The statistics will show that Eli Manning completed 31 of 45 passes against the Dolphins today. But that can be broken down even further. He was 31-for-44 right-handed, 0-for-1 left-handed.
Yes, Manning threw a pass left handed, flipping a ball (barely) forward in the third quarter to avoid a sack and getting it just enough towards D.J. Ware to avoid a grounding flag. It was the fourth left-handed pass he’s throw in his career, and he if 2-for-4 when he goes southpaw.
Manning first threw a pass left-handed on Sept. 14, 2008 in St. Louis, where he completed a two-yard throw to Jacobs while being wrapped up by defensive end James Hall. On Sept. 26, 2010, his lefty attept to Kevin Boss in the end zone was intercepted by Tennessee cornerback Jason McCourty. On Nov. 21, 2010 in Philadelphia, Manning, tied up by the Philadelphia rush, flipped a sidearm left-handed pass to Ahmad Bradshaw for a two-yard gain in the third quarter.
This was his first left-handed attempt this season. It may have seemed risky, but Manning said otherwise.
“I think it was pretty safe,” Manning said. “Just kind of a throwaway. I saw the back, I couldn’t throw with my right, someone was holding it, so I tried to just kind of get it to him. I didn’t try to put it in a bad situation or throw it way down the field. It was more of a throwaway than anything.”