Giants fans were chanting Manning’s name late in the game and as he walked off the field, just in case this turned into his final appearance for the team he’s led to two Super Bowl triumphs. He was aware, and acknowledged the crowed as he jogged off the field.
“Yeah, I did, I heard them. And, again, I appreciate all the fans, their support this whole year,” Manning said. “It’s been overwhelming, and for them to support me, support the team the way they have, it’s been special.”
He wanted to give the Giants’ longtime quarterback a hug after they won their first game since Nov. 19.
“Well, it was for him. I did ask the camera guy, ‘Can you get a picture when I hug Eli?'” Spagnuolo said. “Because, you know, it’s a memory. It’s a memory. We’ve both been through a lot and none more than him with this season, but he never changed. I value that in people that can stay that balanced through ups and downs. He’s had the highest of highs and this was certainly very, very low, but he’s a tremendous competitor and I appreciate him greatly.”
Trubisky also took a safety in the second quarter on an intentional grounding call when Danielle Hunter and Linval Joseph closed in on a sack in the end zone and he side-armed a throw between the two pass rushers.
In what could have been the final game for coach John Fox, who’s 14-34 in three seasons, the Bears didn’t cross midfield until the fourth quarter and totaled only 30 yards rushing. They were penalized 10 times for 116 yards and went 1 for 14 on third and fourth down conversions.
Hey, when you’re as hot as the Eagles are, your coordinators are going to get interviews. Schwartz was 29-51 with just one playoff appearance in five seasons as Lions head coach, but he has performed well as a defensive coordinator with Buffalo and Philadelphia since.