San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers fires a pass during the Chargers 24-16 victory over the Oakland Raiders in a NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 in San Diego. Rivers was 16 for 25 for 249 yards in the victory. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Philip Rivers calls it "one of those little sidebars."
Really, though, it'll be the featured event when Rivers and his San Diego Chargers face Eli Manning and the struggling New York Giants on Sunday at the Meadowlands.
Manning was drafted by the Chargers in 2004, then traded to the Giants within an hour for Rivers and a handful of picks that San Diego ended up spending on kicker Nate Kaeding and outside linebacker Shawne Merriman.
Manning went on to lead the Giants to a Super Bowl upset of the Patriots two seasons ago. Rivers is still trying to get to his first Super Bowl.
The Chargers are rejuvenated after wins over AFC doormats Kansas City and Oakland. The Giants have lost three straight, including Sunday's 40-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.