3. 2009 Week 1: 33-31 Giants win
Man, making this list has brought back some serious nostalgia for me. Speaking of New York Giants nostalgia, what Giant fan can forget Eli Manning absolutely dominating Jerry Jones’ most prized possession upon it’s opening, as prime Eli was too much for the Cowboys to handle on the opening night of their new mega-palace.
To be fair, to this point the sporting world had never seen anything to the likes of ‘Jerryworld’, as AT&T Stadium was truly a sight to behold. Mark Eli Manning down as one of the few who wasn’t impressed or intimidated, as Eli was dominant from the opening whistle to the last as he led his team to the wild 33-31 win. Manning would finish the day 25-38 passing, with 330 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions (that would loom large, as the Giants won the turnover battle 4-0 and still only won by two points).
Mario Manningham and Steve Smith were on the receiving end of twenty of Eli Manning’s dimes, as the duo each recorded ten receptions and went over 130 yards with a touchdown on the day. This was in a way the beginning of what became a stretch of Eli beginning putting up dominant passing numbers on par with the best in the business, as the Giants began to turn the page to a high-powered offense as Eli settled into the veteran years of his career.
Eli went on to win the first four games he ever played in ‘Jerryworld’, as he drove the Cowboys and their eccentric owner absolutely mad along the way, to the delight of Giant fans everywhere.