Eli finally beats Vikings, Texans fall short

December, 14, 2010
12/14/10
4:46
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Quick hits from Monday’s games:

Eli Manning
Manning
In his 100th consecutive start (now the second-longest active streak by a QB), Eli Manning was finally victorious against the Minnesota Vikings. Manning entered Monday night 0-4 against the Vikings. Eli, and his brother, Peyton, are the only active quarterbacks in the league who have made at least 100 consecutive starts.

But Eli didn't have the greatest of starts, throwing two interceptions in the game. He leads the NFL with 19 interceptions, and has seven games with at least two interceptions this season, also a league-high.

The Vikings became the third team since 2000 to have their home game relocated, joining the New Orleans Saints in 2005 and the San Diego Chargers in 2003. All three teams lost in their relocated home game.

As far as the Vikings go, much of the blame can be placed on a run defense that was uncharacteristically poor Monday. The Vikings allowed 213 yards rushing to the Giants. The last time the Vikings allowed more than 200 yards rushing was on October 2, 2005 against the Atlanta Falcons.

While the Baltimore Ravens had everything seemingly under control through three quarters, the Houston Texans rallied to force overtime against the Ravens, only to lose on the first overtime pick-six since the 2005 season. The loss was the Texans' first December home loss since 2006. Houston scored on its last five possessions in regulation, including long touchdown drives on its final two.

The Texans' 99-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter was the longest in team history. They became just the second team this season to put together a 99-yard touchdown drive. In Week 9, the Atlanta Falcons marched 99 yards on 10 plays for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

And for the second time in as many weeks on Monday night, a team put together consecutive 90-yard touchdown drives. The Texans followed their 99-yard touchdown drive with a 95-yard drive. A week prior, the New England Patriots followed a 93-yard touchdown drive with a 94-yard touchdown drive against the New York Jets.

Joe Flacco
Flacco
Baltimore's Joe Flacco continued his steady play of late. With two touchdowns and no interceptions Monday, Flacco now has 16 touchdowns with just two interceptions in his last eight games.

Both of Flacco's touchdowns were to Derrick Mason. It was Mason's first game with multiple touchdowns since the final game of the 2003 season.

After struggling in shotgun formations through his first 12 games, Flacco completed more than 70 percent of his attempts out of the shotgun Monday, including seven of his last eight and both of his touchdowns. The Texans entered Week 14 having surrendered an NFL-high 13 touchdown passes out of shotgun in this season.

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