The Eagles-Giants score didn’t have a 59-point explosion. Yet the Eagles-Giants score would have a large impact on the playoff picture no matter how many points were racked up. The winner would have the NFC East lead, and control their destiny for the moment. As for the loser, they would be knocked down to fourth place in the wild card race behind three 7-3 teams. The outcome ultimately knocked New York into that hole, as their 24-17 loss will haunt them in more ways than one.
Philadelphia seemed set to put on another big show early, as Michael Vick rushed for the opening touchdown. New York could barely get the ball moving in the first half, and could have gone down by as much as 28-3 by halftime.
Instead, the Eagles-Giants score stayed close because Philadelphia couldn’t take advantage of big drives this time. The receivers frequently dropped touchdown passes, and, as a result, they could only get two field goals on three red zone possessions.
The Eagles didn’t have any red zone problems against the Redskins, but that came a week after they blew several against the Colts. Those difficulties cost them in the third quarter, as the Giants finally woke up to take a 17-16 lead.
Despite three turnovers, New York had the chance to bury Philadelphia, and erase all of their momentum from last week. Instead, the score was decided on a few rushing plays – but not from Vick. LeSean McCoy put them back ahead with a 50-yard touchdown run before Eli Manning made one final mistake.
Manning converted a fourth-down on a run, but since he went down head first, he fumbled the ball away. After McCoy got another 40-yard run, Philadelphia got a last-second field goal to erase all doubt.
All told, the biggest Eagles-Giants score was 5-2 in favor of New York. Yet that was for the turnover battle, which no team wants to win. Three Manning interceptions, and one very costly fumble, will haunt the visitors – perhaps for the rest of the season.
Two weeks ago, the Giants were 6-2 and talked about as the NFC’s best. Now, they have given away two straight games, and have made fans fear that another second-half swoon is coming. As for the Eagles, they nearly gave away the game themselves, yet they are back at their customary position in first place again.
The score could be a big turning point down the line, depending on how the Giants rise back up. They face Jacksonville next week, while the Eagles get another big test at Chicago.
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