With Peyton Watching, Eli, Giants Bomb

Younger Manning throws four INTs in blowout loss to Vikings
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2007 6:59 PM CST
Minnesota Vikings safety Darren Sharper (42) crosses the goal line for a touchdown with New York Giants' Reuben Droughns, left, and Chris Snee in pursuit after Sharper intercepted a pass by Giants quarterback...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – It was deja vu for Eli Manning today, who provided Minnesota all the offense it needed, throwing four interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns. The four picks in the 41-17 Giants loss tied his career high, set against these same Vikings just two seasons ago. Meanwhile, opposing quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was good enough while throwing only 12 passes.

The loss will likely raise questions about the Giants' ability to finish the season strong, writes The New York Times. The team, now 7-4, has dropped two of three since a six-game winning streak. Manning wasn't alone in ineptitude: Reuben Droughns, filling in for injured RB Brandon Jacobs, scored for the Giants but ran for only 46 yards, and the NY defense gave up a long TD pass on the game's second play to a QB who only had thrown two this year.