Mon Oct 28, 9:00 pm (ABC)
- Giants at Eagles
lose to the Eagles 17-3.
Kerry Collins was 20-34 for 251 yards.
Jeremy Shockey had 6 catches for 69 yards.
Tiki Barber had 15 carries for 79 yards.
Ron Dixon had 2 catches for 43 yards.
McNabb ran for 111 yards and 1 TD.
Duce Staley gained 126 yards on 24 carries.
The Eagles won
"The Eagles probably would have taken this game anyway, but it sure seemed like they got some help from the refs here and there. It
was a game all the way through the middle of the fourth quarter. Even though the Eagles were running on us all all the time, the score was really close, and I was hoping against hope that
the Giants could pull it out.
They had that one good drive that ended at the Eagles 1, when Stackhouse fumbled the ball out of the endzone. It would have put us up 10-9. Then later on another, the Giants were moving the
ball real good and got to the Eagles 13 yard line when everything started to go wrong. It's not surprising. It's just the way things go when the Giants play the Eagles."
McNabb and Duce Staley sure had good games.
"That Donovan McNabb is really something. He does so much, it's like having two players on the field for just one position. The Giants closed down McNabb's passing game, and so
the Eagles took what they could. They were able to run the ball and they just kept doing it. Maybe the Giants needed more help up front to stop the run. I don't know if that would have worked
out or not, but maybe it would have been worth a shot.
Still, when you think about it, all that running didn't put a lot
of points up on the board for the Eagles. It just kept the ball
out of the hands of the Giants. When they got it, they should have
made it count."
So why did the Giants lose?
one thing, playing without Keith Hamilton means that teams can now
run at you. Having Michael Strahan still recovering from back pain
means that you can only rush the passer for about half the game
until it acts up. Having Jeremy Shockey with a bad toe, means that
you can't take advantage of using him as much as you really need
to. Having newer players with talent like Shockey, Stackhouse and
Dixon and Legree means maybe you have a future, but maybe not a
present. Mistakes like missing assignments, making fumbles and drawing
extra penalties hurt in these close games, and rookies tend to make
Eagles are 5-2.
"Yes, they've pulled away from the pack. They have already beaten the Redskins, 37-7, and the Cowboys, 44-13. So now they are 3-0 against
their division rivals and they won't face any of them again until the final three weeks of the season. Right now the Eagles are top dog, and it's like McNabb said in an interview,
'In the past couple of years, you had to go through New York in order to win the NFC. Last year, we sort of reversed that a little bit. Whenever these two teams play, no matter what the record
is, it is going to be an exciting battle.'
He was right. It was an exciting battle, and this loss really hurt the Giants chances. The Giants do have a slightly easier schedule coming up compared to the Eagles, so we'll have to see
where things are at the next time they meet."
Giants offense is suffering.
"One less mistake or break here and there and it wouldn't have seemed so bad. I don't know that the Eagles got their revenge on Jeremy Shockey for the things he said, but
the refs sure did. Shockey had 6 catches for 69 yards, but he drew 3 penalties, including the one for taunting.
Anyway, the defense held the Eagles to 17 points which was good considering that they usually average around 31 a game. The Giants offense usually comes up with about 14, and only came up
with 3. It was a strange game where the Giants didn't get a lot of chances with the ball. Maybe they'll do better with some of the pressure off next week because they don't face a division
|Tiki Barber 15-79, Matt Allen 1-13,
Ron Dayne 4-11, Delvin Joyce 1-1, Kerry Collins 1-MINUS 1.
|Kerry Collins 20-34 for 251 yards,
0 INT, 0 TD.
|Tiki Barber 5-92, Jeremy Shockey 6-69,
Ron Dixon 2-43, Amani Toomer 2-16, Charles Stackhouse 2-16,
Marcellus Rivers 1-8, Delvin Joyce 1-5, Ron Dayne 1-2.
|Brandon Short 8-5-0, William Peterson
6-1-0, Omar Stoutmire 5-1-0, Will Allen 4-1-0, Michael Strahan
4-2-, Kenny Holmes 3-0-1, Dhani Jones 3-0-0, Michael Barrow
2-6-, Shaun Williams 2-3-0, Marcellus Rivers 2-0-0, Lance Legree
1-2-0, Byron Frisch 1-0-0, Jason Sehorn 1-0-0, Kevin Lewis 1-0-0,
Matt Mitrione 1-1-0, Damon Washington 1-0-0, Cornelius Griffin
0-1-0, Frank Ferrara 0-1-0.
|Duce Staley 24-126, Donovan McNabb
7-111, Dorsey Levens 5-33, Brian Westbrook 3-29.
|Donovan McNabb 14-30 for 137 yards,
0 INT, 0 TD.
|James Thrash 7-69, Duce Staley 2-37,
Todd Pinkston 3-20, Cecil Martin 1-6, Antonio Freeman 1-5.
|Troy Vincent 7-0-0, Corey Simon 5-0-0,
Blaine Bishop 4-0-0, Levon Kirkland 3-3-0, Ike Reese 3-1-0,
Carlos Emmons 3-1-0, Brian Dawkins 3-1-0, Brandon Whiting 2-0-0,
Shawn Barber 2-3-0, Darwin Walker 2-0-2, Michael Lewis 2-1-0,
Keith Adams 1-0-0, Paul Grasmanis 1-2-0, Hugh Douglas 1-0-0,
Dameane Douglas 1-0-0, Brian Westbrook 1-0-0, Bobby Taylor 0-2-0,
N.D. Kalu 0-1-0, Lito Sheppard 0-1-0.
|Missed Field Goals
|David Akers 50
| First Quarter
EAGLES - FIELD GOAL(12:52)
Play: DAVID AKERS 27 YD
NEW YORK - FIELD GOAL (2:05)
Play: Matt Bryant 26 YD
EAGLES - FIELD GOAL(9:37)
Play: DAVID AKERS 36 YD
EAGLES - FIELD GOAL(14:17)
Play: DAVID AKERS 35 YD
EAGLES - TOUCHDOWN (6:54)
Play: DONOVAN MCNABB 40 YD RUN (DONOVAN
MCNABB PASS TO CHAD LEWIS FOR TWO-POINT CONVERSION)
|Total Net Yards
| Total plays
| Average gain
|Net Yards Rushing
| Average per rush
|Net Yards Passing
| Yards per pass
| Had intercepted
|Time Of Possession
Matt Bryant has
made all 11 of his FG attempts this season.
Bryant is two short of tying the NFL rookie record for consecutive
FGs to start a career (Kris Brown, 1999 with Pittsburgh).
Matt Bryant is the NFL's only perfect field goal kicker with more than one attempt.
Giants in six seasons under coach Jim Fassel, are 3-10-1 in prime-time games, including 1-6 on Monday nights.
Giants are only 2-6 against
the Eagles in prime time, including 1-6 on Mondays. Their last Monday
night victory over Philadelphia was Oct. 2, 1972, 27-12.
It was the first Monday
night game at the Vet since 1998. The Eagles are moving to the new
Lincoln Financial Field next season.
Giants WR Ike Hilliard left
the game after dislocating his shoulder on a late hit by All-Pro
safety Brian Dawkins in the third quarter.
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