4:15 pm (FOX) - Eagles at Giants
NFC Divisional Playoff Game
Ron Dixon raced 97 yards untouched with the opening
Jason Sehorn made a spectacular catch for an interception
and TD return.
Michael Strahan came up with 2 sacks.
McNabb was sacked a total of six times.
Giants held the Eagles to 46 yards rushing.
Giants are on a six-game winning streak.
The Giants will host Minnesota next week for the
NFC Championship game.
you enjoy this one Gamegirl?
bet! I'm glad I made the effort to get there early,
or I would have missed Ron Dixon's opening kickoff
return. That was really exciting, and a fantastic
start for our playoff game. The crowd was really
up, and boy, did we have a crowd. Everyone was waving
towels to cheer the Giants on, and I only got hit
in the face once or twice. It's great to be a Giants
fan. You know I don't like the cold games, and I'll
be on vacation somewhere warm soon after the Superbowl,
but it actually wasn't that bad for a January game
and for another Giants win."
had that great interception.
me about it! He's some athlete. He's some man! I
thought the refs were going to take it away from
him when they decided to review it. It did seem
strange the way the ball bounced up like it hit
the ground, but it didn't and was a good catch.
In fact it was a spectacular catch and it was a
nice treat when they reviewed the play because we
all got to see it again on the big stadium screen.
My Jason really knows how to play."
you're happy with the results of this game.
I liked the results because we won, and our defense
was very dominant, but when you stop and think,
and look back on it, the offense scored no touchdown
runs and we had no touchdown passes. In fact there
wasn't much passing at all. I guess the offense
did a good job keeping Kerry Collins safe but that
was it. I guess they decided to win this game on
the ground and only pass here and there. When they
did, Kerry passed to the receivers for some good
gains. Every time Tiki ran with the ball I was worried
because of what the Eagles said about going after
his arm. I didn't hear a lot of nice talk around
me when Ron Dayne got the ball, but later on that
changed. There were way too many fumbles of course,
and we can't do that next game."
up - Minnesota.
you sure? Can't we play Philadelphia just one more
time? I really shouldn't get down on the Eagles.
I'm sure they'll manage a split with us one year
or another. OK, so it's the Vikings. It will be
our chance to get even with them for knocking us
out of the playoffs a few years ago. Bring em on!
I'm feeling real good today!"
were looking good from the start of this one.
and we have Ron Dixon to thank for that. It was
a real bad omen when the Ravens beat Tennessee in
the earlier game. That broke the 'home team wins
the game streak' that had been going strong throughout
this whole playoff season, but the Eagles couldn't
break the 'Giants can beat you every time streak'.
Ron Dixon got his kickoff return touchdown in front
of the biggest audience ever inside Giants Stadium,
and the defense couldn't wait to take the field.
They really owned that game from start to finish.
The offense wasn't nearly as impressive playing
to control the ball and to keeping the clock running."
the Giants put the Eagles away.
"Yes, with defense and special teams
accounting for both touchdowns. The Giants defense
of a year ago would be yelling at the offense for
their lack of production, and the Giants will need
a good dose of offense to beat the Vikings next
week. Using Tiki Barber with his broken left arm
in a cast was risky, and the results showed as he
ran for only 35 yards on 15 carries for 2.6 yards
per rush. Those aren't Tiki numbers. Tiki fumbled
the ball once, but so did Ron Dayne and Amani Toomer,
two players with good arms and no casts. The Eagles
fumbled twice. You would think this was a bad weather
game from the stats."
Giants contained McNabb.
said it. In fact, John Madden said it even better.
He said, 'The Giants engulfed everything'. I'm sure
that's how McNabb felt out there. McNabb led the
league's quarterbacks with 629 yards rushing, and
even Kerry Collins came up with the same amount
of yards McNabb had this game. The Giants aggressive
defense forced McNabb to stay in the pocket and
only gave him room up the middle to run, and they
closed down on him fast when he tried that. It says
a lot for the Giants defense. McNabb had a good
first full season as the Eagles starter. He threw
for 3,365 yards and 21 touchdowns, and had six TDs
on the ground. In last week's 21-3 wild-card win
over Tampa Bay, McNabb went 24-of-33 for 161 yards
and 2 TDs and he rushed for 32 yards and one TD.
Despite all this, the Giants had his number."
Eagles had a good season.
all just about every team except the Giants. Against
the rest of the lot, the Eagles were 12-3, and their
three losses were by a combined 8 points. Against
the Giants they were 0-3, losing by a combined 42
points. It all starts over for them next year. Aside
from the 8 games they play home and away against
the usuals, Dallas, Redskins, Cards, and Giants,
they'll play home games against the Rams, Vikings,
Chargers and Raiders. They travel to San Francisco,
Tampa Bay, Kansas City and Seattle. I'm sure the
Giants wish them the same luck next year."
Mitchell is still a mystery.
"He was used sparingly for only two
catches, and still came away with the most receiving
yards this game. The first catch was for an important
first down, and the other was big too. I still don't
get it. Even if he somehow doesn't figure in your
plans for next year, you're still allowed to use
him while you got him. I guess the same holds true
for Joe Montgomery, who never got a handoff even
with Tiki trying to play while protecting his broken
the Giants get respect now?
don't think the nay-sayers will consider beating
the Eagles every game we play them, as much of a
big accomplishment. The way we keep teams in the
game doesn't help. We gave the Eagles every chance
to come back in that game, including a blocked punt.
It will take a well played, well balanced game and
a win against Minnesota to get all the respect we
need on the way to the Superbowl."
Giants - Kerry Collins 12-19 for 125 yards, 0 INT,
0 TD 1 sack.
Eagles - Donovan Mcnabb 20-41 for 181 yards, 1 INT,
1 TD 6 sacks.
Giants - Ron Dayne 17-53, Tiki Barber 15-35, Kerry
Collins 8-17, Amani Toomer 1-6, Greg Comella 1-2,
Ike Hilliard 1-minus 1.
Eagles - Brian Mitchell 3-18, Donovan Mcnabb 5-17,
Chris Warren 6-11.
Giants - Ike Hilliard 3-35, Tiki Barber 3-13, Pete
Mitchell 2-47, Amani Toomer 2-23, Ron Dayne 1-4,
Greg Comella 1-3.
- Charles Johnson 5-53, Torrance Small 4-39, Brian
Mitchell 3-27, Chad Lewis 3-27, Chris Warren 2-14,
Luther Broughton 1-13, Na Brown 1-4, Cecil Martin
Giants - Jason Sehorn 1 for 32 yards.
Giants - Ron Dixon 2 for 119, Ike Hilliard 1 for
Eagles - Brian Mitchell 5 for 125.
Giants - Amani Toomer 5 for 34, Ike Hilliard 1 for
Eagles - Brian Mitchell 1 for 2.
Eagles - David Akers 30.
Giants - Tiki Barber, Ron Dayne, Amani Toomer.
Eagles - Torrance Small, Donovan Mcnabb.
Giants - Cedric Jones, Dave Thomas.
Eagles - Damon Moore, Hollis Thomas, Mike Bartrum.
Giants - Michael Barrow 10-1-0, Jessie Armstead
6-3-0.5, Cornelius Griffin 4-0-1.5, Jason Sehorn
4-0-0, Michael Strahan 3-1-2, Sam Garnes 2-2-0,
Shaun Williams 3-0-0, Emmanuel Mcdaniel 2-1-0.5,
Dave Thomas 2-0-0, Ryan Phillips 1-1-0, Cedric Jones
0-2-0, Keith Hamilton 0-2-0.5, Ryan Hale 1-0-1,
Brandon Short 1-0-0.
Eagles - Jeremiah
Trotter 8-4-1, Barry Gardner 8-2-0, Carlos Emmons
5-4-0, Troy Vincent 6-2-0, Damon Moore 5-1-0, Bobby
Taylor 4-0-0, Mike Caldwell 3-1-0, Corey Simon 3-1-0,
Hollis Thomas 3-0-0, Bryan Dawkins 2-1-0, Paul Grasmanis
2-1-0, Mike Mamula 1-0-0, Brandon Whiting 1-0-0.
Giants - 112
Eagles - 46
Eagles - 140
Time of Possession
Eagles - 23:51
- TD, RON DIXON 97 YD KICK RETURN (BRAD DALUISO
KICK), 14:43. New York 7-0.
NYG - FG, BRAD DALUISO 37 YD FG,
14:55. New York 10-0
NYG - TD, JASON SEHORN 32 YD INTERCEPTION
RETURN (BRAD DALUISO KICK), 1:40. New York 17-0
PHI - FG, DAVID AKERS 28 YD FG, 0:26. New
NYG - FG, BRAD DALUISO 25 YD FG, 8:41. New
PHI - TD, TORRANCE SMALL 10 YD PASS FROM
DONOVAN MCNABB (DAVID AKERS KICK), 1:56. New York
Head coach Jim Fassel
wins his first playoff game.
The Giants are 9-0
against the Eagles under head coach Jim Fassel.
The last time the
Giants beat an opponent 3 times was the Redskins
Ron Dixon's kickoff
return for a touchdown was the first time they returned
a game-opening kickoff for a TD since 1966, and
only the 15th in their 76-year history.
Ron Dixon's touchdown
return on the opening kickoff was the Giants' first
ever in postseason.
It was the first
in the playoffs since Miami's Nat Moore ran one
back against Oakland in 1974.
The 78,765 announced
attendance represented the largest crowd ever to
see a Giants game at Giants Stadium.
will play the Minnesota Vikings at Giants Stadium
on Jan 14, 12:30 PM, FOX.