PHILADELPHIA, PA –
The Eagles once again came out slow on offense. However, the running game came to life in the second half and the birds were able to control the clock in the second half on their way to victory.
The Eagles knew coming into the game that their secondary was inexperienced and thin. The Giants attacked the young secondary early and often as Eli Manning began to turn back the clock. Saquan Barkley proved to be a handful early as well. The Giants running back torched the Eagles for a 51-yard touchdown and also took a screen pass 13-yards for a score all in the first half. By the end of the first quarter, the Giants had more first downs than the Eagles had offensive plays; that is inexcusable. The momentum seemed to shift on the last play of the half for the Giants where Eli took a shot at the end zone to Odell Beckham Jr. This pass was intercepted by the Eagles’ safety Malcolm Jenkins.
The second half seemed like a completely different game. For the Giants, their offense could not find any rhythm. This was largely in part to the absence (due to injury?) of Saquon Barkley. The young running back was the star of the first half and hardly saw the field in the second half, only 4 touches. This was good news for the Eagles. Without Saquon, the Giants became somewhat one dimensional and allowed the Eagles defensive line to be aggressive. Micheal Bennett and Chris Long each came away with key sacks and the defense only allowed 3 points after intermission.
The Eagles offense also looked completely different in the second half. The Eagles got the ball rolling on the ground led by rookie Josh Adams. Adams ran hard with 22 carries for 84 yards including a touchdown. Corey Clement also looked healthy for the first time this season. The second year running back rushed five times for 45 yards in addition to two catches for 31 yards. The two young running backs carried the load for the Eagles in the second half and the offense finally looked competent.
The play of the game was a big decision by head coach Doug Pederson. On 4th and 1 at the NYG 42, Pederson made the call to go for it. QB Carson Wentz found Nelson Agholor for his first catch of the game for 12 yards and an important Eagles first down. This catch allowed the Eagles to eat up most of the remaining time in the 4th quarter before attempting a 43-yard Jake Elliott field goal. Elliott came up huge just as he did last season against the Giants, and nailed the 43-yarder to give the Eagles the victory.
This win means that the Eagles season is not over! With the poor state of the NFC East, the Eagles can still find a way to win the division. This was hopefully the first a nice winning streak by the Eagles on their way to a playoff birth.