Report Card: A defeat with two D's
Eli Manning passed for 309 yards and two touchdowns and had the Giants in position to steal the game at the end. Manning was hit but the offensive line surrendered no sacks. Victor Cruz and Domenik Hixon came up with some big catches. But Manning threw a costly interception in the end zone from the 10-yard line to start the fourth. And he attempted a pass for Ramses Barden toward the end zone which resulted in an offensive pass interference. While Barden drew two other pass interference calls on the Eagles to keep the final drive alive, the final one forced Lawrence Tynes to have to try a 54-yard field goal.
Ahmad Bradshaw returned for the first time since injuring his neck against Tampa Bay but the Giants' running game was shut down. Bradshaw gained 39 yards on 13 carries. Andre Brown, the running sensation for the past two games in Bradshaw's absence, gained only 14 yards on five carries. The Giants could never get the ground game going against a stout Philadelphia defense. Brown needs to get more carries.
The Giants held Michael Vick to 241 yards passing and one touchdown and did so while losing Kenny Phillips to injury with an already depleted secondary. But they only hit Vick three times, sacked him twice and failed to get an interception. Vick came into the game having been sacked nine times and intercepted six times. DeSean Jackson scored a touchdown and had six catches for 99 yards but Prince Amukamara did a nice job on Jeremy Maclin, who had one catch for seven yards. Brent Celek did beat the Giants for four catches for 57 yards and some first-down catches.
The Giants started smothering LeSean McCoy, who had just two yards at halftime. But they lost containment and McCoy and Vick exposed the edges for big gains on the outside. McCoy ran for 121 yards in the second half, including 32 yards on the drive that resulted in the Eagles' game-winning field goal. Vick added 49 yards as the Eagles rushed for 191 yards total. The Giants did stop the Eagles inside their own 2-yard-line twice in the second half. But the Eagles held the ball for 10:28 in the fourth quarter, mostly by running over the Giants.
Tynes missed the would-be game-winning field goal from 54 yards out. His career-high is from 53. He did make a 25-yarder. David Wilson was electric, returning six kickoffs for 217 yards, including returns for 53 and 45 yards in the second half. He had a 48-yard return in the first half brought back for holding, though. The Giants have something with Wilson. Steve Weatherford punted five times and had a net average of 35.8 but the Eagles only had one punt return for three yards and that's good considering the history between these two teams.
The defense could have done a better job of containing McCoy and Vick in the second half on runs. And the Giants certainly could have played for a field goal at the end instead of throwing for Barden which resulted in a pass interference. Still, the Giants were in this one at the end and nearly stole a divisional game in probably the most hostile environment in the NFC East.