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Giants news, 10/16: Manning, Giants finally finish a game

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New York Giants headlines for Wednesday, December 16.

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Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are some headlines to start your Wednesday.

Manning's motivational push leads Giants to late victory

Eli Manning's historic evening on Monday Night Football was arguably the biggest reason why the Giants were able to avoid another late-game collapse and defeat the Dolphins, 31-24. Manning completed 27-of-31 passes, an 87.1 completion percentage that set a franchise record for a single game (minimum 20 attempts). The former mark of 84.6 percent (22-of-26) was set by Kerry Collins at St. Louis on Sept. 15, 2002. Manning threw for 337 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Odell Beckham Jr., without an interception, and he was not sacked.

"Coach spoke about it and we can’t shy away from what is happening these past few weeks, and hope we don’t get into a close game," Manning said. "The fact is we might get into another close game, we had a fourth quarter and it’s going to be a tight game. This is the way the NFL is, it’s going to be tight in the fourth quarter. You have to make plays, and we have to be excited to make those opportunities. We have a lead and we have to extend it. If we are down, we have to go make plays to win it. I think guys knew we were going to get in those situations and we have to attack it and not shy away from it, and we made those plays tonight."

Manning also stressed the importance of bringing the same type of focus and intensity for the next three weeks as the Giants continue to fight for a playoff spot.

"This is the situation we have to win, and we have to win all the games," Manning said. "We have to stay on track, we have three games left and we have to win all three. It’s going to be tough. This is a short week; we have Carolina coming in and we have to have a great week of preparation and see if we can play well and finish another game."

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