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The Giants Let One Slip Away Against The Eagles

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Lincoln Financial Field—The Giants have to figure out how to play sixty-minutes of football and sustain drives late in the ball game.

The G-Men gave the game away Thursday night, when they lost to the Eagles, 22-21, as their defense became unglued in the final minutes of the fourth.

Now the Giants are 1-6 instead of 2-5.

The men in Blue led 21-10 with 4:38 remaining in the contest. But they allowed a 71-yard touchdown drive and surrendered the go-ahead score with 40 ticks left on the clock. Then Daniel Jones lost the ball on the next drive, to seal the loss.

 

It was the 34th turnover (and 15th lost fumble) of his career, in his 19th start. He is now 4-15 as the starter.

“Sitting on top of the NFC East is obviously a good thing,” coach Doug Pederson said Friday. “The fact that we were two scores down, came back and won this football game, that’s a huge positive. With the amount of injuries that have piled up on offense, it just shows the resiliency of the entire football team.”

Philadelphia (2-4-1) moved percentage points ahead of Dallas (2-4) in the NFC East and now have extra time to get ready for the Cowboys next week following their comeback win.

Carson Wentz rallied his team from a 21-10 deficit with 6:21 to play and gutted the Eagles to a win. The Eagles is now in first place in the NFC East thanks to Wentz’s third fourth-quarter comeback, tied with Ryan Tannehill for most in the NFL.

The Eagles have started 21 different players on offense, including 10 on the offensive line and seven guys who made their first career start. Establishing continuity has clearly been a problem.

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“It can be a challenge at times,” Pederson said. “The thing is, with this many new players, new starters or guys in the lineup, you don’t get much time on task. You don’t get many reps during the week with these guys. So some continuity and timing in the passing game, particularly, can lack just a little bit.”

Wentz led a 71-yard touchdown drive to give the Eagles to the lead with just 40 seconds to play after connecting with running back Boston Scott on an 18-yard reception. The Philadelphia QB finished his night with 359 yards passing, two touchdowns and one pick while completing passes to eight different Eagles receivers. He also ran for 15 yards and a touchdown.

The Giants mustered just 325 yards of offense and the offense struggle to keep Daniels upright during the game.

New York’s defense allowed long scoring drives of 68 and 75 yards on just 10 total plays late in the fourth quarter to give the Eagles the win. Philly offense struggled the most of the night as the G-Men defense held them to nine plays for 11 yards to start the second half. The rest of the night Philadelphia ran 18 plays for 209 yards — 11.61 yards per play — to mount the comeback. NY defense was great for the first 39:08 of this game, but they were terrible the last four minutes of the game.

NY had this game won when Jones threw a nice pass on 3rd-and-7 to open tight end Evan Engram. The Giants couldn’t have asked for a better throw from Daniels, if Engram would of caught the it would have given the Giants their second consecutive win.

Engram dropped the pass with NY up 21-16 with 2:14 to go in the game. The Eagles had no timeouts left and Engram gave the Eagles the break they needed.

“We came down here and knew it was going to be a sixty-minute game. Every time Eagles and Giants play, it always comes down to the last drive. That’s kind of regardless of who is here, whether it’s coaches, players, whoever it is. That’s just a rivalry that’s going to go that way.” Giants head coach Joe Judge said.