Michael Eisen of Giants.com reported on Friday that quarterback Eli Manning will be heading to the Pro Bowl on Jan. 31. According to ESPN's Dan Graziano, the New York Giants signal-caller will replace injured Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) at the exhibition game.
Manning earned his fourth Pro Bowl nod after putting up one of the best seasons of his 12-year career.
The Giants congratulated Manning on Twitter:
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#Giants QB Eli Manning has been named to the Pro Bowl! MORE INFO: https://t.co/odz2kgiyZX https://t.co/fSBYnfgFEz1/22/2016, 10:09:02 PM
Manning threw for a career-high 4,436 yards and 35 touchdowns while limiting his interceptions. After leading the league in 2013 with 27 interceptions, Manning has thrown 14 in each of the last two seasons.
He had one of the games of his life in a losing effort against the New Orleans Saints in Week 8, throwing for 350 yards and six touchdowns. That game was one of five in which Manning threw at least three touchdown passes.
If not for the defense's late-game inadequacies, Manning could have led the Giants into the postseason this year. Instead, New York slumped to a 6-10 finish in a weak NFC East.
Much of his success had to do with the arrival of Ben McAdoo, who became the team's offensive coordinator before the 2014 season. Manning flourished under McAdoo's West Coast offense, and the team rewarded McAdoo by naming him its new head coach after Tom Coughlin resigned.
ESPN Stats & Info delved further into Manning's resurgence under McAdoo:
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With Ben McAdoo as offensive coordinator, Eli Manning has thrown shorter, more accurately and more efficiently https://t.co/1akee5JukS1/14/2016, 8:15:29 PM
The signal-caller has created a lethal partnership with teammate and fellow Pro Bowler Odell Beckham Jr., who continued to electrify the league during his second season in the NFL.
The wide receiver, who will be one of four Pro Bowl captains, made some history of his own this year thanks to Manning, per the Giants:
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Odell Beckham Jr. = most receiving yards through 2 season in NFL HISTORY! #GiantsPride https://t.co/COc3BkuUco1/3/2016, 8:16:10 PM
At 35 years old, Manning has earned recognition for his turnaround over the past two seasons. The two-time Super Bowl MVP might be inching toward the twilight of his career, but his numbers suggest otherwise after a big 2015 season.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.
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