Eli Manning had a game for the ages in the New York Giants' 41-34 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. He is only the 13th quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 500 yards. Those quarterbacks only went 7-6 in those games, which is not too surprising since teams are usually losing if they have to throw that much. What may be a little surprising, though, is the fact that the Giants, who have mainly been known for their defense and power running game, are the only team to have as many as three quarterbacks in the 500-yard club. Here are the Top 5 passing-yard games in Giants history:
5. Eli Manning, 420 Yards, Oct. 9, 2011: Manning has now thrown for 400 yards or more four times in his career, and his first three all came last season. His first time came in this 36-25 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. He went 24-for-39, and tossed three touchdown passes with three interceptions. Late in the fourth quarter, he drove his team down field, about to complete one of his patented comebacks, but Victor Cruz (eight catches for 161 yards and a touchdown) slipped while running his route, and Brandon Browner picked off Manning's pass and ran it back 94 yards for a touchdown, sealing the game for Seattle. Manning's other 400-yard games in 2011 came in a 49-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints and a 37-34 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
4. Phil Simms, 432 Yards, Oct. 6, 1985: The Giants lost to the Cowboys at Giants Stadium, 30-29. Simms went 18-for-36, threw three touchdown passes and two interceptions. Lionel Manuel was his most productive target, with six catches, 129 yards and two touchdowns. The Giants had gained the lead in the fourth quarter on a Jess Atkinson field goal, but his counterpart, Rafael Septien, booted a 31-yarder to win it. Simms' first 400-yard game came on Sept. 2, 1984, when the Giants beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 28-27.
3. Y.A. Tittle, 505 Yards, Oct. 28, 1962: In one of the greatest quarterback performances in NFL history, Tittle became only the second quarterback to surpass the 500-yard mark. Norm Van Brocklin was the first, in 1951, when he threw for a still-record 554 yards, leading his Los Angeles Rams to a 54-14 win over the New York Yanks. At Yankee Stadium in 1962, the Giants defeated the Washington Redskins, 49-34. The game wasn't an all-day blowout, though, as the Redskins pulled within one point of the Giants when they opened the second half scoring with a touchdown. Tittle, though, was unbeatable that day, going 27-for-39, while throwing a whopping seven touchdown passes with no interceptions. Del Shofner reaped the benefits of Tittle's arm, with 11 catches, for 269 yards and a touchdown. Frank Gifford hauled in four passes for 127 yards and a touchdown, while tight end and future New York Jets coach Joe Walton caught three touchdown passes. The Giants gained 602 total yards on the day. Washington's quarterback was future Giant Norm Snead, who threw for 346 yards of his own, with four touchdowns and three interceptions.
2. Eli Manning, 510 Yards, Sept. 16, 2012: Manning's final numbers: 31-for-51 (60.8%), three touchdowns, three interceptions, 89.5 passer rating. He threw for 295 yards in the second half, and the Giants gained a total of 604 yards, which is the second most in team history -- the record of 609 was set in 1950 against those old New York Yanks. Hakeem Nicks (10 catches, 199 yards, one touchdown) and Victor Cruz (11 catches, 179 yards, one touchdown) were the main beneficiaries of Manning's performance.
1. Phil Simms, 513 Yards, Oct. 13, 1985: One week after throwing for 432 yards in the loss to the Cowboys, Simms set the franchise record, but the Giants lost again, this time to the Cincinnati Bengals, 35-30, at Riverfront Stadium. The Giants were losing all game long, so Simms had to air it out, going 40-for-62, with one touchdown and two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown by James Griffin). Mark Bavaro had a big game, catching 12 passes for 176 yards. The Giants outgained the Bengals, 470 to 199, but Boomer Esiason's three touchdown, no interception game was enough for Cincinnati to come out on top.