1:00 PM Philadelphia at Giants
win over Philadelphia 27-17
didn't know what to expect from the Giants today. I was happy they were coming
off their second win of the season, but that win didn't have the same impact as
beating a team other than Washington for the second time. I figured Philadelphia
would be tough to handle since they were coming off their bye week with more healthy
players, and had just won in their last two games.
I was encouraged to see
the Giants start off with a touchdown on their opening drive, and the defense
held the Eagles to a field goal on theirs. The Giants next drive ended a few seconds
into the second quarter when Wayne Gallman ran the ball 2 yards for a touchdown.
After that, the teams drives ended with punts until time ran out on the half,
leaving the Giants up 14-3.
This was all much better than I was expecting.
Daniel Jones was connecting with his receivers, and even though they batted some
balls into the air, there were no turnovers. Running backs Gallman and Alfred
Morris were keeping the ball moving, and I should have mentioned that Jones scored
the first touchdown with his 34 yard run into the endzone.
The Eagles had the
ball to start the second half, and on their fifth play, Boston Scott broke free
for a 56 yard touchdown. After the two point conversion worked, the Giants lead
was cut to 3 points. I was thinking 'same old second half Giants', but they surprised
me. Jones completed back to back deep passes to Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate,
and Gallman carried the ball three times, breaking into the endzone for his second
touchdown of the day. They weren't playing like the same old Giants today.
Even though the defense gave up a touchdown on the next drive, they stopped the
two point conversion, so the score was 21-17. The teams exchanged punts a few
times into the fourth quarter, with the Giants getting better field position each
time. Starting at the Eagles 41-yard line, they got to the 17, where Graham Gano
kicked a 35 yard field goal.
With five minutes left, the Eagles got down to
a 4th-and-10 on the Giants 36 yard line, and decided to go for it instead of trying
for a field goal. Carson Wentz threw a pass to Jalen Reagor, but James Bradberry
wouldn't let that happen. The Eagles were really stuck now, especially when Jones
completed a pass to Darius Slayton for 40 yards. By the time Gano kicked a 44
yard field goal, they were out of timeouts and down by 10 points.
one first down pass, but the next two were incomplete before he was sacked. His
next pass on a 4th-and16 was complete, but went for only 11 yards. The Giants
had about two minutes to kill, and helped along by an unnecessary roughness call
on Philadelphia, they ended the game with a 27-17 win. I know it sounds stupid
to say I was feeling great with the Giants having just 3 wins going into a bye
week after ten games, but they now have as many wins as Philadelphia who leads
this crazy division. Two games in a row, the Giants hung in again. They need to
keep doing it."
Giants have been playing better game by game over the past few weeks. Instead
of coming close to winning, they are winning. Daniel Jones was 13 of 17 in the
first half. Every receiver he targeted he hit with the exception of Wayne Gallman
on one pass. By the end of the game, the 8 players Jones targeted had at least
one catch, including Gallman. Jones finished up completing 21 of 28 passes with
no interceptions. The thing he forgot to do in this game was throw a touchdown
pass. Jones lost one of his opportunities, cutting one drive short by running
for a 34 yard touchdown.
That helped Jones to lead the Giants in the overall
running game with 64 yards on 9 carries. Not to be outdone, Gallman had two rushing
touchdowns. He ran for 53 yards on 18 carries, and Alfred Morris had 8 carries
for 34 yards. The ground game totaled 151 yards, so now the Giants have had their
fifth consecutive game with more than 100 yards. Overall Jones is playing smart.
That's definitely showing up in the win column over the last two games where he's
had no turnovers.
The defense limited Philadelphia to just 3 points and 135
total yards in the first half. They held tight on all five of the Eagles 3rd-down
attempts, and allowed one 4th-and-1 conversion. They continued on that path in
the second half. Overall the Giants held Philadelphia to no 3rd-down conversions
on nine attempts, and just the one successful first half 4th-down conversion of
the total three they tried.
They sacked Carson Wentz three times, but didn't
force any turnovers. Their biggest fault came in the third quarter, when they
let Boston Scott score the Eagles first touchdown with a 56-yard run. Head coach
Doug Pederson likes to go for two-point conversions, and he did so here. It worked
to close the gap to three points. When he tried it the next time with the score
at 21-17 it didn't work. Now Philadelphia couldn't tie the game with a field goal,
and they needed to score a touchdown to win. After the Giants kicked another field
goal in the fourth quarter to make it 24-17, the Eagles needed a touchdown just
to tie the game.
That now forced Pederson's hand to have his team go for a
4th-and-10 at the Giants 36-yard line with five minutes left to play. Two field
goals would no longer work to tie the score, and just as the defense held on his
last two-point conversion, they stopped this fourth down attempt. The good field
position and subsequent 40-yard Darius Slayton catch soon led to another Giants
field goal to give them a ten point lead. There wasn't enough time for the Eagles
to come back, and the Giants had a 27-17 win.
After ten hard fought football
games, the Giants get to rest on their upcoming bye week. They actually now lead
the NFC East in division game wins. They are 3-2 with one left to go against the
Cowboys, in the last game of the season. Division tiebreakers first look at the
teams head-to-head record, and then the best division record. Of course this assumes
the teams have the same overall win-loss record for all their games, or there
is no tie."
| First Quarter
Daniel Jones 34 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 8 plays, 85 yards, 3:49
- FIELD GOAL
Jake Elliott 40 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 53 yards, 4:44
Second Quarter |
Wayne Gallman 2 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 13 plays, 75 yards,
| Third Quarter
Boston Scott 56 Yd Run (Miles Sanders Run for Two-Point Conversion)
info: 5 plays, 84 yards, 2:29
Wayne Gallman 1 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:42
Corey Clement 5 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive info: 8 plays,
75 yards, 4:29
| Fourth Quarter |
- FIELD GOAL
Graham Gano 35 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 24 yards, 3:17
- FIELD GOAL
Graham Gano 44 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 38 yards, 1:46
Giants broke their 8 game losing streak
with the Eagles.
has scored a touchdown in four consecutive games.Graham
Gano extended his streak to 20 consecutive field goals.
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