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Nov 6, 1:00 PM Eagles at Giants
Game 8
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Giants win over the Eagles 28-23.
Eli Manning was 22 of 36 for 257 yards with 4 TDs and 2 INTs.
Paul Perkins rushed for 32 yards on 11 carries, and caught 3 passes for 15 yards.
Rashad Jennings rushed for 26 yards on 11 carries, and caught 3 passes for 13 yards.
Sterling Shepard caught 3 passes for 50 yards and 1 TD.
Odell Beckham Jr. caught 4 passes for 46 yards and 2 TDs.
Victor Cruz caught 1 pass for 46 yards.
Will Tye caught 4 passes for 33 yards.
Roger Lewis caught 1 pass for 30 yards and 1 TD.
Jerell Adams caught 3 passes for 24 yards.
Landon Collins and Andrew Adams each had 1 interception.
Landon Collins and Olivier Vernon each had 1 sack.

Game Notes:
"It was perfect weather for a football game and I couldn't remember when the Giants were up 14-0 right at the start. The defense gifted Eli Manning the ball twice, from the Eagles 30 and 31 yard lines as a result of back to back interceptions. Nothing comes easy in division games though, and the lead was cut to four points early in the second quarter. Eli Manning didn't waste any time on the drive following that one, this time starting at the Giants 14 yard line. The big play of the drive was Victor Cruz's 46 yard catch.
Odell Beckham Jr. was in the endzone a few plays later from the Eagles one yard line on a short pass from Manning to put the Giants up 21-10. That was the score at the end of the half thanks to Jason Pierre-Paul blocking a field goal a few drives later. The defense was really clicking in the first half with those two interceptions, and twice they had stopped the Eagles in field goal range on a fourth down with less than one or two yards.
At the start of the third quarter we found out that Cruz had suffered a sprained ankle and wouldn't be back. It seems he has his worst luck playing against the Eagles, if you remember that injury from two years ago. Left guard Justin Pugh was also hurt on a play, and he was out for the rest of the game too. Hopefully they'll be back next week. So even though the Giants were ahead in this game, they were down two important offensive players. The Eagles got the ball first and quarterback Carson Wentz wasted no time moving his team down the field for a touchdown to make it a 21-17 game.
The Giants, now down two starters, responded with their own touchdown, a 32-yard pass from Manning to wide receiver Sterling Shepard, to increase their margin to 28-17. The quarter ended with that score, but the Eagles were down to the Giants 36 yard line. The defense held them at the 8 yard line, and this time they didn't go for it on a 4th and 3 and settled for a field goal and a 28-20 score.
The Giants got to about midfield when Manning hit Beckham with a pass that was considered to be an interception although it looked like Beckham had the ball going to the ground. The review said that it was a loose ball and didn't touch the ground. Nobody near me agreed with that, but the Eagles got the ball at their own 40 yard line. The Giants defense stepped up and held them to three and out when they decided not to go for a fourth down and two play.
The Giants got the ball with poor field position at their own 4 yard line and punted three plays later. The Eagles were at about midfield and this time went for it on a fourth and nine. Of course they were able to make that with a pass play that went 25 yards to Jordan Matthews. Then with a fourth and ten from the Giants 21 yard line, they settled for a field goal and a 28-23 score.
There was less than four minutes left, and Manning got it down to under two when the Eagles called their second time out. Things were looking pretty good until Manning was intercepted and the ball was at the Giants 34 yard line with 1:48 left. I figured here's where we lose this one, but after a 17-yard pass got the ball to the Giants 17, Wentz had four straight incompletions. So the Giants get the win and as unusual you can never relax when watching them play, even if they start off with a two touchdown lead."

Game Notes:
"Eli Manning got a great assist from his defense with two interceptions starting off the first quarter. With Manning starting both times with very favorable field position, two touchdowns resulted in a 14-0 lead just a little more than five minutes into the game. Odell Beckham Jr. had one touchdown on a 26 yard pass, and Roger Lewis caught a 30 yarder from Manning for the other. Manning's next big completion was a 46 yard pass to Victor Cruz early in the second quarter, and that drive ended with another touchdown pass to Beckham, to make the score 21-10 in favor of the Giants.
The Eagles closed the gap at the start of the third quarter with a touchdown, and Manning came right back on his turn with a 32 yard completion for a touchdown to Sterling Shepard to make it 28- 17. That gave Manning four touchdowns on the day, but it was the last time they scored. Manning threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter as they tried to hand this game over to the Eagles, who now had the ball at the Giants 34 yard line with the score 28-23.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had thrown two opening drive interceptions, but he remained pretty composed for a rookie quarterback after making those mistakes. Wentz went on to make a number of nice throws in this game for big plays, and he made another right here with a 17 yarder to Nelson Agholor. That was as far as Wentz got though, as the Giants defense held him to four incompletions to end the game.
Overall the Giants offense still needs work. Running backs Paul Perkins and Rashad Jennings managed just 58 yards on the ground. Beckham can make some nice catches, but something seems off. Aside from his 26 yard and 1 yard touchdowns, he caught only two other passes totaling just 19 yards on six more pass attempts. On one of them, Manning was credited with an interception when it was pulled away from Beckham's hands.
On defense they were pretty solid except for cornerback Eli Apple who struggled today.
Seeing Apple mess up reminded me of Landon Collins on some plays when he was a rookie last year, and look how things have turned out for him. Collins had one sack and one interception. Andrew Adams had the other interception in this game.
Special teams allowed Darren Sproles a 66-yard punt return, and
Dwayne Harris let down a bit by bringing two kickoffs out of the end zone that should have stayed. He took one to the 14 yard line, and the other to the 12, where Manning got to just the 23 yard line before throwing an interception. That was at about the two minute mark and the Eagles, with great field position, could come back to win this game. The final score was 28-23 and next up for the Giants are the visiting Bengals. They're coming off a bye week for a Monday night matchup."

First Quarter

Play: Odell Beckham Jr. 26 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Robbie Gould Kick)
Drive info: 2 plays, 31 yards, 0:50
Giants 7-0
Play: Roger Lewis 30 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Robbie Gould Kick)
Drive info: 3 plays, 30 yards, 1:12
Giants 14-0
Play: Caleb Sturgis 34 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 59 yards, 3:52
Giants 14-3

Second Quarter

Play: Ryan Mathews 8 Yd Run (Caleb Sturgis Kick)
Drive info: 3 plays, 70 yards, 1:33
Giants 14-10

Play: Odell Beckham Jr. 1 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Robbie Gould Kick)
Drive info: 6 plays, 86 yards, 2:43
Giants 21-10

Third Quarter

Play: Kenjon Barner 3 Yd Run (Caleb Sturgis Kick)
Drive info: 6 plays, 70 yards, 2:43
Giants 21-17

Play: Sterling Shepard 32 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Robbie Gould Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:36
Giants 28-17

Fourth Quarter

Play: Caleb Sturgis 26 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yards, 7:26
Giants 28-20

Play: Caleb Sturgis 38 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 26 yards, 3:12
Giants 28-23


Giants five victories have been by a combined 20 points

Giants broke a 4 game losing streak to the Eagles.

Giants rookie safety Andrew Adams had his first career interception.

Giants Landon Collins led the Giants with 12 tackles and had his third interception in two games.

Giants have blocked two field goal attempts this season.

Eagles have lost in all three of their division games.

Eagles, in each of their four losses, had a chance to win on the final offensive drive of the game.
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