PHILADELPHIA, PA – the Philadelphia Eagles snapped a 22-22 tie on kicker Jake Elliott’s 43-yard field goal, giving them a much-needed 25-22 win over the New York Giants.
The Eagles win, their fifth in a row over their division rivals, all but ended the already slim playoff hopes by the Giants. who at one point in the game had a commanding 19-3 lead only to see it slip away in the second quarter.
While credit is due to the Eagles for fighting back, the Giants didn’t exactly help themselves this week, leaving at least five points off the board. On their opening score, New York strangely went for the 2-point conversion rather than kick the extra point because, as Shurmur explained after the game, he felt good about their chances.
“We got a penalty that put us on the 1-yard line. That’s why I liked our chances of getting it there. I think we had a guy running wide open. So, we just didn’t convert it. I think at that point, it makes sense from the one [yard line]. I was just feeling it."
Then on the play before kicker Aldrick Rosas hit a 25-yard field goal, Giants quarterback Eli Manning tried to force a ball into triple coverage to receiver Odell Beckham Jr., totally ignoring a wide open Saquon Barkley who had enough for the first down.
On that play, Shurmur also took responsibility for the mishap, saying that the Eagles were in a soter defense than expected, though he added that Manning, who finished 36 of 37 for 297 yards and a touchdown, should have checked it.
That pass was picked off by Eagles safety Malcom Jenkins, a play which ultimately served as the turning point in the game.
Speaking of Barkley, the rookie ran for 94 yards on 9 carries in the first half and caught six of 7 targets for 37 yards and a touchdown.
But for reasons known only to head coach Pat Shurmur, the Giants moved away from the running game, giving Barkley just four more touches on which he picked up just 7 yards.
Shurmur cited the penalties and two sacks as the reason for the team getting away from the run in the third quarter, but the Giants only gave up two sacks and of their four penalties in the second half, one was on the defense and the other was declined.
The Giants jumped out to a 13-0 lead on Barkley’s 13-yard touchdown reception and two field goals of 25 and 51 yards by Rosas. The Eagles made it 12-3 on Elliott’s 42-yard field goal, and then swapped touchdowns with the Giants, with Barkley scoring on a 51-yard run and then tight end Zach Ertz coming up with a 15-yard reception to make it 19-11 at the half.
The Eagles then would start the second half scoring 11 unanswered points which gave them a 22-19 lead for the first time it he game, that happening in the fourth quarter. Rosas’ 29-yard field goal tied it up at 22 before Elliott’s death kick sealed the deal for the Eagles.
The season appears over for Giants punt returner Quadree Henderson, who suffered a fracture in his shoulder fielding a punt in the first half. … Tight end Evan Engram dressed but did not play in the game due to a tweaked hamstring suffered in pregame warmups. … Edge rusher Olivier Vernon was flagged for another roughing the passer infraction, his second in as many weeks and his fourth penalty in as many weeks. Vernon, who also narrowly avoided being called for a facemask, now has four penalties for the season.