How Eli Manning won


It took a little longer than expected for Eli Manning to break Phil Simms' career record for touchdown passes by a New York Giants quarterback.

Giant Steps
Notes from Win

But Manning was back to something resembling the form with which he had great success in the early part of the season.

After a three-week touchdown drought, he led the Giants to a dominant win over the Green Bay Packers.

What are the three things that Manning did best, based on our advanced statistical review?

Threw the ball inside: Manning succeeded in hitting his receivers on throws in between the painted numbers. He was 10-for-16 for 182 yards with all three of his touchdowns on those throws.

Manning was able to complete throws inside the numbers at a similar rate (61 percent) during his slump, but he failed to net big gains on those throws, averaging 10.6 yards per completion.

The three touchdown throws helped his touchdown-to-interception ratio. Entering the game, he had seven touchdowns and five interceptions on those passes in 2012.

Third-down success: Manning had been mediocre on third down in the three games prior to this one, completing 12 of his 29 throws, with a pair of interceptions. But on Sunday night, he was near perfect. Manning went 6-for-7 for 82 yards and three touchdowns on third down.

The three third-down touchdown passes matched his career-best for a regular season game. He also completed the feat against the Carolina Panthers in 2006.

Shotgun: Manning was 8-for-10 for 92 yards and three touchdowns on his throws out of shotgun. He had gone 38-for-70 in it over his previous three games, with three interceptions and six sacks.

Elias Stat of the Day: Manning now has 200 touchdown passes, one more than Simms did in his Giants career. Manning is the fourth-quickest to 200 touchdown throws among active quarterbacks (132 games). Eli's brother Peyton Manning got there fastest, in 106 games.