Big Blue were able to get a 28-24 win that Sunday in his first game versus the Cowboys.
Manning was efficient all game long, spreading the wealth with three passing touchdowns to wide receiver David Tyree, big tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, and his workhorse running back Tiki Barber. The rookie passer led the game-winning drive, ending with a Barber rushing touchdown with just 11 ticks remaining on the clock.
The 2007 divisional playoff game between the 9-7 Giants and the 13-3 Cowboys was supposed to be an easy win for the Cowboys coming off a bye week. A questionable trip to Cabo by some of the players that bye week and a key drop by wide receiver Patrick Crayton is all that is remembered from that humiliating 21-17 loss by Dallas.
Manning wasn’t perfect but once again got the job done with a two passing touchdown day. A quick strike to wide receiver Amari Toomer right before halftime tied the game at 14. And a fourth-quarter touchdown run by running back Brandon Jacobs put the Giants ahead. It was a key win on the way to the G-Men beating the New England Patriots that year in the Super Bowl.
Fast forward to September 2009 and Manning is taking on America’s Team once again. But this time in the newly-opened AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys new home that owner and general manager Jerry Jones spent a lot of money to build. The two teams faced off for the first regular-season NFL game in Jerry World.
Manning had one of the best performances of his career that September night in Dallas, taking a late 24-20 deficit and turning it into a 33-31 win. He threw for over 330 passing yards and two touchdown strikes.
A Lawrence Tynes 37-yard field goal as time expired gave big blue the spoiler in the grand opening ceremony. And Manning would famously sign the wall after the game, commemorating the first victory in the new stadium.
Even though Eli Manning delivered those three memorable victories over the Dallas Cowboys, he’ll be missed by fans. Manning and the Giants were 3-10 in their last 13 games against the Cowboys. So, how about just one more game, Eli? For old times sake?