David Carr had a text waiting for him after the Giants’ loss to the Saints on Monday night. It was from his brother Derrick, who is now the quarterback at Fresno State.
“He told me: ‘Don’t let your boy get so close to your record, one of your only two records in the NFL,’” Carr said today. And of course, the Giants’ backup quarterback had to think. Naturally he went immediately to the record for which he is most widely known.
“I was like ‘Well, he didn’t get sacked 100 times.’”
No, Eli Manning did not come close to Carr’s record of 76 sacks in one season. But he did come close to another of his marks. Manning completed 21 straight passes in the game, one shy of the 22 Carr had against the Bills in 2006. While that isn’t a record – Donovan McNabb (moment of silence) had 24 straight in a single game – Manning’s streak was the longest since Carr’s.
“No one said anything on the sideline,” Carr said. “Even when I did it in Buffalo we didn’t know until after the game. You know it was a lot of passes, but when they told me it was 22 or whatever I didn’t even realize it. I’m just trying to find completions.”
Carr said his streak came in a similar situation to Manning’s. The Texans fell behind early and tried to fight back. The Bills were playing a lot of zone coverage, trying to keep everything in front of them.
And one other similarity: The both lost.
“You’d rather have the W,” Carr said.
Manning's streak, which began late in the second quarter and lasted late in the fourth quarter, is the sixth longest in NFL history because the league actually counts streaks that span two games. But it did set a team mark.
The previous Giants record of 13 in a row was set by Phil Simms at Cincinnati on Oct. 13, 1985 and tied by Kerry Collins on Sept. 10 and 17, 2000 (at Philadelphia and Chicago). Manning’s previous best was 12 in a row at Atlanta on Oct. 15, 2007.