Eli Manning Spreads the Ball as the Washington Redskins Fall

Josh BermanCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 21:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants drops back to pass against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on December 21, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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"Manning throws to the corner...Touchdown!, Derek Hagan...the former Dolphin, who never caught on in Miami, responds to the Washington touchdown."

That was the call, for the 23 yard touchdown to Hagan, last night on ESPN.

The touchdown, Eli's second of the game, and Hagan's first as a Giant, is a testament to Eli's stellar performance last night.

Not that he threw for an amazing amount of yards, but more that the team came together and put the final nail in the, "oh no we lost Plaxico and Toomer, what are we going to do", coffin.

I'll say this again as I've said it many times; the Giants are going to be fine without them.

Now, they have finally proved it.

Eli spread the ball well, throwing for three touchdowns for the second straight game. In fact, he hit 10 receivers in his 19 completions.

He hooked up with; Smith, Nicks, Manningham, Hixon, Boss, Bradshaw, Jacobs, Beckum, Pascoe, and Hagan.


Yup, Bear Pascoe—tight end. He is and un-drafted free agent out of Fresno State, making his second game appearance with the G-Men. He started one of those games.

So technically three tight ends caught passes in this game; Beckum counts.

Bottom line, Eli and his gang of no-bodies have been tearing it up quietly all season, and now we can finally bury the notion that they won't make it.

Steve Smith has the most receptions in the entire NFC. That's right, even more than Larry Fitzgerald. He also has broken the single season franchise record for receptions, over who other than, Amani Toomer.

On top of that, Hakeem Nicks leads all rookie wide receivers in yards, with 751. Not to mention he leads in plays of 40 yards or more, with five, which shows his big play ability. He is second in touchdowns with six.

Manningham has also been productive as a number three pass catcher.

In the end, the Giants have always been able to find someone to throw to this season.

They don't need gun-toting, trouble-making, club-going, touchdown-catching, Super Bowl winning, Eagles destroying, Plaxico.

And they don't—as much as we may miss him in general—need a sturdy handed, perfect route running, reliable, and all around stand up guy in Amani Toomer.

The Giant have finally replaced them and are all the better for it. 

Now can we please stop talking about Plaxico? And only talk about Amani in nostalgic ways?

Please and thank you!