With 400 passing yards Thursday, Manning could also become the second player in NFL history to follow a 500-yard passing performance with a 400-yard game (Tom Brady, 517 yards in Week 1, 2011; 423 yards in Week 2, 2011).
Should Eli go off Thursday, he'll have to do it without Hakeem Nicks, who is out with a sore foot.
Phil Simms (1985) was the first and only NFC player to have back-to-back 400-yard passing games until last season. Last September, Cam Newton, Eli's opposite number in Thursday's game, become the second.
The players in NFL history to record consecutive 400-yard passing games:
|PLAYER||TEAM||CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 400 PASSING YARDS|
|Dan Fouts||San Diego Chargers||12/11/82 vs. 49ers (444)||12/20/82 vs. Bengals (435)|
|Dan Marino||Miami Dolphins||12/2/84 vs. LA Raiders (470)||12/9/84 vs. Colts (404)|
|Phil Simms||New York Giants||10/6/85 vs. Cowboys (432)||10/13/85 vs. Bengals (513)|
|Billy Volek||Tennessee Titans||12/13/04 vs. Chiefs (426)||12/19/04 vs. Raiders (492)|
|Matt Cassel||New England Patriots||11/13/08 vs. NY Jets (400)||11/23/08 vs. Dolphins (415)|
|Tom Brady||New England Patriots||9/12/11 vs. Dolphins (517)||9/18/11 vs. Chargers (423)|
|Cam Newton||Carolina Panthers||9/11/11 vs. Cardinals (422)||9/18/11 vs. Packers (432)|