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Giants win despite Manning injury; Coughlin proud

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 29, 2013 at 5:46 pm •  Published: December 29, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Eli Manning, the New York Giants' iron man, finally crumbled.

The durable quarterback who started his 151st straight game was knocked out with a high ankle sprain in his left foot late in the first half of a 20-6 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin and the fans who sat through a steady downpour were stunned to see the durable Manning limp off the field.

"I don't want to see it again," Coughlin said. Manning has the league's longest string of consecutive starts for a quarterback.

There was a silver lining to the rainy day: the injury was a sprain and nothing more serious.

"A guy kind of bent me back, and I kind of got my foot stuck underneath him," said Manning, who finished 10 of 24 for 152 yards, a touchdown and a career-high 27th interception. "I knew it was hurt at the time. I was hoping it wasn't worse and was very happy to hear it was just a sprain."

With rest and therapy, Manning should be ready for next season, which is now months away with the Giants (7-9) out of the playoffs for the fourth time in five years.

Jerrel Jernigan caught a 24-yard touchdown pass and ran 49 yards for another score to lead the Giants to a seventh win in their final 10 games.

"I was proud of the way they stayed together as a team," Coughlin said. "We had good leadership. Our captains did a nice job and they can't do it alone. The attitude and the approach that this team took regardless of some of the very difficult Mondays that we had was very impressive, from the standpoint of maturity and professionalism."

Coughlin refused to address questions about his future.

"Don't ask me that," Coughlin said. "I'm not answering that type of question right now. There'll be an evaluation of everything, and we'll go from there."

Justin Tuck, the star defensive end who might have played his final game as a Giant, voiced support for the 67-year-old Coughlin, who has led New York to two Super Bowl titles.

"I'd be very surprised, shocked," Tuck said when asked about a possible coaching change. "I haven't seen him change one bit in how he had his team prepared and how he prepares."

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