http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/08/sp...=football&_r=0

"MATCHUP TO WATCH

Eli Manning

vs. Philip Rivers

They will not face each other on the field, but the two top quarterbacks in the 2004 draft will always be compared because they were essentially traded for each other (although the Chargers ended up with two other good players besides Rivers). Ten seasons later, Sunday’s game will give everyone a chance to assess the deal yet again.

Rivers is statistically superior to Manning in most measures, including career passing rating (95.6 to 82) and touchdown passes per game (1.66 to 1.52). But Manning has the advantage in the most important category, with two Super Bowl victories and two Super Bowl Most Valuable Player trophies. Still, until one retires, Giants-Chargers games will remain a chance for an easy appraisal. Manning and Rivers went head-to-head as starters one other time, in 2009, as Rivers led the Chargers to a late rally in a 21-20 victory.

NUMBER TO WATCH

Minus 11

The Giants’ takeaway/giveaway ratio this season. Most of the damage was done during their 0-6 start. The Giants have since gone 5-1, with five more takeaways than turnovers. Their chances of defeating San Diego go way up if they hold on to the ball the way they have recently.

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK

‘I remember Ernie Accorsi making that deal and being 100 percent in belief that this was the right thing to do for our franchise.’

Giants Coach TOM COUGHLIN, on the trade for Manning as orchestrated by Ernie Accorsi, then the general manager."

BILL PENNINGTON