The Giants' Visanthe Shiancoe lifts up kicker Jay Feely after Feely's field
goal beat the Eagles 26-23 in overtime.
Philadelphia Eagles' |
Stats Of The Week
With the loss, the Eagles were officially eliminated from the playoffs, thus
ending their streak of five consecutive playoff appearances. The Eagles also
fell to 0-5 in the East Division. If they lose to Washington on Jan 1, it would
mark the first time in 37 years that they failed to win a division game. They
were 0-6 in the Capitol Division in the Eastern Conference in 1968. Manning's
312 yards are the most by a Giants QB against the Eagles since Phil Simms had
324 on Oct. 10, 1988 at the Vet. Brian Dawkins had a sack and an INT for the
third time in his 10-year career. He is one of only five NFL players with 27
or more interceptions and 17 or more sacks. Moats' 40-yard TD run was the longest
run by an Eagles rookie since Herman Hunter's 74-yarder against the Cowboys
on Nov. 24, 1985 at Texas Stadium. Moats is the first Eagle with 2 rushing
TDs in a game since Duce Staley against the 49ers on Dec. 21, 2003. He's the first
rookie to rush for two TDs in a game since Charlie Garner had two against the
49ers in a 40-8 win at Candlestick Park on Oct 2, 1994.
The Giants Beat The Eagles Again, |
Ending Their Playoff Hopes For Good.
Now itís official, there will be no repeat performance for the NFC Champions. Champions
one year, last place finishers the next. The Philadelphia Eagles lost 26-23 in OT, thus
sealing their January plans for the golf courses in the sunny south USA. The Eagles are
officially eliminated from any post-season play. And their record of 5-8 also assures the
Eagles of their first non-winning season since 1999. This loss did feel different. They
were not blown away. They were not embarrassed. And they did not give up. The Eagles
fought tooth and nail to the bitter end. Until the Giants Osi Umenyiora knocked the ball
away from Mike McMahonís hand as he was flushed from the pocket. Three running plays later
and it was Jay Feely time. The Giants kicker did not flub this FG as he did in Seattle a
few weeks ago. Feely turned off the lights to the Linc at 11:05 into overtime, thus sending
the Eagles home for an early vacation.
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
The game began with some fireworks on both sides as both teams scored touchdowns on their
first possessions. New York took the opening kickoff and Eli Manning completed 4 huge first
down passes of 7, 10, 28 and lastly a 7-yard pass to Tiki Barber to the Eagles 7-yard line
on third-and-6. Two plays later, Manning hit Barber out of the backfield for a 7-0 lead.
The Eagles responded just 4 plays later. First, Eagles QB Mike McMahon hit LJ Smith for 22
yards to the Giants 45-yard line. Then rookie Ryan Moats swept by everybody on an end around
to the left for a 40-yard TD run; score 7-7. Ryan Moats showed why the Birds drafted him in
the third round as he rushed 11 times for 114 rushing yards and 2 TDís. That is a 10.4 yds/carry
average. On the other hand, Tiki Barber also rushed for over 100 yards. But it took him 32
carries to accomplish his total with only a 3.9-yard average. The Giants passing game to
Jeremy Shockley did in the Eagles most of the game as he caught 10 passes for 107 yards.
Tiki added another 71 passing yards and he finished with a combined total of 195 yards.
It looked as though the Giants were going to walk away with an easy win as they built a
17-7 lead in the 2nd quarter with less than 5 minutes left in the half. McMahon refused
to give up and led the team for another quick strike on a 3:06 drive of 6 plays and 80
yards. Moats added his second rushing TD on play six, when he scampered for 18 yards. Three
plays and out went the Giants. Reno Mahe ran back a really nice punt for 28 yards out to
their own 49-yard line. Mahe continued the drive with a run of 9 yards on first down. Then
on 2nd-and-1, he caught a short pass and gained another 12 yards to the Giants 30-yard line.
The drive stalled with just 21 seconds left and Akers was successful from 42 yards to tie
the score at 17-17 at halftime. The Eagles defense played much better in the second half,
allowing only 2 FGís of 21 and 27 yards. New York held a 23-17 lead through 10:39 left in
The Philadelphia Eagles fought back again as McMahon drove the Eagles on a 10-play 50-yard
drive in which Akers added another 3 points on a 36-yard FG. With only 1:52 left, Akers
came to the rescue and was successful this time from 50 yards out, tying the game at 23-23.
Akers did miss a 49-yarder however in the third quarter, which would have given the Eagles a
victory during regulation. It was not meant to be as the Giants big break on the sack of
McMahon in OT gave the ball back to New York in excellent scoring position. The Giants are
now in the driverís seat at 9-4 after beating Dallas last week and Philly this week. Next
week, Dallas travels to Washington, while the Giants host the Chiefs. And now the Eagles
are destined for a last place finish.