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Eli Manning doesn’t think Giants fans are booing him

St. Louis Rams v New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants is sacked by Chris Long #91 of the St. Louis Rams at MetLife Stadium on September 19, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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As Eli Manning struggled early in Monday night’s game against the Rams, Giants fans booed. But Manning cheerfully said after the game that he thinks those boos must have been meant for the Rams.

“I didn’t hear any of it -- you’re out there just concentrating and trying to figure what the defense is doing and how you can attack it and make some plays,” Manning said. “I thought they were booing someone else.”

I hate to be the one to break it to Eli, but those boos weren’t for someone else. When the Giants’ first drive ended with a Manning interception, those boos were for Manning. And when four of the Giants’ next five drives went three-and-out, those boos were for Manning, too.

But give Manning credit for eventually settling down and having a decent game, completing 18 of 29 passes for 200 yards, with two touchdowns, as the Giants beat the Rams. Giants fans weren’t booing at the end.