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Eli Manning returns, Giants vs. Eagles on Yahoo Sports app

By December 7, 2019January 12th, 2022Sports app

In November 1971, after missing more than a full calendar year with knee and wrist injuries, Joe Namath was called off the bench in a game for the New York Jets.

It turned out to be one of the most memorable moments in Namath’s career. He got hot against the San Francisco 49ers, throwing three touchdowns to get the Jets back in the game. He threw a late interception and the Jets lost, but the memory of the New York crowd going mad as they experienced the return of a legend lives on. It was a moment.

Eli Manning’s return on Monday night as the New York Giants starter is far from a perfect game against Namath’s return in 1971, and we don’t know how Manning will play in place of injured Daniel Jones against the Philadelphia Eagles in a game that can be streamed live on the Yahoo Sports app.

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But wouldn’t it be pretty cool for Manning to have another great time with the Giants?

Eli Manning hasn’t played since week 2

The way this season has gone for Manning at this point was all but inevitable. The Giants drafted Daniel Jones with the sixth pick overall. New York are a bad team and it was only a matter of time before Manning was replaced as the starter. Jones’ excellent preseason has sped up the schedule. Manning was substituted after two starts and hasn’t played since.

Jones has a sprained ankle and is likely to miss several games. The only race the Giants are in is for the draft position, and there’s no need to rush Jones back. Manning could end up getting a few starts in stride. It’s a funny story. Manning did a great job representing the Giants and the NFL as a whole, and deserves a great final act.

Manning might not be capable of another great game. He struggled on both starts and has been in decline for a few years. This is completely normal, as he nears his 39th birthday. The Giants are still not very good, but they have a flexible schedule on the home stretch. It’s not like the Eagles look like they want to save their season.

It looked like Manning might just disappear after being put on the bench, but now he’s getting what is almost certainly the last callback with his only NFL team.

Eli Manning will start Monday night for the Giants. (AP Photo / Paul Sancya)

Manning could start more than one game

Very little has been said about Manning’s future. He will be a free agent after the season and there is no final word on whether he wants to play elsewhere or retire.

Whatever happens, Manning’s New York legacy will live on forever thanks to two Super Bowl wins. This is why he is one of the most popular figures in the history of the team. That’s why the bench of an awkward game two seasons ago turned into a major controversy that sealed Ben McAdoo’s sacking. Since then, the Giants have handled everything with the utmost sensitivity, doing everything possible to make sure Manning doesn’t disrespect even as the team move on to the next phase.

In the end, Manning gets at least one more start for the Giants, and maybe more. More than a few legendary moments have occurred on “Monday Night Football”.

Maybe we have another one, this time with Manning before he leaves New York.

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Frank Schwab is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Do you have any advice? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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