It was an ovation fit for Eli Manning.
Manning walked off the field at MetLife Stadium under resounding applause and appreciation in what potentially could be his final start with the Giants. As the Giants maintained a 16-point lead in the dying moments of the fourth quarter, head coach Pat Shurmur elected to take Manning out of the game in favor of Alex Tanney.
It was a move so Giants fans could have one last moment to express their gratitude to their franchise quarterback. With his parents Archie and Olivia in attendance, Manning embraced his teammates and acknowledged the Giants faithful, who reciprocated with chants of "Eli Manning!"
Manning made his first start at MetLife Stadium since Sep. 15. He completed 20-of-28 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Miami. His three interceptions didn't matter to the crowd. He walked into the tunnel with a final wave as he continued to be serenaded.
"They've been wonderful," Manning told CBS following the game. "Glad to give them a couple of Super Bowls to cheer on. Appreciate them all these years. I appreciate them coming out today and cheering us on ... They were cheering all day from the first snap until the end. I appreciate them always."
"We've had some tough days, tough afternoons," Shurmur told reporters, via SNY. "This is a good one. I think (Manning) and all of the guys in the locker room will enjoy this. He kind of jumped. We asked him to speak. The last phrase of his speech was, 'See you Wednesday.'"