Eli Manning met with boos at Qualcomm Stadium
Sunday’s events proved that the city of San Diego’s hatred for Manning still hasn’t lost its intensity. In Manning’s second career-game at San Diego, there were still a reasonable amount of New York Giants fans travelling to see Sunday’s contest. However, Manning was greeted on the field at Qualcomm Stadium to a loud chorus of boos. The boos followed him through the opening drive of the game to several other intervals – and leading to the end of the game.
It began when the Giants quarterback first stepped on the field and only stopped after he handed the ball to running back Andre Brown, on the first play. But after losing some intensity for a few seconds, the Chargers fans regained their motivation to boo Manning when the opposing side went into the huddle. Then following a pair of punts, the Chargers fans gained some fervor and went after Manning again as he was picked up by Shareece Wright during the first quarter – for his 19th interception of the season. A chant of “Eli Suck” sprung up from near the press box, but it eventually died within a few seconds.
There was an occasional anti-Manning banner in the crowd as well, while a Chargers fan even made a huge dolled-up Manning cutout – a.k.a. “ShEli” – that was proudly showcased in the endzone during the game. While the Chargers can’t seem to forget Manning’s betrayal, the two-time Super Bowl MVP recently confessed that he can’t even remember why he didn’t want to play for the team in the first place.
“I forgot, I think. I just can’t remember, it’s been 10 years. It slipped my mind,” Manning said, via the Star-Ledger. “Ten years ago, I don’t know. I can’t remember.”
“I have nothing against San Diego as a city,” Manning continued. “We had our rookie symposium there and besides that, we’ve had a few other things, I know it’s a beautiful city and great weather. There’s a lot of great things to it.”
Before their Week 13 matchup, Manning was winless in all of his career games against the Chargers. Now he can update that record to 0-3 after the Chargers crushed the Giants’ playoffs dreams in 37-14 blowout on Sunday.