New York Giants Take First Divisional Win Against Philadelphia Eagles Since 2016

For the first time in four years, the New York Giants beat the Philadelphia Eagles at Metlife Stadium. Daniel Jones secured his second career win against a team not named the Washington Football Team. Joe Judge gets the third win of his coaching career and goes on his first winning streak.

1st Quarter

Though Derek Barnett sacked Daniel Jones on the first play, that did not stop the New York Giants from moving downfield. A 22-yard pass to Darius Slayton contributed to the monster first drive the Giants had. Wayne Gallman also broke out for 25 yards on the ground with three carries. A 34-yard rushing touchdown by Jones put the Giants on the board, 7-0.

Miles Sanders came back in style on the next drive as he had multiple rushes for big gains, putting the Philadelphia Eagles in Giants’ territory. Other passes from Carson Wentz to Jalen Reagor, Travis Fulgham, and Greg Ward contributed to the long drive. The Giants stopped Philly, prompting a 40-yard field goal from Jake Elliott. (7-3, Giants)

Daniel Jones continued his offensive rhythm as short passes to Kaden Smith, Austin Mack, and Sterling Shepard moved the sticks. Two runs each from Alfred Morris and Jones put the Giants at the goal-line.

2nd Quarter

The second quarter started with a fourth and goal conversion, which translated to a Wayne Gallman two-yard score. With a Graham Gano extra point, the Giants extended their lead to 14-3.

Despite both teams’ vigorous attempts to find the endzone, the score remained the same going into halftime (14-3).

3rd Quarter

Despite an illegal block in the back penalty to start the half, the Eagles did not waste time trying to score. Boston Scott, a known Giants killer, took a 56-yard rush to the house. Doug Pederson opted to go for two instead of kicking the extra point. With a successful two-point attempt, the difference in the game was a field goal. (14-11, Giants)

The Giants took strides the next drive to extend their lead over the Eagles. A 27-yard pass to Sterling Shepard and a 38-yard pass to Golden Tate put the Giants in the red zone. Wayne Gallman finished off yet another drive with a rushing touchdown. The Giants extended their lead to 21-11 over the Eagles.

The Eagles’ mission on the next drive was to keep themselves in the game. Despite Jalen Hurts fumbling the first snap, Miles Sanders turned it into an 11-yard gain. Carson Wentz then completed multiple passes to Jalen Reagor, Dallas Goedert, and Greg Ward, which moved Philly into the red zone. The Eagles finished off the second straight drive with a rushing touchdown. This time from Corey Clement. The Eagles failed to convert on another 2-point conversion, leaving the score at 21-17.

4th Quarter

A 21-yard punt return by Jabrill Peppers with about 11 minutes left put the Giants in a good spot to score and seal the game. A 16-yard pass to Darius Slayton started the offensive rally. Jones rushed for another touchdown to potentially seal the game for the Giants. Unfortunately, an Andrew Thomas holding penalty nullified the score. A Graham Gano field goal put the Giants up by a touchdown. (24-17)

With three timeouts and seven and a half minutes to go, the Eagles needed a touchdown rather than a field goal. Carson Wentz found tight end Richard Rodgers twice on the drive for big gains.  A roughing the passer penalty on Leonard Williams moved the Eagles 15 yards more down the field. The rest of the drive consisted of incomplete passes, making the Eagles go for fourth down with less than five minutes to go. An incomplete pass to Jalen Reagor ended the drive.

The Giants had the opportunity to chew the clock seal the game with a score on the ensuing drive. A 40-yard pass play to Darius Slayton put the Giants in Eagles territory once again. Graham Gano finished the drive with yet another field goal, making the deficit two scores. (27-17, Giants)

The Philadelphia Eagles had to score no matter what to have a chance at catching up to the Giants. A 12-yard pass to Dallas Goedert got things started. However, Dexter Lawrence sacking Carson Wentz spoiled the momentum the Eagles had. The Eagles failed to convert a long 4th down against the Giants’ defense. A couple of kneel-downs and the Giants won against the Eagles for the first time since 2016.

Outlook

With a win against the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Giants head into the bye week with positive momentum. With the Washington loss against the Lions, the Giants move into 2nd place for the first time since 2016. The Giants will need all three division rivals to lose in order to move into first place in the NFC East.

After the Week 11 bye, the New York Giants will take on the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. They look to get rookie linebacker Tae Crowder, rookie Xavier McKinney amongst other key players back for that matchup.

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