29, 4:00 pm (Fox) - Eagles at Giants
Giants held the Eagles to just 72 yards rushing.
Giants time of possession was an amazing 43:41.
Giants allowed the Eagles only eight 1st downs.
Giants allowed the Eagles just 1 of 11 - 3rd down
Ron Dayne ran for 93 yards and a
Amani Toomer and Joe Montgomery also scored TDs.
Barber had 52 yards rushing and another 71 yards
Giants dominated in this game from the very start.
although it looked like my Giants were up to their
old tricks moving the ball real good, but not putting
up points. They came on strong again on their second
drive and Ron Dayne scored a touchdown. Scoring
slowed down after that even though we were beating
the Eagles all over the place, and it looked like
we were still going to finish the half with only
a seven point lead. Then, and with the Eagles helping
out as much as they could, the Giants picked up
I mean, the Eagles had the ball on their own 4 yard
line, and with something like two minutes and fifteen
seconds left, they didn't work on the clock or try
to improve their ground position. They threw three
incomplete passes and had to punt at the 2 minute
warning. Landeta punted it out of bounds near mid
field, but one of the Eagles pulled a fifteen yard
unsportsmanlike conduct call. The Giants get the
ball somewhere near the thirty-five and just three
plays later, Collins avoids a rush and hits Toomer
with an easy short pass over the middle. Toomer
takes it in for the touchdown. It was exciting to
watch from the stands, and all I can say is, thank
about the defense?
loved them. Even without my Jason playing, they
stopped the Eagles cold. Speaking of cold, it was
real windy and cold, and even started to snow on
us, but it always warms my heart if not my body
to see the Giants defense play the way they can
for us fans. The Eagles were three and out a bunch
of times, and I don't know how many punts they had,
but it seemed like plenty. I'm looking forward to
seeing how our defense does against the Rams offense
in two weeks. Of course, I want Jason Sehorn back
A win takes the edge off the bad weather.
does help, and so would some more points. You know,
if you're a Giants fan you can never figure to leave
early just because you're freezing in your seat.
I saw some fans start to go, and then suddenly,
the Eagles had another one of their good returns
against our lousy special teams that put them at
midfield. In three quick plays, they had a touchdown.
I guess that was just a momentary lapse by our defense
in the fourth quarter, because that was all they
got. Now I don't know if I should root for another
cold, windy day when the Rams come to play. It seems
to work better for the Giants than the opposing
team, but a lot of my fan buddies and I have to
sit through it!"
Montgomery scored a touchdown.
print that. I'm sure it's wrong. No, I'm just kidding,
but I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't see
it with my own eyes. Also, don't tell anyone that
Fassel won a replay challenge. They might not believe
week is Cleveland
they had a rough time of it today losing to the
Bengals, but there are a bunch of ex-Giants on that
team who could get up for a game against us."
is off the hot spot that was building up around
him. He had the offense moving all day and looked
more like himself. He seemed more comfortable with
the offense, even with the dropped balls, and he
completed 22-of-37 passes for 253 yards, his highest
yardage total this season. Just think what the numbers
could be if his receivers were able to hang onto
some of those dropped passes."
passes went Toomer's way, and he came up with 9
receptions for 108 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown
catch. They say he looked great in practice, and
of course he did fine, but it was disappointing
to see him drop some of the ones he did. Like that
3rd and 7 dropped pass in the opening drive, and
he didn't come up with the following crucial 4th
down and 7 play. Still, practice makes perfect I
guess for Amani Toomer, even if some of it comes
during the game, because he did get better with
the playing time.
Toomer bested what he had in the first game against
the Eagles where he had 7 receptions for 80 yards
and a TD. His 9 catches this game ties his career
high, and he's holding the team lead with 36 receptions
for 395 yards and 2 TDs. Hopefully his head is on
straight now and we'll see him on top of his game
for Cleveland next week, and then the Rams the week
that was a real surprise. Fassel worked Dayne so
hard that he threw up on the sidelines, and Tiki
was limping, so Joe was in for the play. Good timing,
but then again, every thing was working for Fassel
in that game, even the replay challange. Fassel
has to keep Joe activated if he plans to use the
running game like he is. There's just too much of
a chance of Tiki or Dayne getting hurt."
is better on replay challenges?
bet, a hundred percent better. He was 0-for-3 on
challenges last year, and 0-4 this year, and he
finally got one. I have to give him credit on a
whole bunch of the others, and I noticed that he
sometimes calls them at the best of time. Last game
he called one where it would have been a good time
to use a timeout anyway, so nothing was lost. This
game, even if he was wrong, the Eagles were starting
to move the ball real good, so it would have at
least broken up their momentum."
teams any better?
"Don't make me laugh. You know the answer to
that one. Tiki Barber had two fumbles on punt returns,
which he recovered. He also recovered the one punt
that bounced off Lyle West, who was blocking in
front of him. Overall, Tiki Barber had 4
punt returns for a total of 2 yards. The game before
Tiki had 1 return for 6 yards. Tiki is a great running
back, but maybe someone else could do better on
Meanwhile, look at what the Giants gave
up. The Eagles Brian Mitchell, returned
3 punts for 57 yards, and had 4 kickoff returns
for 76 yards. It wasn't just him either, because
Brandon Whiting returned a kickoff for 17 yards.
The Giants are in trouble here. Daluiso isn't kicking
them deep, and the coverage isn't good."
Sehorn be missed for the Cleveland game?
Sehorn will be missed for whatever game the Giants
play, and you definitely want him back in time for
the Rams. The secondary came up strong for the rest
of the Cowboys game after Sehorn was knocked out
on that first play. This week I thought they would
have more trouble, but somehow against the Eagles,
even without starting corner Jason Sehorn and nickel
back Reggie Stephens, they still were very effective.
I think the defense mixed it up real good on Donovan
McNabb, and the front line was great. I don't know
if it can work against the rest of the teams coming
up. Still I can't downplay corner Emmanuel McDaniel
going against some speedy receivers. He had his
team-high 3rd interception early in the fourth quarter,
and nickel back Andre Williams, playing his first
game, did fine. It's a good thing they have Cleveland
ahead of them before the Rams. Time will tell."
we get too excited about winning this game, remember
that the Eagles were playing in a road game, in
a windy stadium, and nothing was going their way.
They have no running game. Their running backs have
a combined total of 275 yards in four games since
Duce Staley was hurt. Donovan McNabb completed only
10 of 31 passes because his receivers dropped a
bunch of those. Our offensive coordinator, Sean
Payton, spent two years with the Eagles before coming
to the Giants, so maybe he knows something that
gives the Giants an edge over them.
For our part, there's room for improvement. When
was the last time you remember seeing a team use
up all it's timeouts in the third quarter? Special
teams, we already talked about, and the offense
is stop and go. I don't know why they don't hit
workhorse Greg Comella, and tight
end Pete Mitchell with more passes. The absolute
best thing the Giants have going for them is the
Giants - Kerry Collins 22-37 for 253 yards, 0 INT,
Eagles - Donovan Mcnabb 10-31 for 129 yards, 1 INT,
Giants - Ron Dayne 25-93, Tiki Barber 14-52, Joe
Montgomery 1-4, Kerry Collins 4-3.
Eagles - Donovan Mcnabb 3-42, Stanley Pritchett
6-17, Charles Johnson 1-15, Brian Mitchell 1-minus
Giants - Amani Toomer 9-108, Ike Hilliard 5-39,
Tiki Barber 4-71, Pete Mitchell 2-13, Ron Dayne
1-12, Greg Comella 1-10.
- Stanley Pritchett 3-25, Chad Lewis 1-26, Charles
Johnson 1-25, Amp Lee 1-20, Na Brown 1-13, Brian
Mitchell 1-12, Torrance Small 1-7, Cecil Martin
Giants - Joe Jurevicius 1 for 3, Ron Dixon 1 for
Eagles - Brian Mitchell 4 for 76, Brandon Whiting
1 for 17.
Giants - Tiki Barber 4 for 2.
Eagles - Brian Mitchell 3 for 57.
Eagles - David Akers 48.
Giants - Jessie Armstead 4-1-0.5, Cornelius Griffin
2-2-0.5, Shaun Williams 3-0-0, Michael Barrow 2-1-1.5,
Cedric Jones 1-2-0.5, Keith Hamilton 2-0-0, Michael
Strahan 1-1-0, Pete Monty 1-0-0, Christian Peter
1-0-1, Sam Garnes 1-0-0, Omar Stoutmire 1-0-0, Emmanuel
Mcdaniel 1-0-0, Dave Thomas 1-0-0, Andre Weathers
Eagles - Damon Moore 8-1-0, Jeremiah Trotter 6-2-0,
Troy Vincent 6-2-1, Barry Gardner 4-3-0, Bryan Dawkins
5-1-0, Bobby Taylor 5-1-0, Corey Simon 5-0-1, Carlos
Emmons 3-2-0, Hugh Douglas 4-0-1, Hollis Thomas
2-2-0, Al Harris 3-0-0, Paul Grasmanis 2-1-0, Ike
Reese 2-0-0, Tim Hauck 2-0-0, Mike Caldwell 2-0-0,
Brian Mitchell 0-2-0, David Akers 0-2-0, Mike Mamula
1-0-0, James Darling 1-0-0, Brandon Whiting 1-0-0.
Giants - 152
Eagles - 72
Eagles - 120
Time of Possession
Eagles - 16:19
NYG - TD, Ron Dayne, 1 Yd run (Brad Daluiso
kick is good), 8:38. Drive: 5 plays, 74 yards in
NYG - TD, Amani Toomer, 27 Yd pass
from Kerry Collins (Brad Daluiso kick is good),
13:22. Drive: 3 plays, 47 yards in 0:15.
NYG - FG, Brad Daluiso 31 Yd, 1:40. Drive:
12 plays, 48 yards in 6:17.
NYG - TD, Joe Montgomery, 4 Yd run (Brad
Daluiso kick is good), 8:00. Drive: 11 plays, 54
yards in 5:57.
PHI - TD, Charles Johnson, 25 Yd pass from
Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good), 9:41.
Drive: 3 plays, 52 yards in 0:24.
Coach Jim Fassel is 8-0 vs the Eagles.
Giants possession time of 43:41 was the most by
them since Nov. 20, 1983, when they held the ball
for 45:43, also against the Eagles.
Brian Mitchell became the NFL's all-time leading
punt returner with 3,708 yards, surpassing former
Giants' Dave Meggett.
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