OAKLAND — It had been one of the most surreal Sundays of his 14-year career, and when it was over, Eli Manning walked through a tunnel leading out of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and into an uncertain future. His right arm dragging a roller bag, his head held high, the New York Giants’ newly deposed starting quarterback strode into the Northern California twilight and said, essentially, that the sun would come up tomorrow.
“I’m making it,” Manning told me, mustering a faint grin in the wake of a 24-17 defeat to the Oakland Raiders that dropped his team to 2-10 and put second-year head coach Ben McAdoo’s job status onto even shakier ground. “Today was kind of what I expected. The toughest parts were earlier in the week. I think, by now, it had kind of sunk in.
“I wanted to be there for my teammates and for my team and do my best to try to help us win a ballgame.”
On this day, that meant suiting up as the Giants’ second-string quarterback — ending a 210-game consecutive starts streak that ranked second in NFL history, behind only Hall of Famer Brett Favre — and wearing a black headphone in his right ear.
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