Giants 29, Eagles 16: A Quick Look Back

Here is a quick look back at some of the highlights of Sunday's 29-16 victory by the New York Giants over the Philadelphia Eagles.

It Was Over When ...

Giants' safety Kenny Phillips intercepted a Mike Kafka pass with 1:49 remaining and the Giants ahead, 29-16. The Eagles were out of timeouts and the Giants just did three kneel downs to secure the victory.

Turning Point 

Leading 16-14 the Eagles faced fourth-and-one at the Giants' 43-yard line with 11:43 to play. Rather than punt and try to pin the struggling New York offense deep in its own territory, Philadelphia coach Andy Reid chose to go for the first down. LeSean McCoy was stopped for a three-year loss by Giants linebacker Michael Boley.

Seven plays later Victor Cruz outfought two Eagles, including Nnamdi Asomugha, to haul in a 28-yard touchdown pass. A successful two-point conversion gave the Giants a 22-16 lead they never relinquished.

Three Good Stats

  1. Zero Turnovers -- The Giants had little margin for error against the Eagles, and they did not make any critical offensive mistakes. The Giants have now won six of their last seven games when they do not turn the ball over.
  2. Eli Manning's 145.7 QB Rating -- This was the highest QB rating Manning ever recorded while playing the full game. He went 16-for-23 for 254 yards and four touchdowns.
  3. Holding Philly to 1-for-5 in the Red Zone -- The Giants intercepted Michael Vick once in the end zone, had a goal line stand from inside the one-yard line on another possession and forced two field goals.

Three Bad Stats

  1. Time Of Possession -- The Eagles controlled the ball for 36:51, compared to 23:09 for the Giants. It was New York, however, that came up with the quick-strike plays on offense.
  2. 177 Yards Rushing Allowed -- The Giants had given up just 194 yards rushing in their first two games combined. LeSean McCoy of Philadelphia ran for 128 yards on 24 carries.
  3. Three Sacks Allowed -- The Giants have surrendered nine sacks in three games. That is a lot more pressure on Manning than the Giants have allowed in recent years.

Three Stars

  1. Victor Cruz -- Making his first career start with Mario Manningham sidelined and Domenik Hixon out for the year he caught three balls for 110 yards and two touchdows. The first TD was a 74-yard catch and run, the second a beautiful 28-yard grab at the goal line in which he out-fought two Philadelphia defenders.
  2. Eli Manning -- Threw four touchdown passes, had a 145.7 QB rating (best of his career) and avoided the mistakes that have plagued him the past couple of seasons. 
  3. Aaron Ross -- Two interceptions one week after being benched for poor play. The first interception killed an Eagles scoring opportunity deep in Giants' territory, the second helped preserve the fourth-quarter lead.

Next Week

The Giants travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals (4:05 p.m. ET).

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