After 210 consecutive starts with the New York Giants, quarterback Eli Manning will ride the bench while Geno Smith starts in Week 13.
This was a decision Manning had some say in. He declined to start in order allow Smith and rookie Davis Webb to have some time under center, noting the streak was pretty pointless if the idea was to get the young guys involved anyway.
The Giants are currently 2-9 and must figure there is not much to lose by experimenting with Smith and Webb.
As we can imagine, this breaking news has sparked all kinds of reactions on Twitter. There’s the laughs, the tears and of course, the fantasy football fallout.
Eli Manning has started every Giants game since Nov. 21, 2004, a streak of 210 consecutive games. Streak ends Sunday, 87 games short of Brett Favre’s record.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 28, 2017
McAdoo: "This is not the end of Eli in New York.:
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) November 28, 2017
The Giants are starting Geno Smith over Eli Manning????!!! pic.twitter.com/e1GxjhQLDI
— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) November 28, 2017
TFW Eli Manning is benched for Geno Smith pic.twitter.com/HJVHhLzcEp
— Yahoo Fantasy Sports (@YahooFantasy) November 28, 2017
— Blake Bortles Facts (@BortlesFacts) November 28, 2017
Rt if your qb didn’t get benched for Geno Smith in 2017
— Lee (@Nelson81) November 28, 2017
David Amerson when he finds out Geno Smith is starting: pic.twitter.com/veTf73fbjh
— Ted Nguyen (@RaidersAnalysis) November 28, 2017
Eli Manning benched for Geno Smith? Oh yeah…this will end well. pic.twitter.com/lemgtTNdsc
— Amber Lee (@blamberr) November 28, 2017
So glad we’re facing Geno Smith & not Eli. We’ll need all the help we can get w/Crabs out & Coop hurt.
— edub (@ronkzilla) November 28, 2017
Wait… So Geno Smith is starting on Sunday…. breaking Eli streak. Ben bumAdoo….. why break the street? Let Eli play a series then take him out YOU BUM OF A COACH
— CinemaSensei (@Nickluvin4) November 28, 2017
Ben McAdoo needs to be fired today. Right now. If he's benching Eli Manning for Geno Smith. Insanity. @Giants ownership this is despicable.
— Jake Emen (@ManTalkFood) November 28, 2017
"Eli Manning has been benched for Geno Smith." A sentence I didn't think was possible
— René Sharp (@renersharp) November 28, 2017
Geno Smith starting over Eli Manning?! If McAdoo and Reese aren't fired this year, I'm gonna jump this burning ship and become a fan the damn Jacksonville Jaguars or something stupid. pic.twitter.com/dpKRl8mDRH
— Mike (@nawalafunk) November 28, 2017
Everyone who drafted Geno Smith in their Fantasy League, the day has finally arrived! Here's your chance to stick it to your so-called friends and make that final push into the playoffs…#EliManning #NYGiants #FantasyFootball #GenoSmith
— Torrance TD McClellan (@TorranceMcClell) November 28, 2017
— Mike Riggall (@CoachRiggall) November 28, 2017
— Bombers Beat (@bomberbeat2) November 28, 2017
Geno Smith will be Colin Kaepernick's exhibits A-Z on his day in court. Why not just sign Ryan Leaf while we're at it.
— Alex Dreier (@AlexDreier) November 28, 2017
GENO SMITH IS STARTING FOR THE GIANTS AND KAEPERNICK IS STILL OUT OF THE LEAGUE!!! 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/43Ck8oMPkU
— Daniel G. Flaherty (@DFlare11) November 28, 2017
I am so mad. Now when I go to the Skins game I get to see Geno and not Eli? I would understand if you want to see what Webb has going into the draft. This is just terrible. #EliManning
— Oil Country (@OilCountry1) November 28, 2017
Super Bowl Eli Manning with Tom Coughlin again omgggg Eli is going to FEAST https://t.co/dR5Jpfs7cy
— chicklit (@GeechiiOnEm) November 28, 2017
The @Giants should fire McAdoo WAY before benching Eli for Geno Smith. As a lifelong Giant fan I am appalled.
— NoahMillman (@noah_millman) November 28, 2017
The Giants hit the road in Week 13 to play the Oakland Raiders. Buckle up, because this looks to be a bumpy ride.