It was Eli Manning’s ankle that had him hobbling and in a boot Monday, but one couldn’t blame him if his shoulders were sore as well — worn out from shouldering the blame of a horrible season, for both himself and his Giants.

Everybody from owner John Mara and GM Jerry Reese to Manning himself acknowledged he needs to play better after the worst season of his career. And even though Reese said everybody is on notice and would be evaluated, he added Manning is still elite physically, and Mara said he’s still the face of the franchise.

“He did not have a good year. He’d be the first one to tell you that. But he had a lot of company,’’ Mara said. “With Eli, sometimes he tries to do too much. He competes so hard and has so much confidence in his ability to get the ball into certain areas that unfortunately he makes mistakes sometimes. But I still have every confidence in him. He’s the face of the franchise. We have to help him.’’

The Giants didn’t help keep him upright, the line letting him get battered and eventually hurt as he suffered a high ankle sprain in the finale. He left MetLife Stadium on crutches Sunday and addressed the media Monday with a boot on his right foot.

“I need to play better and … in certain games I didn’t play as good as I needed to win. Some games were just tough and we got outplayed, but I can definitely improve. I need to and I will,’’ said Manning, who turns 33 Friday but pointed to older brother Peyton throwing for NFL records of 55 TDs and 5,477 yards.

“That’s with Peyton having his best year of his career at 37, so I know I can get better. I can make improvements. I can play at a high level and improve my game these next years and get back to making the playoffs and winning championships.’’

Despite Manning’s career- and NFL-high 27 interceptions and lack of timing with his wideouts, Reese said he still physically looks like an elite quarterback.