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What does this loss mean for the Giants?

Posted Sep 25, 2017

Giants.com takes a look at the state of the team following Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Eagles:

Circus catches from Odell Beckham Jr. Capitalizing on takeaways by the defense. Seventy-yard touchdowns.

There were times in the fourth quarter that the Giants looked like the Giants they want to be. But wanting and doing are two separate things. Three scoreless quarters and situational football breakdowns were too difficult to overcome in a heartbreaking 27-24 loss to the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

“A lot of guys are disappointed right now and rightfully so,” coach Ben McAdoo said. “The game continues to teach us tough lessons that we have to learn from and learn from in a hurry and fix.”

IT WAS OVER WHEN

After Alshon Jeffery caught a 19-yard pass from Carson Wentz on the sideline with one second remaining, Eagles kicker Jake Elliott made a 61-yard field goal as time expired. This was after the Giants scored all 24 of their points in the final 13 minutes and twice took the lead.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

Take your pick. A 28-yard punt out of bounds by Brad Wing gave the ball to the Eagles at their own 38 on the final drive. The Giants were unable to stop Philadelphia on three consecutive drives to end the game while taking a 21-14 lead with 7:12 remaining and a 24-21 lead with 3:08 left on the clock.

But perhaps the toughest one to swallow was the goal-line series at the end of the first half. On fourth-and-goal at the one-yard line, the Eagles’ tough defensive front stuffed running back Orleans Darkwa behind the line of scrimmage. The play came after wide receiver Sterling Shepard nearly caught a touchdown – twice. The first was reversed by the refs, who said he didn’t cross the goal line. On the second, the second-year wide receiver did not maintain possession while falling to the ground.


STAT OF THE GAME

The Giants had 10 penalties that amounted to 137 yards, including separate pass interference calls on cornerback Eli Apple for 41 and 36 yards. Both moved the Eagles deep into Giants territory to set up touchdowns.

AROUND THE LOCKER ROOM

“This one stings obviously just because we did fight back. Down 14 in the fourth quarter, struggled offensively, didn’t finish some drives. … It’s tough. You know, it’s tough to take that loss. I am proud of the way the guys competed, they hung tough, they never got down. Rallied back to take the lead a couple times. So a tough one to swallow.” – QB Eli Manning

“It was good. There was no question, he booted it. I was praying it was going to be short. I was reminiscing of other days. It was UAB, kicked a field goal and [I] ran it back 109 [yards]. Had to write 109 miscellaneous yards in the NCAA because it never really happened before. So I was praying that he kicked it short and I was going to be able to run it back and we were going to have that feeling that they had winning in the last second. Which they came out, they fought. They fought to the very, very last second, so you have to tip your hat to them. They fought harder than we did.” -- Beckham on lining up under the crossbar for the final field goal

“Me and the [referee] had an intellectual conversation about how it was catchable and how I was kind of like the receiver on that play because I was in front of him. He thought it was pass interference. But those are the calls they make and you have to continue to play.” – Apple on his penalty in the fourth quarter

“I was man-to-man with [tight end Zach] Ertz. On that type of down, they ran a flood route to the left just trying to get yards and get out of bounds, so that was definitely a good catch. He made a good catch.” – safety Landon Collins on Jeffery’s catch to set up the winning field goal

WHAT THE LOSS MEANS FOR THE GIANTS

The Giants will be able to take away certain things offensively, but they dug themselves deeper into a 0-3 hole while Philadelphia and Washington improved to 2-1 (Dallas, which is 1-1, plays on Monday night in Arizona). Big Blue hits the road again in Week 4 for a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who fell to 1-1 with a 34-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

WHAT THE WIN MEANS FOR THE EAGLES

Just as important as improving to 2-1 overall, the Eagles are now 2-0 in the NFC East. They beat the Redskins in the opener and fell to the Chiefs in Week 2. Now they travel across the country to take on the Los Angeles Chargers, who are one of five 0-3 teams in the league.