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anything to say about your favorite player Jason Sehorn?
"Oh boy, I know
what you mean, they'll be talking about that play for a long
time. You should have seen everyone in the stands. First everyone
was thrilled because Jason stops the Eagles drive with his
first interception, and next he's tossing the ball around.
It looked like the Eagles were going to get it back in the
endzone, but luckily that didn't happen. I don't know what
Jason was thinking. It cost us a safety and 2 points, and
put the Eagles offense back on the field for another try at
us. Luckily we won the game so everyone will kind of laugh
it off, but it could have been a different story by the time
all was said and done."
Do you think
Fassel should have pulled Graham when he did?
"Oh yes, he was
struggling out there. Normally Kent's real good with the ball,
but he had three interceptions, and a lot of his passes were
going high. He was losing control and needed to be yanked.
All the drives were ending up with turnovers.
Collins wasn't amazing out there, but he had a lot of rust
to shake off. The Eagles seemed excited to have sent Graham
to the bench, and they put a lot of pressure on Collins right
away. He fumbled the ball once when he got sacked, but then
got used to the pressure. There was a nice screen pass to
Charles Way that went for a lot, and Hilliard caught one that
I know was more than 25 yards.
I guess there's going to be a lot of talk about swapping quarterbacks
the way things worked out. The bad part is that no matter
who we're playing, or if the running game is working and passes
are being completed, points just don't seem to make it onto
the scoreboard. Coach Fassel is supposed to be an expert in
this area, but it's just never working.
The Giants started the game with an exciting drive, and then
they couldn't score after that. You wonder if Fassel is too
much of a nice guy, and can't keep the team motivated for
very long. I don't know what the problem is. How did Dallas
and Arizona end up?"
that game 35-7.
"OK - I was curious,
because both of the teams I was watching today, the Giants
and the Eagles, end up playing those two teams next week.
It sounds like we got the easier one, though nothing ever
seems easy for the Giants these days. Anyway, at least we
ended up with a win, and it was real lively in the stadium
with all the turnovers and quarterback switching and all.
The Giants always make it exciting, though not always for
the right reasons."
"You can say
that again, but that's why we're Giants fans. The Eagles were
kind of lost after the first three games, and another team
would have just blown them away.
It would be a boring Sunday afternoon, but the Giants want
to give you your money's worth. It was one of those typical
rollercoaster Giants games that had all kinds of things going
started with an opening drive that mostly featured passes
to Toomer, supplemented by runs from our returning running
back, Gary Brown.
Graham had a 17-yard pass to Toomer to Philadelphia's 46 when
they were facing a 2nd and 16. Then Brown gained 3 and then
4 yards, and on the 3rd and 3 things looked bad as Graham
dropped back from the collapsing pocket, but he hit Toomer
again with a 13 yard pass for a 1st down at the Eagles 27.
Graham throws incomplete to Mitchell and they blitz him on
the next play, but he finds Toomer again for 8 yards, and
on the 3rd and 2, everybody knows the ball is going to Gary
Brown and still he comes up with the 2 yards and even more.
Brown runs for 11 to the Philadelphia 8 where he fumbles the
ball just to give you one of those roller coaster feelings,
but it rolls out of bounds.
Now Gary Brown gets strung out on the next play for no gain,
and on 2nd and 10, Graham holds onto the ball for what seems
like way too much time, as the Eagles probably have 5 guys
shadowing Toomer at this point, and even though Toomer deserves
to get the TD, Graham finds Hilliard instead.
The extra point makes it 7- 0 off the opening drive, Kent
Graham is 4 for 6 for 47 yards and a TD. The running game
is working, the passing game is working, and after a few small
bumps, you're almost to the top of the first hill on your
to get what you mean.
the next thing that happens is things slow down just a bit
as you hit towards the peak. Daluiso kicks it way out of the
endzone, there's not even a return and the Eagles are 3 and
out. After a nice 19 yard return by Tiki, the Giants go 3
and out, and we've just nudged up to the top of the hill.
Now the Eagles have the ball, take it to 3rd and 10, and they
hit Torrance Small and make the 1st down. OK, so no big deal,
but Staley breaks one for 6 yards. The Giants put lots of
pressure on QB Doug Pederson, but he breaks free and they
face a 3rd and 4 and the Giants let Staley pick up the first
down that first hill now right?
"Yeah, and picking
up speed real fast, because, Pederson hits a wide open receiver
for a big gain while Sparks pulls a holding call. We're like
'Rolling Thunder' on our ride now, because the Eagles throw
towards the endzone, but Sehorn leaps up and intercepts it!
He tries to run forward but there's nothing there, and instead
of going down with the ball, he flips it towards Percy Ellsworth.
Sehorn must have thought he was on some kind of offseason
athletic ESPN wacky world of sports competition to have done
that, because now the ball is loose!
Fassel is on the sidelines, also stuck on this rollercoaster
ride, first seeing the Eagles drive stopped by the interception,
and then seeing everyone on the field playing rugby with the
football on his 2 yard line.
Phillippi Sparks recovered it in the endzone, and the Eagles
nail the Giants for a safety and 2 points.
Oddly, now the last two scores for the Eagles came to them
from safties, spanning the last two games. Anyway, because
of the safety, the Eagles get to have the ball again. Another
odd thing, is that I don't recall hearing Sehorn's name mentioned
after that. Maybe he was so afraid to face Fassel, he ran
off to the other sidelines and hid for the rest of the game.
On the next series,
the Eagles try a few stunts on the Giants defense, but Strahan
doesn't bite because as we all know now, this is going to
be his big day, and the Eagles are forced to punt. Tiki unwisely
decides to let the ball go by him on the return, and you watch
as the eager Eagles surround the ball and down it on the 9.
Not much happens for the Giants on the first two tries, and
on a 3rd and 6 Kent Graham throws a slant pass to David Patten
that's intercepted by cornerback Bobby Taylor and returned
18 yards for a touchdown. Suddenly, the Eagles end up leading
the Giants 9-7 at the end of the 1st quarter."
ride is not going to stop.
"You got that.
Patten gives the crowd a scare as he fumbles the return. The
Eagles pick it up, but the ball is ruled down.
On this series you get lifted up by a big 28 yard run by Brown,
a nice 3rd down catch by Toomer for a first down, and then
you're slammed by Graham's interception off Joe Jurevicius'
The Eagles have it on their own 24 yard line and the Giants
let them slowly get to the NY 38, and Percy Ellsworth can't
stand them chipping away like this, so he intercepts QB Pederson's
Everyone, including Jim Fassel, holds his breath hoping that
Jason Sehorn didn't give Percy any special instructions as
he runs it from the NY15 to the NY30 for a 15 yard return.
The Giants struggle
on this series as suddenly the Gary Brown thing becomes inconsistent.
It's all up to Graham, and the pocket's breaking down a lot
as he passes to Pete Mitchell for 8, is incomplete to Hilliard.
Brown reels off 9 yards. They surprise the Eagles by giving
the ball to Way, and he gets 7.
The confused Eagles pull an offsides penalty but then stop
Brown for a 5 yard loss. Graham passes to Joe Jurevicius at
the Eagles 21 for a big 26 yards, and you're on top of another
rollercoaster hill that comes down fast, because Jurevicius
lets Mamula swat the ball, and he fumbles it back to the Eagles
at their 17.
The Eagles don't get far and the Giants get it back to start
their drive at the NY 26 with 2:17 left, and Graham hits Mitchell
for 12 right before the 2 minute warning. Working from the
shotgun, Graham mixes it up with short passes to Barber and
longer ones to Hilliard ( 21 yards), and Toomer (10 yards).
The refs don't like one of Tiki's catches and slow the Giants
drive down as the play was reviewed, but the decision stands
Graham can't find anyone open, so he rushes for 14 and the
Eagles get an illegal contact penalty. The Giants are on the
Eagle 5 with 41 seconds left. For some strange reason, they
don't use Gary Brown or Charles Way here and two passes go
incomplete to Jurevicius and Hilliard. You're zooming down
a rollercoaster hill again, as the Giants burn their last
timeout and Graham gets sacked at the Eagles 12 and fumbles
but recovers it at the Eagle 18.
It's 4th down now and the clock is running down and confused
players, including Graham, are running all over the place,
and it looks like for all the world, the Giants are not going
to get the kicking team on the field in time enough for a
4th down FG attempt. Your heart is in your mouth from this
first half ride that looks about to end with the Eagles up
Unfortunately for the Eagles, Mike Mamula was injured and
they were forced to take an injury timeout with 10 seconds
The Giants had time to set up for Daluiso's go-ahead field
goal just before halftime, and left the field winning 10-9
amidst lots of booing from the fans who expected more at this
hurt that the Giants got so close but couldn't score a TD.
"Right, and they
never did for the rest of the game. It was all field goals
after that, and I'm taking us off this rollercoaster now,
even though there are more 'thrills'.
The Giants chewed up almost 8 minutes on the next series.
Toomer caught a 25 and an 8 yarder. Brown ran for a 9 and
a 7 yarder. On a 4th and 1 inch, Graham kept the ball and
went over the top to make the first down, loosing the ball
momentarily as he did so.
Later in the same drive he took off up the middle for 7 yards
to the Eagles 15 and fumbled. The suddenly sure handed Tiki
Barber picked up the ball and got the first down.
They give it to Brown twice and it's 3rd and 5 on the Eagles
8 yard line when Kent
Graham passes incomplete to Patten from the shotgun, but gets
leveled on the play. He was on the ground for a while, probably
wondering why he's getting QB backup pay for taking QB starter
The Giants had to settle for a Brad Daluiso 25 yard field
goal to lead 13-9.
The Eagles didn't do
much with it, but Landeta punts it 47 yards while Tiki watches
it get downed at the to NY 2. Now Graham, under a lot of pressure
down by the goal line, feeds it to Charles Way for 2 yards,
then Brown for 1 yard, then passes incomplete to Hilliard.
There was Defensive Pass Interference, but Luke Petitgout
was also called for holding and the offsetting penalties resulted
in a do over.
Graham's next pass was intended for Mitchell but was intercepted
by Jeremiah Trotter at the NY13."
it for Graham.
"Yes, it was,
and Strahan puts a 9 yard sack on McNabb to kill any thoughts
they might have about getting a TD out of this.
Still, the feisty McNabb sees no one open on the next play,
and takes it up the middle to get pushed out of bounds at
NY8, after a 13 yard gain.
It's still 4th and 5, and the Eagles come away with a FG,
and now it's Giants 13, Eagles 12, and Kerry Collins goes
in with 3:11 left on the clock..
The Eagles are excited
that they have knocked Graham out of the box, and realize
that the way things are going, they could actually win their
first game of the season.
Collins, without much playing time under his belt and with
lousy pass protection, struggles just like Graham and goes
three and out.
The next Eagle possession
is stopped when Sam Garnes forces a fumble from Staley, which
is recovered by Keith Hamilton at the Eagles 32, and Collins
has another shot. Kerry feeds one to Brown, then gets sacked
for minus 11 yards and fumbles it back to the Eagles at their
Eagles QB McNabb starts his drive as the quarter ends, and
continues it, into the 4th quarter. He moves the Eagles to
the NY9, and on 3rd and 7, Strahan comes up big and nails
McNabb from behind, so the Eagles settle for the FG, and a
are losing 15-13 with 12:37 left in the game.
"Yes, and Collins shows that he has the right stuff on
this drive which included passes to Hilliard for 28, and Way
for 16. They get down to the Eagle 18. Kerry passes to Howard
Cross for 3, to Hilliard for 6 yards, and of course they can't
get anywhere on the 3rd and 1 as a tiring Brown loses a yard.
Daluiso's 23 yard field goal makes the score Giants 16, Eagles
The Eagles can't move the ball on their series. Collins does
better on his next series including a 32 yard pass to Toomer,
but he pulls a questionable intentional grounding penalty
which the refs called kind of late and that cost the Giants
a chance for an insurance field goal.
The Eagles have 3:37 left to do something, but McNabb gets
sacked first by Strahan, and then again by Jessie Armstead
on the 3rd down.
That about did it as the Giants killed the last 1:51 to win
Collins finished 6-for-12 for 86 yards."
On interceptions -
Percy Ellsworth had his third of the season and Jason Sehorn
got his first since 1997.
Toomer had a career day with eight receptions for 123 yards.
He has 24 catches for 333 yards this season, on track to break
his career highs set last year, at 27 catches and 360 yards.
Tackle Keith Hamilton
knocked down two passes and recovered a fumble.
The Giants had 5 sacks,
3 by defensive end Michael Strahan, and 2 by linebacker Jessie
Where did Sehorn go
- The Eagles
threw mostly to Phillippi Sparks side and did not challenge
Sehorn much after that interception.
The Giants 5 turnovers
were their most since they committed 5 in a 24-17 loss to,
who else, but the Eagles on Dec. 3, 1989.
The Eagles offense has
now gone three straight games, a total of 15 quarters overall,
without scoring a touchdown.
The Eagle quarterbacks
combined for 9 for 22 passing for 113 yards and 2 INTs.
Ex-Giants punter Sean
Landeta averaged 49.6 yards on 7 punts for the Eagles.
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