EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For about five minutes of the opening quarter of the game, the New York Giants
looked like they would be unstoppable this week in their quest for their first win of the 2013 campaign.
However, it was not meant to be as the Philadelphia Eagles
came out the survivor of a 36-21 decision at MetLife Stadium as Nick Foles
threw for two touchdowns and led four scoring drives after taking over for an injured Michael Vick
late in the second quarter,
Three fourth-quarter turnovers by quarterback Eli Manning
led to 14 Eagles points which completely erased any positive feelings gained on running back David Wilson
's 5-yard touchdown on the Giants' opening possession.
The Eagles would ultimately overcome the 7-0 Giants lead in the second quarter thanks to a 1-yard touchdown run by LeSean McCoy
and two field goals by kicker Alex Henery
Turnovers continue to hurt the Giants.
The first turnover came when Giants running back Brandon Jacobs lost the ball at his 48, which led to another Henery field goal to make the score 19-7 at the half.
The Giants tried to fight back in the third quarter, taking a 21-19 lead thanks to two Manning touchdown passes to Rueben Randle. However, a 27-yard pass interference penalty called against Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara against DeSean Jackson, contributed to the 57-yard, eight-play Eagles scoring drive cumulating on a 41-yard field goal by Henery to make it 22-21.
From there, the Eagles never looked back. Manning had three consecutive interceptions on drives in the fourth quarter, the Eagles capitalizing on two of them with touchdowns receptions by tight end Brent Celek and Jackson to make it 36-21.
The loss drops New York to 0-5, their worst start since in a non-strike season since 1979, when they finished 6-10. The loss, their second against the NFC East, also puts a severe dent in any postseason hopes the Giants might have as no team has ever started a season 0-5 and rebounded to make the playoffs.
The 36 points scored by the Eagles marked the fifth straight game this season the Giants have allowed 30 or more points to an opponent.
The Giants will head to Chicago to face the Bears on Thursday Night Football. The Eagles will visit Tampa Bay, which will be coming off their bye week, on Sunday.
NOTES: David Wilson suffered a neck injury late in the first quarter and did not return. ... Eagles quarterback Michael Vick pulled his left hamstring on a second-quarter run and did not return. ... LeSean McCoy's 46 rushing yards helped improve his 2013 season total to 514, a new Eagles franchise record for the most rushing yards gained in the first five games.
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