Giants Are Shut Out by the Cardinals as Eli Manning Sputters


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Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the sideline during the second half of Sunday’s loss. He threw two interceptions and had a fumble returned for a touchdown.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Eli Manning’s first trip to University of Phoenix Stadium was one of the highlights of his career.

His latest was a dud.

Manning committed three turnovers and the sputtering Giants were shut out for the first time since 2014, losing, 23-0, to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

“We didn’t convert on third down or score any points, so I didn’t play well enough,” said Manning, who won the Super Bowl M.V.P. award here in 2008, after the Giants’ dramatic 17-14 upset of New England. On Sunday, Manning was intercepted twice by Antoine Bethea and had a fumble returned for a touchdown.

The Giants (2-13) went through a shake-up three weeks ago, firing General Manager Jerry Reese and their second-year coach, Ben McAdoo. Little, outside of one good offensive half against the Eagles on Dec. 17, has changed for the team under the interim coach, Steve Spagnuolo.

Manning was effective with his short passing game in a 34-29 loss to Philadelphia, completing 37 of 57 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.

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The Cardinals’ Deone Bucannon forced a fumble by the Giants’ Roger Lewis.

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But against the Cardinals (7-8), he labored to get the offense moving against Arizona, which recorded it first shutout in 25 years. Manning threw one interception from midfield while trying to get the ball deep to tight end Evan Engram in the first quarter. He was picked off again in the second quarter on a poorly thrown ball into double coverage.

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