Giants v. Eagles Sunday Night Football: Live Reactions To Game's Biggest Stories
The Giants and Eagles both enter the game with a (5-3) record and are tied for first place in the NFC East, giving the winner a one game lead in the playoff race. With the way the NFC East is shaping up, this could be a huge momentum win and statistical win, leading into the final stretch of the regular season.
The Giants, who are traveling to Philadelphia, have just come off of a tough home loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants are looking to have a bounce back game on the road, and avoid dropping two straight division games.
The Eagles, just came off of a huge Monday Night Football win over another NFC East rival the Washington Redskins. Michael Vick comes off of a record shattering night, and looks to continue his success against a high ranking Giants' defense.
This game comes down to a few things- Can the Giants defense contain Michael Vick? How will the Eagles secondary perform against an excellent Giants passing attack? Who will win the turnover battle? Which offense will be more explosive? Can Eli Manning bounce back after a poor showing a week ago? Will Michael Vick be able to keep his success going for two weeks straight? Which NFC East team is the best?
Keep reading for more info on the games biggest news and reactions.
Final Score: Giants- 17 Eagles- 27
Akers drills another and that seals the game. Eagles have a two possession lead with :22 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter. McCoy sealed the game with his 50 yard TD run and was able to give the Eagles the lead late in the 4th.
Also, good job by Akers to seal off the game entirely. Hitting every single one of his field goals, aside from the blocked kick at the end of the half.
Not an impressive performance from Vick, but he was able to keep it moving enough to win the game against the number one Giants defense.
The Giants head back to New York with a (6-4) record and second place in the NFC East.
The Eagles stay at home as winners and advance to three straight wins and first place in the NFC East. This was a huge win for the Eagles and will definitely have playoff implications. \
Final score: Giants-17 Eagles-27
Talk about a back and forth game, and it continues to be in every single direction. Who would have guessed that Manning would have fumbled after running for a first down, and not going for the slide but not going for the dive.
It is ruled that Manning dived and he fumbled the ball, although Tom Coughlin decides to challenge the call on the field. It was clear that the ball was fumbled and then Manning was touched, which makes it Philadelphia's ball on the 40 yard line.
This is a huge momentum shift in the game, and if the Eagles can pick up one first down they can essentially win the game.
The Giants currently have four turnovers in the game.
The Eagles lined up in the shotgun following an offside penalty, and Vick gunned it incomplete to Maclin. The Eagles were put into a 4th an 1 situation. Reid elected to go for it, and it worked out in his favor.
Vick took the snap and bobbled it, then made a great pitch to McCoy and he was able to run for 50 yard touchdown run. Following two great downfield blocks, McCoy was able to scoot into the endzone and pick up the lead.
Also, the Eagles converted the 2 point conversion and that makes it a seven point game.
Eagles lead, 24-17.
Huge turnaround for the Eagles offense and now it's time for the Eagles defense to step up and make a stop.
Michael Vick, is not playing like the Michael Vick that Philadelphia has come to know and love over the last few weeks. The Eagles offense has hit a brick wall against this number one ranked Giants defense, and is having an immense amount of trouble moving the ball.
The Eagles defense has been holding, and aside from a few penalties and a few big plays they have held the Giants in check. The Giants are trying to get their passing game moving and take the two possession lead, but the Eagles defense is holding strong.
Also, penalties on the Eagles are just killing their offensive drives. Todd Herremans has had several personal fouls on 2nd and 3rd downs, and they continue to move the Eagles in the wrong direction.
The Eagles need to turn their play around and get the ball into the endzone to give the Eagles the lead once again. Finding the endzone once with Vick under center, shows that there is something not working for the Eagles offense.
Either that, or the Giants defense really is that good.
Michael Vick's first turnover of the season off of a sack fumble, courtesy of Justin Tuck, allows the Giants to score in just two plays.
The Giants were able to burn the Eagles defense on a pass to Brandon Jacobs on the left side of the field, giving the Giants a first and goal. The next play, the Giants ran a beautiful play action pass and found Hagan wide open in the endzone.
Eli Manning performed an almsot flawless play action pass, and was able to get passed the Eagles goal line defense.
Giants lead, 17-16.
The Eagles defense made two nice stops in a row, and it looked as if the Giants would be put into another punting situation. On third and long Manning threw deep to Mario Manningham, into double coverage and Mikell was flagged with the pass interference call. This gave the Giants first and goal from their own three.
Following the PI call, the Giants ran a play action pass and Manning found his FB wide open in the endzone for the TD. A nice pass and read by Manning.
This brings the score to a one possession game and Eagles lead, 16-10.
Vick and the Eagles had a beautiful drive going and took 8:20 off of the clock, and eventually finished with another Akers field goal.
However, Vick is not looking quite as invincible against the tough Giants defense. The blitz packages are forcing some overthrows and some just flat out missed passes. Maybe it was just a bad drive, or maybe the Giants have found Vick's weakness.
Eagles lead, 16-3.
Ellis Hobbs was returning the Eagles kick and took a vicious hit from a Giants defender. Hobbs immediately was motionless on the field and was knocked out. It is important to note that it was a legal hit, although it was helmet to helmet contact.
The good news- Hobbs was seen moving and attempted to get up and walk off the field himself, but was unable to get up. But, the medical staff advised him to stay on the ground and take the utmost precaution and not risk anything.
The bad news- Hobbs has a history of neck injuries and was out the entire end of the last season with a set of neck injuries. The Eagles are deciding it to play it safe and take him off of the field on the cart.
He is giving the crowd the thumbs up sign! That is a good sign.
I'll update as soon as I know more on Hobbs' injury.
Hobbs has full use of all extremities, still no word on X-Rays as of now.
Hobbs walked out of the X-Ray room with a neck brace on. The X-Rays came back negative.
This has been an all defense game, as I guessed earlier in the game. The Eagles currently have the lead and have are just missing opportunities. The Giants just can't get anything going on offense, and their lack of points shows. Here is the halftime report card:
QB's: Eagles: B+ Giants: C+
RB's: Eagles: D Giants: B
WR's: Eagles: B Giants: D
CB's: Eagles: A+ Giants: C
LB's: Eagles: B Giants: B
Special Teams: Eagles: C Giants: D
It was a good first half. The second should not be any different. The Giants need to get something going on offense, and the Eagles need to keep this lead and put some more points onto the board.
Vick is able to pull another nice drive, but once again was not able to get the Eagles into the endzone. However, none of these drives not resulting in TD's had anything to do with Vick. On this latest drive, it was ended on a clipping call and the Eagles could not rebound.
On the field goal, the Eagles blocking broke down and Terrell Thomas was able to get the block and it was nearly returned for a touchdown. But a nice stop by Rocca and Akers to push Webster out of bounds and prevent the big play before halftime.
The score holds before halftime, Eagles lead still lead, 13-3.
Asante Samuel has another interception on Eli Manning. Peyton and Eli are both having trouble with this guy, and they just can't seem to avoid throwing the turnover. The turnovers for the Giants continue to pile up. Samuel should have a nickname, involving the Manning brothers. If you have any ideas please post at the bottom.
The Eagles started their drive at their own 15. Some how, Jason Avant was wide open in the endzone and dropped the ball. Something that almost never happens. This is just painful to see, two drives by the Eagles in the redzone and both ending in no touchdowns.
However, the Eagles were able to hit another field goal and get the two possession lead. Eagles lead, 13-7.
Ahmad Bradshaw had a huge fumble on the Eagles own 35, which gave Michael Vick and the Eagles great field position.
The Giants continue to struggle on offense, and Bradshaw now leads the NFL in fumbles with a total of six. I wouldn't be surprised to see Jacobs take over in the next drive, just to give Bradshaw a break.
Unfortunately, Jackson was open in the endzone but couldn't hold onto the TD pass and the Eagles were forced to stick with the field goal. However, Akers continues to be one of the most consistent kickers in the entire NFL and he drills the 35 yard attempt.
The Eagles have a touchdown lead, 10-3.
The Giants and Eli Manning were able to get a nice drive moving and picking up the field goal after being stopped in the redzone. This was a huge time consuming drive, draining a little over nine minutes off of the clock.
Really, the Giants just pounded the ball with Bradshaw and Jacobs and were able to pick up almost five yards on every play. That is something the Giants should keep going with. If they were able to get inside the 10 yard line, they should be able to keep it moving into the endzone.
Giants get on the board, making the score 7-3 Eagles.
The first quarter comes to a close and there are a few things that I have noticed so far in the game. The Eagles are leading 7-0 in a low scoring game so far.
1. The Giants offense is having some trouble moving the ball, should Giants fans be worried?
Well- The Giants have had two straight three and outs, so not yet. If they continue to have trouble moving the ball, than yes. Manning has had some trouble finding the open receiver, and the Eagles defense has had some great plays so far. I'll keep you up on the latest.
2. Michael Vick continues to show dominance
Michael Vick conducted an impressive drive and has shown that he can move the ball on the number one defense in the NFL. This is looking like Vick is one of the best QB's in the NFL. Showing that he can throw the ball in the pocket, but also take off on the ground.
3. Eagles defense continues to improve
The Eagles defense has shown an entire 360 degree turnaround since the beginning of the season, and it continues to show. The Giants are having trouble getting anything going on the ground and the passing defense is locking down.
4. This rivalry is still as intense as ever
The traditional dirty hits on the opposing team in the Giants vs Eagles rivalry is still there. The trademark of the series- The fight on one of the kickoffs. Good luck on keeping these guys apart, officials.
Michael Vick? Who else?
Vick is able to scramble into the endzone on what looked to be a designed QB draw play. Vick takes it in from two yards out and the Eagles jump out to a 7-0 lead.
Vick conducted a great drive, converting on several third down plays and showing his talent in the pocket. The Giants threw everything they could at Vick, blitzes, coverages, all sorts of different plays. Vick was still able to make the throws he needed.
Vick continues to show that he is now an efficient pocket passer and can get the job done. This is going to be an essential part of Vick's personal progression and also the Philadelphia Eagles success in the long run.
Great performance from Vick so far. Anyone surprised?