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  • Writer's pictureDominic Konareski

A Look At Geno Smith's First (And Only) Start As A New York Giant

Updated: May 18, 2023

DEC. 3, 2017, Geno Smith took the field of the Oakland Coliseum as the starting quarterback for the New York Giants. As Smith came out of the tunnel he was greeted by screaming Giants’ fans who made the 3,000-mile trip for the week 13-matchup.

Geno Smith was making his first career start as a New York Giant after the team benched their two-time Super Bowl champion QB, Eli Manning after he brought the team to a losing record of 2-9.

Eli Manning was made aware that Smith would replace him during the game, most likely around the second quarter. Manning then told head coach Ben McAdoo to start Smith instead of having him replace Manning mid-game. This was mainly due to the fact that Smith had not played a single full game in over two years.

With that Geno Smith got the start in which he would go on to throw for 202 yards and a touchdown that was tainted by two loss fumbles, leading the Giants to a 24-17 loss.

The next day McAdoo and Giants GM Jerry Reese were fired. Eli Manning was then reinstated as the starting QB with Geno Smith moving back to the bench. Smith would never end up playing another game in a Giants uniform and would not end up starting in another NFL game for almost four years.

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