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article imageNFL: Giants shut the Eagles up with a 29-16 victory

By Austin Tyler     Sep 26, 2011 in Sports
Philadelphia - The trash talk for this game started in the preseason, and continued on all the way up to today’s game. The New York Giants took a tough loss last year at the hand of the Philly Eagles, but today revenge was avenged with a 29-16 win.
The [url=http:// t=_blank]Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) hosted the New York Giants (2-1) for a Week 3 bitter rival matchup that put two teams on the field that really have a strong dislike for one another. You could tell by watching the game as some of the hits just look more vicious than usual, and there were some on the field scuffles that led to penalties.
New York got the ball first and went three and out on their opening drive as they were not able to move the ball at all. Philadelphia took over and began to move the ball as they went 59-yards on their drive before Michael Vick (16/23, 176, 1 Int) through an interception. Vick had his pass picked off by Aaron Ross giving the ball right back to the Giants.
Eli Manning (16/23, 254 yards, 4 TD’s) brought the Giants offense back out and moved the ball 73-yards on this drive. The Giants took advantage of the turnover as it took them six plays to score the game first touchdown. Manning hit Brandon Jacobs (2 receptions, 42 yards, 1 TD) for a big gain of 40-yards and a touchdown. Jacobs gave the Giants an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Eagles came out and tried to get the ball moving again, but was held in check as they were forced to punt the ball away. The Giants took over and gave the ball to Jacobs (7 carries, 19 yards) to start the drive. Manning then dropped back and hit Victor Cruz (3 receptions, 110 yards, 2 TD’s) for a 74-yard boom that gave them a quick 14-0 lead.
The second quarter started and the Eagles got it going as they moved the ball 77-yards on this drive. The drive took 8:02 seconds as they went down the field in 15-plays. LaSean McCoy (24 carries, 128 yards, 1 TD) did most of the damage for the Eagles on this drive, but could not get in the endzone. Alex Henery came on to kick a 21-yard field-goal for the Eagles to make it 14-3.
The Giants took over on the ensuing drive, and tried to get their offense going as they moved the ball 51-yards. New York got a big run from Ahmad Bradshaw (15 carries, 86 yards) who busted up the middle for a 37-yard gain on the drive. The drive then stalled and the Giants tried to go for it on fourth down, but came up short as Travis Beckham could not keep his feet on the only catch he had for two-yards.
Philly took over on downs and capitalized on the drive as they moved the ball 60-yards on 7 plays. Vick fumbled the ball on one possession and ran for 5-yards. He then got to big plays from McCoy and one was a touchdown. McCoy ran the ball in from 11-yards out to score and make it a 14-10 game.
With 1:54 left in the half, the Giants tried to move the ball, but indeed up losing a yard on the drive and were forced to punt. The Eagles took over, and moved the ball 35-yards to try and score before the half was over. Vick hit Jeremy Maclin (5 receptions, 69 yards) for 24-yard pass over the middle. Vick then fumbled the ball during the drive and got it back, and the Eagles kick team rushed on the field and Henery made another field-goal. Henery kicked in a 38-yard field-goal that made it a 14-13 game.
The Eagles opened the half with the ball, but neither team could move it as both of Eagles and Giants punted on their opening drives. Eagles got the ball back and moved the ball pretty good to get in scoring position. The Eagles moved the ball 67-yards, but could not get in the endzone. Philly had the ball on the Giants two-yard line and could not get it in. The Eagles had to settle for a field-goal by Henery who gave them the lead 16-14 off a 21-yard field-goal.
The Giants went three and out on the ensuing drive losing three-yards before punting to the Eagles. The Eagles had no luck with the ball either as they went five plays and out before having to punt the ball away.
New York next drive was a good one as they went 54-yards and it ended in a touchdown. Bradshaw did most of the moving with his legs before Manning hit Cruz with a 28-yard touchdown pass. Cruz caught the ball over two defenders and fell in the endzone to give the Giants a 20-16 lead. The play was reviewed but upheld to give Cruz his second touchdown of the game. The Giants then went for a two-point conversion and Jacobs ran it in to give them a 22-16 lead.
Vick broke his hand on the drive before this one and sat out the rest of the game. Mike Kafka (4/7, 35 yards, 2 Int’s) came in and threw an interception on his first play of the game. Ross got his second interception of the day and gave the ball right back to the Giants. The Giants took the ball and moved it 51-yards and scored on the drive. Manning hit Bradshaw on a screen pass that he took 18-yards to score the touchdown. The Giants took a 29-16 lead and the game was over.
Kafka moved the ball 42-yards on the ensuing drive, but the game was ended with an interception by the Giants. Kenny Phillips picked off the pass and returned 13-yards before falling to the turf. The Giants took knees to end the game and the time ran out.
At the end of the game during a press conference Vick took it upon his-self to vent and air his frustrations about being hit late and not getting a flag thrown. This is the second season that this has happen as Head Coach Andy Reid brought this same issue up last season. Vick said that he is not complaining, but just making people aware. Vick was hit late in this game and the hit ended up breaking his right non-throwing hand in the process.
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