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Sept 12, 4:15 pm (FOX) - Giants at Eagles
Game 1
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Giants 7 3 0 7 17
Eagles 14 10 7 0 31
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Giants lose to the Eagles 31 - 17.
Kurt Warner completed 16 of 28 passes for 203 yards.
Eli Manning was 3-of-9 for 66 yards.
Tiki Barber rushed for 125 yards on 9 attempts, and 1 TD.
Tiki Barber also had 5 catches for 75 yards.
Ron Dayne rushed for 45 yards on 13 attempts, and 1 TD.
Steve Christie kicked a 53-yard field goal.

Game Notes:
"The Giants were ahead for awhile on Ron Dayne’s 3 yard touchdown run, but that didn't last long. Overall Dayne had a good outing with his 13 carries, but Tiki Barber hardly took a back seat. For all Tom Coughlin alluded to about Barber being overused by Jim Fassel, Tiki had 9 carries and 5 catches for a total of 200 yards.
These newly put together Giants were no match for the Eagles this time out. What could you expect with a new head coach, new quarterbacks and something like 22 new players on the roster? They played their best, but the defense still tackled poorly and gave up too many big plays.
The offense had some good moments, and it was exciting to see Eli Manning come into the game. Even though his first handoff play to Tiki Barber went for a 72 yard touchdown, I doubt there will be a quarterback controversy. Eli got slammed pretty good on the last play of the game, and Warner seems to know better how to take a hit and when to duck.

Game Notes:
"I thought Kurt Warner did an OK job although he made a few of the characteristic mistakes he tends to make. He held the ball too long a few times and his concentration seems to be way too focused elsewhere when the world is collapsing around him. Warner's stats would have been better, and the score maybe closer if the receivers hadn't dropped a few of his passes.
Terrell Owens was obviously a big plus for the Eagles, and more than our defense could handle especially with the Giants hurting in the secondary. Cornerback Will Allen didn't play the last two weeks and was a game-time decision, and backup Frank Walker was found to have a broken bone in his right foot.

Michael Strahan didn't look too happy from the shots you caught of him on camera. Don't tell him that this isn't a rebuilding year for the Giants when he's running all over the field trying to cover for some of the others. Even Kurt Warner seemed bummed when Coughlin gave Manning some playing time at the end of the game. I thought he was on board for this, knowing his 'role'. As for Tom Coughlin - well, he always looks like that.
Anyway, if the offense can play just a little bit better, and the defense maybe even better than that, we'll have a real game going with the Redskins when the Giants open at the Meadowlands next week."

First Quarter

Play: Ron Dayne, 3 Yd run (Steve Christie kick is good)
Drive: 7 plays, 66 yards in 3:31.

Play: Terrell Owens, 20 Yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive: 3 plays, 71 yards in 1:59.

Play: Terrell Owens, 3 Yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive: 5 plays, 56 yards in 1:47.
Second Quarter

Play: L.J. Smith, 14 Yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards in 6:44.

Play: David Akers 45 Yd
Drive: 5 plays, 20 yards in 1:55.

Play: Steve Christie 53 Yd, 1:14
Drive: 6 plays, 43 yards in 1:00.
EAGLES 24-10

Third Quarter
Play: Terrell Owens, 12 Yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive: 9 plays, 71 yards in 4:43.
EAGLES 31-10
Fourth Quarter
Play: Tiki Barber, 72 Yd run (Steve Christie kick is good)
Drive: 1 play, 72 yards in 0:12.
EAGLES 31-17

Game Stats:
Total First Downs    21 19
   By Rushing 5 5
   By Passing 16 11
   By Penalty 0 3
Third Down Efficiency 7-13-54% 5-15-33%
FourthDown Efficiency 0-0-0% 1-2-50%
Total Net Yards 454 413
   Total Offensive Plays (inc. times thrown passing) 65 65
   Average gain per offensive play 7.0 6.4
Net Yards Rushing 141 170
   Total Rushing Plays 27 23
   Average gain per rushing play 5.2 7.4
   Tackles for a loss-number and yards 2-5 2-2
Net Yards Passing 313 243
   Times thrown - yards lost attempting to pass 2-17 5-26
   Gross yards passing 330 269
Pass Attempts-Completions-Had Intercepted 36-26-0 37-19-0
   Avg gain per pass play (inc.# thrown passing) 8.2 5.8
Kickoffs Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks 6-3-1 4-0-0
Punts Number and Average 4-34.3 5-42.6
   Had Blocked 0 0
FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0
Net Punting Average 27.3 28.6
Total Return Average (Not Including Kickoffs) 50 8
   No. and Yards Punt Returns 3-50 1-8
   No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 3-67 5-119
   No. and Yards Interception Returns 0-0 0-0
Penalties Number and Yards 8-50 5-30
Fumbles Number and Lost 0-0 3-1
Touchdowns 4 2
   Rushing 0 2
   Passing 4 0
Extra Points Made-Attempts 4-4 2-2
   Kicking Made-Attempts 4-4 2-2
Field Goals Made-Attempts 1-2 1-1
Red Zone Efficiency 4-4-100% 1-4-25%
Goal To Go Efficiency 1-1-100% 1-3-33%
Safeties 0 0
Final Score 31 17
Time Of Possesion 32:10 27:50

It was the Giants 9th consecutive loss dating back to last season, tying the longest losing streak in franchise history. The Giants lost the first 9 games of the 1976 season.

Tom Coughlin became the first Giants head coach to lose his debut since Bill Parcells in 1983.

Kurt Warner, who led St. Louis to a Super Bowl victory in 1999, has lost his last 9 starts, including to the New England Patriots in the 2001 Super Bowl.

Kurt Warner finished 16-of-28 for 203 yards and was sacked 4 times.

Tiki Barber had 125 yards rushing on nine carries.

Eli Manning made his NFL debut in the final minutes, handing off to Tiki Barber for a 72-yard TD run on his first play.

Manning was 3-of-9 for 66 yards, and fumbled after being hit hard on the final play.

Jeremy Shockey, who sat out all four preseason games with an injured foot and hamstring problem, had 2 catches for 39 yards.

Donovan McNabb threw 4 touchdown passes, 3 to Terrell Owens.

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