Dec 30, 1:00 pm (FOX) - Giants at Eagles
| Game 15
The Giants almost pull it out on the last play.
Michael Strahan had 3 1/2 sacks.
Strahan broke Lawrence Taylor's single season team record of 20 1/2 sacks.
Kerry Collins was 22-of-39 for 301 yards and 1 TD.
Ron Dayne had a 16-yard TD run.
Tiki Barber was the leading receiver with 10 catches for 87 yards.
Amani Toomer had 3 catches for 67 yards, and 1 TD.
This game went down to the wire.
"It was a real battle, and my Giants almost pulled it off on the last play. It's too bad Ron Dixon got caught from behind and was tackled on the 4 yard line. I thought we had them, but the Eagles came up with that quick score after we went ahead. I sure wish Jason Sehorn was able to play. His detractors can say what
they will, but the secondary gave up way too many big plays to the Eagles. Jason was sorely missed in this game."
Ron Dayne detractors are also on notice.
"Right, Dayne had a 16-yard touchdown run today, and he also had a big run for a touchdown last week against the Seahawks. I guess we'll all have to wait and see how it all turns out."
Big plays were the name of this game.
"They were. The Giants got 4 big sacks on McNabb, but he threw 3 touchdown passes. The Giants went for two points for the first time this year and made it. The Giants flea-flicker play was good for a touchdown. The Giants picked up 76 yards on that last play of the game. McNabb hit their tight end Chad Lewis for some big plays, and come to think of it, we did pretty good throwing
to our tight end, Dan Campbell. Say, maybe there's a lesson here for both teams - throw to the tight ends!"
The Giants need to win next week just to finish at 8-8.
"It's too bad. There were a lot of blown chances throughout the year, but like they say, it's hard for a team to repeat coming off the Super Bowl the year before. I guess next week's game doesn't mean too much, but I'll still be a lot happier if we win it."
The Giants are out of it.
"The way they put it is 'McNabb threw 3 touchdown passes, David Akers kicked a 35-yard field goal with 7 seconds left, and the Philadelphia Eagles clinched their first NFC East title since 1988 with a 24-21 victory over the New York Giants'.
They almost had to take that back, because with 7 seconds left, the Giants nearly took it all away on the very next play. If there were just a few more seconds left, the Giants would have had a first down at the 4 yard line, and the Eagles could have been worried about winning against Tampa Bay next week instead of celebrating today."
Both teams played hard.
"They made a good game of it. The Giants looked lost in the first half, and overall were 3-13 on 3rd-down efficiency, but still the Eagles weren't much better with 5-13. Did you notice that 28 points of today's game came all in the fourth quarter? Actually, that was part of the problem. The Giants shouldn't expect to
win letting the Eagles score twice in the last 2 minutes of the game."
It was a high scoring game.
"Considering the first meeting ended up with a 10-9 score, and the Giants were up against the team that has given up the least points in the NFL, it was high. All the Giants needed was a little better defense at the end of the game to put it away, or maybe just a little more luck on that last trick play of the game."
Giants - Kerry Collins 22-39 for 301 yards, 0 INT, 1 TD.
Eagles - Donovan Mcnabb 21-39 for 270 yards, 1 INT, 3 TD.
Giants - Tiki Barber 16-71, Ron Dayne 8-59, Kerry Collins 1-minus 1, Amani Toomer 1-minus 10.
Eagles - Donovan Mcnabb 6-48, Correll Buckhalter 8-32, Duce Staley 8-23, James Thrash 1-10.
Giants - Tiki Barber 10-87, Amani Toomer 3-69, Ike Hilliard 3-19, Dan Campbell 2-31, Greg Comella 2-9, Joe Jurevicius 1-18, Marcellus Rivers 1-8, Ron Dixon 0-60.
Eagles - James Thrash 7-143, Chad Lewis 7-74, Freddie Mitchell 2-30, Todd Pinkston 2-23, Duce Staley 2-minus 1, Cecil Martin 1-1.
Net yards rushing
Giants - 119
Eagles - 113
Net yards passing
Giants - 289
Eagles - 241
Giants - Omar Stoutmire (1-24)
Eagles - Brian Mitchell (5-125)
Giants - Tiki Barber (4-50)
Giants - Tiki Barber
Eagles - Donovan Mcnabb
Opponents Fumbles Recovered
Giants - Michael Barrow
Eagles - Damon Moore
Time of Possession
Giants - 30:20
Eagles - 29:40
Giants - Michael Barrow 4-5-0.5, Jessie Armstead 5-2-0, Michael Strahan 5-1-3.5, Sam Garnes 5-0-0, Will Allen 5-0-0, Kenny Holmes 2-2-0, Brandon Short 3-0-0, Emmanuel Mcdaniel 3-0-0, Cornelius Griffin 2-0-0, Will Peterson 2-0-0, Shaun Williams 1-1-0, Dewayne Patmon 1-0-0, Keith Hamilton 0-1-0.
Eagles - Jeremiah Trotter 12-3-1, Carlos Emmons 4-3-0, Troy Vincent 6-0-0, Brian Dawkins 3-2-0, Derrick Burgess 3-1-0, Damon Moore 3-0-0, Mike Caldwell 2-1-0, Hugh Douglas 2-1-1, Corey Simon 2-0-0, Ndukwe Kalu 1-1-0, Brandon Whiting 0-2-0, Bobby Taylor 1-0-0, Paul Grasmanis 1-0-0.
Eag - TD (6:11) Play: Chad Lewis 5 Yard Pass From Donovan Mcnabb (David Akers Kick) Drive: 9 plays, 72 yards in 4:35 Key Plays: • McNabb 31-yard pass to Lewis to New York 41 • Thrash 10-yard run to New York 36 • McNabb 15-yard pass to F Mitchell on 3rd-and-5 to New York 21 • McNabb 9-yard pass to Lewis to New York 12 PHILADELPHIA 7-0
NYG - TD (2:26) Play: Amani Toomer 60 Yard Pass From Kerry Collins (Morten Andersen Kick) Drive: 1 play, 60 yards in 0:11 Key Plays: • Barber 17-yard punt return to New York 40 NY GIANTS 7, PHILADELPHIA 7
NYG - FG (12:22) Play: Morten Andersen 25 Yard Drive: 8 plays, 43 yards in 3:56 Key Plays: • Dayne 30-yard run to Philadelphia 20 • Collins 7-yard pass to Hilliard on 3rd-and-5 to Philadelphia 8 NY GIANTS 10-7
Eag - TD (0:49) Play: James Thrash 57 Yard Pass From Donovan Mcnabb (David Akers Kick) Drive: 1 play, 57 yards in 0:08 Key Plays: • R Williams 27-yard punt to Philadelphia 43 PHILADELPHIA 14-10
NYG - FG (6:16) Play: Morten Andersen 32 Yard Drive: 12 plays, 58 yards in 5:27 Key Plays: • Collins 18-yard pass to Jurevicius to Philadelphia 43 • Collins 15-yard pass to Barber to Philadelphia 27 • Barber 10-yard run to Philadelphia 17 PHILADELPHIA 14-13
NYG - TD (12:17) Play: Ron Dayne 16 Yard Run (Tiki Barber Run For Two-Point Conversion) Drive: 9 plays, 81 yards in 4:51 Key Plays: • Collins 20-yard pass to Campbell to New York 29 • Collins 11-yard pass to Campbell to New York 40 • Collins 10-yard pass to Barber to New York 49 • Barber 23-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to Philadelphia 28 NY GIANTS 21-14
Eag - TD (13:11) Play: Chad Lewis 7 Yard Pass From Donovan Mcnabb (David Akers Kick) Drive: 6 plays, 67 yards in 0:54 Key Plays: • 8-yard pass interference on Giants' Short to Philadelphia 41 • McNabb 15-yard pass to F Mitchell to New York 44 • McNabb 32-yard pass to Thrash to New York 7 NY GIANTS 21, PHILADELPHIA 21
Eag - FG GOAL (14:53) Play: David Akers 35 Yard Drive: 7 plays, 54 yards in 0:51 Key Plays: • McNabb 25-yard pass to Thrash to New York 46 • McNabb 9-yard pass to Pinkston to New York 37 • McNabb 4-yard run on 3rd-and-1 plus 5-yard delay of game penalty on Giants' Strahan to New York 28 • McNabb 11-yard run to New York 17 PHILADELPHIA 24-21
Michael Strahan had 3 1/2 sacks, giving him 21 1/2 for the season.
He broke Lawrence Taylor's single season team record of 20 1/2 set in 1986.
Mark Gastineau holds the NFL record with 22.
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