Eagles vs. Giants: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Philadelphia

Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIOctober 6, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 30:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants speaks with  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles after the Giants 42-7 win  at MetLife Stadium on December 30, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles dismissed the New York Giants in an NFC East battle with playoff implications, despite the two teams coming into the game with just a single victory combined. The Eagles improve to 2-3 and can move into a share of first place in the division with a Dallas loss. The hapless Giants need to figure some things out, as they are now 0-5.

Final Score: Philadelphia 36, New York 21

Game Analysis for Philadelphia Eagles

Pass Offense: Nick Foles controlled the game in the second half, completing 16 of 25 passes for two touchdowns. Both quarterbacks combined to throw for 302 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. 

Run Offense: LeSean McCoy's worst game of the season, easily, resulted in 20 carries for just 46 yards and a touchdown. The run game really suffered without Vick in the second half, as McCoy carried just seven times for minus-four yards. 

Pass Defense: When it mattered most, Eli Manning threw three interceptions. He completed just 24 of 52 passes for the game. ESPN credited the Eagles with 11 pass breakups, including five by Bradley Fletcher. 

Run Defense: An injured David Wilson led to an ineffective Brandon Jacobs. The two backs combined to rush for 53 yards, a touchdown and a fumble on 17 carries. 

Special Teams: Alex Henery may have saved his job with five field goals, including a 40-yarder in the first half. The Giants dropped a punt, but the Eagles couldn't recover that fumble. The Eagles did have a number of penalties, however. 

Coaching: Chip Kelly's Eagles won a game they absolutely needed to win. They could be in first place by the end of the day if the Broncos handle the Cowboys

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 06:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants is pressured by Vinny Curry #75 of the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on October 6, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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First-Half Analysis for Philadelphia Eagles

Pass Offense: Michael Vick struggled before he left the game late in the second quarter with a hamstring injury. In fairness, his receivers did have some drops and Vick did have a huge 49-yard completion to DeSean Jackson. Nick Foles looked terrific in a one-minute drive to end the half. 

Run Offense: LeSean McCoy is breaking tackles like usual. He has 13 carries for 50 yards and a touchdown. Vick has rushed seven times for 79 yards. 

Pass Defense: Eli Manning has thrown for 152 yards, including 120 to Hakeem Nicks, but he's completed just 10 of 20 passes and has misfired on many throws. 

Run Defense: David Wilson and Brandon Jacobs have been ineffective running the ball, carrying 10 times for 32 yards. Wilson left with a neck injury and Jacobs had an awful fumble. The Eagles should have had a safety but the referees clearly blew the call. 

Special Teams: Alex Henery has connected on four field goals, including a 40-yarder, after missing one for each of the last three weeks. 

Coaching: Chip Kelly needed to win this game, and so far he's had the Eagles looking sharp. They've scored 19 unanswered points with two different quarterbacks.