Philadelphia Eagles: Birds Beat Giants 27-17, Stand Alone Atop of the NFC East

Mike BurkeCorrespondent INovember 21, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 21:  Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after an interception in the second quarter against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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This wasn’t anywhere near the same kind of game the Eagles had last week against the Redskins. They didn’t score on the first play of the game or build up a big lead, but they did look like the better team early on in the game.

The Eagles took a 13-3 lead to halftime, but left a lot of points on the board. Besides the field goal that was blocked as the half ended, Jason Avant and DeSean Jackson both dropped balls that could have been touchdowns. There were opportunities to drop the hammer early on, but the Eagles failed to take advantage.

In the second half, the Eagles looked a little bit flat as Vick couldn’t work his magic against a stingy Giants defense. The Eagles defense allowed the Giants to come back and take their first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter.

However, the Eagles weren’t about to give up. Facing a fourth down situation with under five minutes remaining in the game, the Birds had no chance but to go for it. An offsides call on the Giants created a 4th-and-1 situation, where Vick pitched the ball to LeSean McCoy who busted off a 50-yard touchdown to get the lead back. A two-point conversion from Vick to Jason Avant put the Eagles back on top 24-17.

With the Giants looking to bounce back, Asante Samuel recorded his second interception of the game, uet fumbled the ball back to the Giants during the return. The Eagles then forced a fourth down situation where Eli Manning scrambled for a first down, but fumbled the football which the Eagles recovered.

Some more clutch running by McCoy led to an additional field goal for the Eagles—giving them a two score lead. The Giants got the ball with very limited time, and Stewart Bradley intercepted Manning to end the game.

The Eagles now stand alone atop the NFC East with a record of 7-3. More to come on the game later.