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6 Best Moments of Eli Manning's Career

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Super Bowl XLVI | Al Bello/Getty Images

With the news breaking on Tuesday that Eli Manning will no longer be the Giants' starting quarterback, plenty of fans expressed excitement and relief that the overdue decision was finally made. However, others took the time to remember some of the great moments in Manning's 16-year career. Let's regale in the highest highs from the two-time Super Bowl champ's highlight reel.

6. 2004: First Game-Winning TD Pass

Only a few games after a string of breakout performances late in his rookie season, Manning's first game-winning touchdown drive was recorded in October 2005. He led the G-Men down the field against the Denver Broncos and connected with Amani Toomer in the end zone with five seconds left in the game. This was the first of 37 game winning drives in Manning's career.

5. 2016: Winning the Walter Payton Award

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04:  Eli Manning and Larry Fitzgerald were named Co-Winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year presented by Nationwide at the NFL Honors at Wortham Theater Center on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
6th Annual NFL Honors - Show | Bob Levey/Getty Images

Despite his legendary success on the field, one can argue that Manning's best achievement was him winning the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 2016. His longevity in New York has as much to do with his off the field character as it does with his statistical success.

4. 2016: Comeback Victory Over vs. Eagles After 17-Point 4th-Quarter Deficit

Before any of his Super Bowl exploits became legend, Eli displayed his clutch gene in 2006 against the rival Eagles. He led the Giants into overtime after the team was down by 17 in the fourth quarter, and even better, Manning connected with Burress for a walk-off touchdown.

3. 2011: Road Playoff Heroics on the Path to the Super Bowl

Manning was excellent in the 2011 playoffs, leading the Giants to three road wins on their run to Super Bowl XLVI. While there were great moments in all three games, perhaps this Hail Mary reception by Hakeem Nicks right before haltime at Lambeau Field how magical Manning was in the biggest moments of his career.

2. Super Bowl XLVI: Manning to Manningham:

Manning's Super Bowl heroics against the Patriots were on display again in Super Bowl XLVI. Again leading the team in a late comeback, he dropped this perfect 38-yard dime to Mario Manningham and shifted the momentum right into the Giants' favor. Manning captured his second Super Bowl MVP award and hoisted another Lombardi Trophy at the expense of New England.

1. Super Bowl XLII: Tyree's Helmet Catch, Plaxico's Winner

The Giants entered Super Bowl XLII as massive underdogs against the undefeated New England Patriots-- but that didn't stop Eli from leading the G-Men to a game-winning drive in the final moments of the game, highlighted by David Tyree's iconic helmet catch. Manning's touchdown connection to Plaxico Burress sealed the legendary 17-14 upset victory.