Another close game turned into another heartbreaker, as the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants by a score of 22-21. The Giants took a lead after halftime, however, some old mistakes caught up to them and bit them in the behind, prompting a loss.
The Philadelphia Eagles did not waste time getting their offense ready as Carson Wentz flipped the ball to DeSean Jackson for a 12-yard gain. After another catch for Jackson, Boston Scott ran on three plays in a row for 14 yards. With a couple of chunk plays, the Eagles made their way into the red zone with a Carson Wentz one-yard run.
Evan Engram attempted to start up the offense for the Giants, as he carried a seven-yard end-around on the first play. Other than a five-yard holding penalty on Eagles’ cornerback Darius Slay, the Giants did not get a natural first down and decided to punt.
Jabrill Peppers got the first of three sacks for the Giants, forcing the Eagles into a three-and-out.
Two short passes to Boston Scott and one to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside fueled the fire in the Eagles offense on the next drive. An intentional grounding penalty on Carson Wentz moved the Eagles back fifteen yards.
The Giants coming into Thursday were 31st in the league on defensive third downs. The problem leaked on the very next play. Wentz’s 15-yard pass to Greg Ward moved the chains for another first down. That was the last first down the Eagles obtained on that drive, as Jake Elliott kicked a 31-yard field goal to take the lead, 10-7.
In good and bad ways, Evan Engram became a contributor on the next drive. Engram caught two passes from Daniel Jones for 22-yards combined. At the end of the drive, Jones quick-slotted a pass to Engram, which he did not expect. The ball fell in the hands of Eagles’ defensive back Jalen Mills for an interception.
Corey Clement, Carson Wentz, and Jason Huntley attempted to take advantage of the Giants’ mistake with a couple of nice runs. Unfortunately for Philly, later on in the drive, Wentz threw a pass into the end zone that James Bradberry intercepted. His third interception on the season for Big Blue.
The Giants shot themselves in the foot and did not take advantage of Wentz’s mistake on the next drive.
Trying to fuel themselves with momentum before halftime, Big Blue got the ball back with 57 seconds on the clock. Unfortunately, all the expected momentum was wiped away when Dion Lewis fumbled on a run play. Eagles’ linebacker Duke Riley recovered the fumble. The Eagles failed to convert on the turnover as Jake Elliott missed a 29-yard field goal.
The Giants kneeled to end the half.
Nearly six minutes into the third quarter, the Giants got a spark in the rushing game. Daniel Jones ran a read option for 80 yards downfield. Unfortunately, he stumbled and Jalen Mills tagged him down at the Philadelphia 8 yard-line. A pass interference penalty at the goal-line by Nickell Robey-Coleman kept the drive alive. The next play, Wayne Gallman found his path to the end zone on a one-yard run. The score changed to 14-10, Giants.
After two drives by the Eagles and Giants (one each), Philadelphia got the ball back at the 31 yard-line. After a 3-yard pass to Richard Rodgers and a 6-yard pass to wide receiver Travis Fulgham, Wentz hit Greg Ward for an 11-yard pickup to move the chains. Wentz tossed up a 40-yard deep pass to Fulgham to advance the Eagles to the NYG 9 yard-line on the next play.
The Giants locked the Eagles out of the end zone that drive, including on the attempted 4th-down conversion. Many questioned whether there should have been a penalty on Logan Ryan for pass interference. Nonetheless, the call stood.
Taking over the next drive at their own three yard-line, the Giants looked to close out the game and chew the clock. Wayne Gallman played a significant part in that drive as he rushed for six yards on three carries and caught three passes for 24 yards. Dion Lewis also redeemed himself with a bright 19-yard gain. Daniel Jones capped off the drive with a second passing touchdown. This one going to Sterling Shepard. With a Graham Gano extra point, the Giants extended their lead 21-10.
The comeback drive did not start out great for Philly as defensive lineman B.J. Hill sacked Carson Wentz two plays in. Ryan Lewis committed an illegal contact penalty that resulted in a first down, which negated the sack. A 59-yard pass play to 5th-round wide receiver John Hightower put the Eagles in Giants’ territory. Greg Ward climaxed the drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the score at 21-16.
The Giants looked to score on the next drive, whether it was a field goal or a touchdown. Wayne Gallman rushed for 27 yards on four carries on the drive downfield. Unfortunately, an Evan Engram drop on third down prompted a punt from Riley Dixon.
A Philly Comeback
The punt foreshadowed bad things to come for New York, as Corey Ballentine committed a personal foul on DeSean Jackson, advancing the Eagles fifteen yards. Two big receptions for 41 yards by tight end Richard Rodgers gave the Eagles momentum to finish their drive. James Bradberry committed a pass interference penalty, adding nine yards and another first down. Once the Eagles made it to the goal-line, they were rewarded another first down with another defensive penalty on Logan Ryan. After a penalty on Jason Kelce for grabbing Dalvin Tomlinson‘s facemask, the Eagles backed up 15 yards but did not stay out for long. An 18-yard passing touchdown to Boston Scott put the Eagles in front, 22-21. The score remained the same with another failed two-point conversion.
After a Will Hernandez holding penalty and two plays into a comeback drive, Daniel Jones fumbled the football and Brandon Graham recovered it. With the Philadelphia Eagles kneeling out the clock, the New York Giants were handed their sixth loss.
The New York Giants accumulate their sixth loss and fail to get their second win. The NFC East is still a very open division, especially if the Washington Football Team wins against the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants face the Buccaneers next week on Monday Night Football, as the Philadelphia Eagles face the Cowboys next week.
Many questions are still in the air regarding who the Giants may trade and the futures of Daniel Jones and Evan Engram.