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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
East Rutherford, NJ – The New York Giants lost to the Philadelphia Eagles by the score of 17-10 on Sunday night. The Giants offense didn’t do much of anything especially in the first half. The defense which was good for most of the game deserves some blame also as they couldn’t stop the Eagles when they needed too. The Eagles had a 18 play 80 yard drive in the fourth quarter which became the winning drive of the game.
Vince Young who was making his first start of the season for the injured Michael Vick was 23-36 for 258 yards and two touchdowns. He did throw three interceptions. Eli Manning for the Giants was 18-35 for 264 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Giants running game which hasn’t done much all season was especially bad in this game. Brandon Jacobs had 12 rushes for 21 yards, Da’Rell Scott had two rushes for 11 yards and D.J. Ware had three rushes that gained no yards. Victor Cruz was the leading receiver with six catches for 128 yards and a touchdown. Hakeem Nicks had three catches for 69 yards, Ware had two catches for 17 yards and Ramses Barden had one for 13 yards. Jake Ballard also had one for 13 but he dropped a couple of other catches that really hurt the Giants. Lawrence Tynes made his only field goal attempt.
Lesean McCoy was the leading rusher for the Eagles with 23 rushes for 113 yards. Chad Hall had two rushes for 11 yards and Ronnie Brown had one rush for six yards. DeSean Jackson was the Eagles leading receiver with six catches for 88 yards. Riley Cooper who hadn’t caught a pass all season had five catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. Brent Celek had six catches for 60 yards, Steve Smith had one catch for 14 yards and a touchdown and Jason Avant had one catch for 13 yards. Alex Henery made his only field goal attempt also.
The Eagles defense was all over Manning and they had the Giants off balance all night. The Giants offense really couldn’t get anything going. The Giants defense was good for the most part but Young looked really good on the last drive which was the winning one. The Giants have seen him do it before and he didn’t look rusty to them as he drove right down the field on them with the game on the line. The Giants will play at New Orleans next Monday night. The Giants with their 6-4 record are tied for first place with the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles season survived for now, they are 4-6 and will take on the New England Patriots next week.