Special Teams coordinator Tom Quinn said he was "pissed off" with the poor performance of his unit thus far this year, and felt all of his players should be pissed off, too. For almost four full quarters, it appeared as if they were listening. They dominated the game and were the big story. Then, suddenly, everything went wrong.
A Zak DeOssie snap sailed over the head of Steve Weatherford, who previously had a 68-yard punt, and rather than falling on it or kicking it out of bounds, Weatherford appeared to try to pick it up and run. That didn't work and the Eagles were gifted a touchdown and a little bit of life.
Fortunately, despite a delay of game penalty that only made a bad situation worse, Eli Manning was able to connect with tight end Brandon Myers for a late first down that would, essentially, seal it up.
Meanwhile, Perry Fewell's defense knocked Michael Vick out of the game for the second straight time and held Philly scoreless for four quarters. And while they had a few hiccups against Matt Barkley, they didn't break and showed quite a few positive strides — most notably, Antrel Rolle, who played like an all-pro and Justin Tuck, who dominated against the run. And, of course, Will Hill snagged an interception inside of 20 seconds remaining, which would be all she wrote for the Iggles.
Despite the win, very few things were puppy dogs and rainbows for the Giants. Offensively, they were unable to convert in the redzone, struggled with confusion prior to plays (a product of players in a new system), had receivers running poor routes (Larry Donnell ran out of the endzone), falling down and dropping more passes. Luckily for them, they have a little extra time to get all of that in order.
All of that aside, a W is a W and the Giants are now 2-0 in their last two games and head into their much-needed bye week feeling much better than they had over the previous six weeks of the season.
Oh, and let's not forget to address the Eagles fans who not only cheered a Victor Cruz injury, but cheered the dirty play (not called) that caused it.
Stay classless, Philly.
- Josh Brown's five field goals were a new career high.
- The victory was the Giants' first road win in 364 days. It was also the first time they've won back-to-back games over the same span.
- Eli Manning's 246 yards passing moved him into first place on the franchise's all-time list, surpassing Phil Simms.
- By holding the Eagles offense to a goose egg, the Giants' defense extended their scoreless streak to eight quarters (10 quarters without giving up a TD).
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