Excerpt: "Eli Manning and Philip Rivers will be forever linked by the 2004 Draft in which Manning was taken No. 1 overall by San Diego and Manning was selected fourth by the Giants.
Before the draft, Manning said he wouldn’t play for the Chargers and then-Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi pulled off a draft-day deal to acquire Manning.
The Giants got Manning. The Chargers received Rivers, a 2004 third-round pick (K Nate Kaeding), a 2005 first-round pick (LB Shawne Merriman) and a 2005 fifth-round pick (traded to Tampa Bay for OT Roman Oben).
The trade appears to be a win-win for both sides.
This will be just the third meeting between the pair, with Rivers holding a 2-0 advantage.
Over the course of their careers, Rivers has a slight statistical edge but Manning has the hardware." Read more...