Eli Manning's passing and an excellent defensive performance, helped by the efforts of Antrel Rolle, key the Giants victory in Philadelphia.
The New York Giants won their second game in a row and get a crucial NFC East victory, as they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles on the road. The key was the defense, which didn't allow any points for a second consecutive game.
Full game grades and analysis are below.
New York - 15
Philadelphia - 7
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Game Analysis for the New York Giants
Pass Offense: The deep passing game was missing but Eli Manning and his receivers were in sync on short and intermediate throws. The third-down connection between Manning and Brandon Myers all but sealed the victory after the Eagles' lone touchdown made it an eight-point game.
However, this unit has to be better in and near the red zone. Outside of penalties, the biggest issue was an inability for Manning and Hakeem Nicks to connect several times in the end zone.
Run Offense: Peyton Hillis and company moved the pile, which is the best way to sum up the performance by this unit. They lack explosiveness, but they are at least generating some yards on the ground and not consistently getting tackled for a loss. It’s the most you can ask from an offensive line that struggles to get a push and from running backs with limited talent.
Pass Defense: An injured Michael Vick in the first half and Matt Barkley in the second half certainly doesn’t conjure up memories of Joe Montana, but this unit was solid nonetheless. The return of the pass rush, which recorded four sacks and consistently brought pressure on both quarterbacks, was especially impressive and, quite frankly, long overdue.
Run Defense: Outside of a few productive LeSean McCoy runs on the Eagles' first drive of the third quarter, the Giants did a great job of slowing down the NFL’s leading rusher. Also, New York didn’t allow any significant quarterback scrambles off well-covered pass plays, something that has been an issue in previous games this season.
Special Teams: A tremendous effort from this unit up until late in the fourth quarter. Josh Brown was the star with five field goals, including three from 40 yards or longer. Steve Weatherford also contributed two 55-plus yard punts, with neither yielding a return.
Zak DeOssie’s high snap on a punt attempt that led to the Eagles' only touchdown with four minutes left in the game was a shock. The two-time Pro Bowl long-snapper is rarely errant on punts or field-goal attempts.
Coaching: The Giants had too many penalties and were inept in their attempts to score a touchdown in Eagles territory. Tom Coughlin and his staff should be commended, though, for keeping this team together after an 0-6 start. A lot of other teams with a similarly poor start would have gone into the tank for good.
First-Half Analysis for the New York Giants
Pass Offense: Eli Manning has been sharp and the protection, for the most part, has been good. However, the lack of execution in Eagles territory is troubling and the biggest reason the Giants don’t have a more commanding lead.
Run Offense: They have managed to gain positive yards on almost all of their runs, which sadly has been difficult for this unit in 2013. Overall, though, not a good performance, and one that again lacks any big plays. Neither Peyton Hillis nor Michael Cox has a run for over nine yards.
Pass Defense: The coverage has been good, but the real story is the pass rush. Michael Vick was pressured consistently, resulting in one sack and an intentional grounding penalty.
Matt Barkley, who replaced an injured Vick late in the second quarter, was effective, however, and received better protection.
Kudos to Antrel Rolle, who registered the sack on Vick and also had an interception to end the Eagles' first drive. Also, Terrell Thomas’ strip-sack on Barkley late in the second quarter preserved the shutout.
Run Defense: Their streak of neutralizing top running backs continues. LeSean McCoy has been met in the backfield several times on inside runs and pushed towards the sideline on outside attempts.
Special Teams: Outside of a short punt by Steve Weatherford following the Giants' first drive, this unit has been solid. Josh Brown’s four field goals and four touchbacks are the biggest reason why.
Coaching: Tom Coughlin and company have to take some of the blame for the poor offensive execution near the end zone and the seven penalties, despite an otherwise stellar first half.
Also, the play-calling on the final offensive drive of the half was confusing. Starting with two runs and then deciding to pass after another illegal formation penalty made getting into field-goal range a long-shot didn’t make any sense.