With a touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks in the third quarter of tonight’s game, Eli Manning surpassed New York Giants legendary quarterback Phil Simms for the most touchdown passes in franchise history. With his 200th touchdown pass, he became just the 33rd quarterback in NFL history to reach that mark. It is just another stamp on Manning’s career that will likely end with him in the Hall of Fame and regarded as the best signal caller in the team’s storied history.
Some already consider Manning to be the best quarterback in franchise history. The team has never had a truly elite quarterback in terms of career numbers that has stuck around as long as Simms did and Manning has (Y.A. Tittle and Fran Tarkenton don’t count). While his touchdown to interception ratio isn’t great, Manning’s ability to win and perform in the clutch put him in the elite category. Pending major injury, Manning should hold every major quarterback franchise record when he retires.
It is difficult for me to truly analyze who was the better quarterback between Simms and Manning given my age (I was born the year Simms led the Giants to a win in the Super Bowl in ’86), but if I had to rank them right now it would be Manning with Simms as a very close second. With an expected 5-6 years (at least) remaining in Manning’s career, he’ll start to put distance between himself and Simms.
The Giants put on a show against the banged up Green Bay Packers. They were without starters Clay Matthews, Sam Shields and Charles Woodson and the offense took advantage. They scored 31 points by half time.
With the tough schedule down the stretch, it was good the Giants caught a break by playing a Packers team clearly not at 100 percent. They have to continue to distance themselves in the NFC East with a win over the Washington Redskins next Monday. They increased their lead to two games after the win.