Eli Manning leaves game against Redskins with ankle injury

Redskins defensive end Kedric Golston (64) hits Giants'

Redskins defensive end Kedric Golston (64) hits Giants' quarterback Eli Manning (10) who throws a pass during the first half the game in East Rutherford, N.J. (Dec. 29, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Not even ironman Eli Manning could finish this season.

The Giants’ quarterback left the game with an ankle injury late in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Redskins at MetLife Stadium. The injury occurred on a first-and-10 pass in which Manning was pressured by Chris Baker, took a hit after he threw an incompletion, and rolled over his left ankle.

Manning remained on the field for one more play, but it was clear that he was severely limited by the injury. He took a snap, could barely drop back, and threw a flat-footed pass towards Brandon Myers. The ball was tipped into the air and intercepted by Josh Wilson with 48 seconds left in the half. Manning limped to the sideline and straight into the Giants’ locker room for evaluation.

The injury occurred in a game in which Manning was celebrating his remarkable ability to avoid injury. With Redskins linebacker London Fletcher retiring after the game, Manning was to become the NFL’s active leader in consecutive games started. Sunday was his 151st straight regular-season start.

Backup quarterback Curtis Painter took over in the second half for the Giants.

Manning wasn’t the only offensive player to limp to the locker room in the second quarter. A series earlier Hakeem Nicks blazed that path. Nicks, who has not caught a touchdown this season, was flagged for offensive pass interference in the end zone against DeAngelo Hall and rolled his ankle on the play, which was incomplete. The Giants also ruled Rueben Randle out early in the game due to a knee injury that had flared up during the week.

Manning’s final game of the season ended with him completing 10 of 24 passes for 152 yards, a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jerrel Jernigan, and the interception on his last pass. That gave him a team-record 27 interceptions on the season. It also meant that Manning’s first and last passes of the 2013 season were intercepted.

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