If the Giants had any thoughts about starting rookie Davis Webb on Christmas Eve in Arizona, they definitely don't have any now.
Eli Manning slammed that door shut with an impressive performance against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, and interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo reiterated Monday that the team has no plans to change their depth chart.
Manning completed 37 of 57 passes for 434 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. It could've been more if his receivers didn't have their usual problem with drops.
It wasn't enough to win, as the Giants fell to the NFC-leading Eagles 34-29, but it was enough to convince Spagnuolo that Manning should get at least another start.
"Yeah," he said after Sunday's game. "That's a pretty good assumption."
Spagnuolo had made it clear he preferred the 36-year-old at the helm from the moment he was handed the interim coaching job after Ben McAdoo was fired, but he had been cautious about making any commitment beyond one week at a time. Last week, he even left the door open a crack for Webb to start in Arizona when he said he wasn't sure whether he'd do that or not.
But Spagnuolo has made it clear he's more interested in winning than in getting a look at a rookie who might be the Giants' quarterback of the future -- one that might not include Spagnuolo. So far, he hasn't been ordered by interim GM Kevin Abrams or co-owner John Mara to make a quarterback switch.
Presumably, that's the only way Webb would make a start in the final two games.
As for Manning, this game was by far his best in this miserable 2-12 season. His 434 yards were his highest total since 2015. By the end of the first quarter, he had already eclipsed the amount of yards he had thrown for in two full games this season. In the end, he topped 300 yards for the second time this year -- both times against the Eagles.
"I'm not sure what the difference is other than I know that's him," Spagnuolo said. "We know what he's capable of and that showed today."
And he'll have a chance to show it again next week, which means the only unanswered questions is about who his backup will be. It was again Geno Smith against the Eagles, with Webb serving as the inactive third quarterback. There is a possibility Webb will soon be elevated to No. 2, which would give the Giants a chance to put him in games late.
But Spagnuolo had said he's not sure if there's a lot to gain by doing that, so it's possible Webb will end up inactive for every game this year.