Jim Mancari, ContributorEach week, I will be taking a look at the Giants’ media notes to pull out some interesting facts about the upcoming opponent.
In Week 14, the Giants (5-7) head out west to take on Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers (5-7)
The Giants will need plenty of help if any shot at the playoffs is possible, but they can at least play the role of spoiler against a Chargers’ team that is hanging onto playoff hope by a thread.
Here are some interesting Giants’ notes about this week’s opponent:
- The Giants are 5-5 all-time against the Chargers. Tom Coughlin is 0-2 in his career against San Diego.
- Eli Manning’s fourth-quarter comeback against the Redskins was the 24th of his career. His 78.6 completion percentage was the second highest of his career.
- Justin Tuck recorded four sacks in a game for the first time in his career. Only three other Giants (Pepper Johnson, Lawrence Taylor twice, and Michael Strahan) have accomplished that feat.
- Jon Beason had a game-high 17 tackles against Washington. He had done that twice before as a member of the Carolina Panthers.
Here are some Giants-Chargers connections:
- Giants’ offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride was the 10th head coach of the Chargers. He posted a 6-16 record from 1997-1998.
- Manning was originally the first overall draft pick by the Chargers in the 2004 NFL Draft, but he was then traded to the Giants for Philip Rivers, the fourth overall pick.
- Based on the trade, there has been plenty of comparison between Manning and Rivers. Passing yardage and touchdowns are relatively close, but Rivers has thrown less interceptions (102-162), has a higher completion percentage (64.3-58.6) and has a higher quarterback rating (95.6-82.0)
- But where it counts, Manning has eight playoff wins including two Super Bowls and two Super Bowl MVPS, while Rivers has managed just three playoff wins.
- Head-to-head, Rivers is 2-0 against Manning.
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