Manningham sees no reason to celebrate
December, 19, 2010
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
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On day when many wondered how the Giants would respond to life without Steve Smith, Mario Manningham provided an answer.
Manningham had two first-half touchdowns and finished with eight catches for 113 yards in the Giants' 38-31 collapse against the Eagles.
Afterward, he saw no reason to celebrate his accomplishments.
"I don't feel nothing. It doesn't matter to me. How many times I score, it doesn't matter," Manningham said. "I'm not that type of guy to be pointing to myself. … We lost the game. I'd rather have no catches and [have] wins. I'd be happier than I am right now."
Manningham put the Giants on the board with a 35-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. He broke free on the play after getting tangled with Eagles CB Dimitri Patterson, whom he torched all afternoon.
In the second quarter, Manningham caught a short pass from Eli Manning on the left sideline on a first and 10 from the Eagles 33. Manningham immediately spun away from Patterson, hip-faked his way past Quintin Mikkel inside the 10 and ran into the end zone. Lawrence Tynes' extra point gave the Giants a 14-3 lead.
"We didn't finish and [we allowed] ourselves to get in the position in the fourth quarter," Manningham said. "We got in the position to break away but we didn't execute well. It was just a bad fourth quarter. We have to bounce back next week."
Manningham was limited in practice during the week with a hip flexor injury he suffered against the Vikings last Monday. The Giants needed healthy and productive Manningham on Sunday because they were withouth Smith, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Vikings.
Manningham was seen limping out of the locker room late Sunday but insisted that his hip was pain-free.
"That's just how I walk," he said.
O'HARA'S FOOT OK, BUT HIS PRIDE IS HURT: Giants center Shaun O’Hara, who returned to the field after a sitting out six weeks with a right Lisfranc injury, said after the game that he felt sore, which was to be expected. But, obviously, the veteran Giant was hurt more by the fact that the Eagles rallied from 21 down in the fourth quarter and stole a game from the home team.
"We knew [the foot injury] was going to get sore and that certainly happened," said O'Hara, who was part of a Giants offensive line that allowed two sacks. "When you're winning it feels good. But it really started hurting when that clock went to 'triple zero.' I think the emotional hurt right now is worse than the physical hurt."