NFL: Giants bench Eli Manning, will start Geno Smith

Eli Manning
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning walks off the field during the second half against the Washington Redskins on Thursday.
(Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

Eli Manning is not going to be the starting quarterback for the New York Giants for the first time in more than 13 years.

Tears welled in Manning’s eyes talking to reporters and his chin quivered when asked about how much it hurt.

The Giants announced Tuesday that Geno Smith will start in place of Manning when the Giants face the Raiders in Oakland on Sunday.

Coach Ben McAdoo gave the 36-year-old Manning the option of starting to keep his streak of 210 consecutive starts alive, but the two-time Super Bowl MVP declined.


McAdoo said the organization needed to learn more about Smith and rookie third-round draft pick Davis Webb in the final five weeks of the season.

He refused to say if this was the end of the Manning era with the Giants.

Manning’s streak is the second-longest by a quarterback in NFL history, behind Brett Favre’s 297.

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