The Giants will head down to Philadelphia to face the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. Big Blue will continue a stretch of four NFC East division games in their final five contests of the 2021 season. This week's matchup will be the team's eighth road game of the year, as they have traveled to Washington (Week 2), New Orleans (Week 4), Dallas (Week 5), Kansas City (Week 8), Tampa Bay (Week 11), Miami (Week 13), and Los Angeles (Week 14) earlier this season.
Big Blue and Philadelphia have met 177 times since their first meeting back in 1933. The Giants would go on to sweep the first season series between the two franchises, defeating the Eagles 56-0 at home before traveling to Philadelphia two months later and winning 20-14. Kink Richards rushed for a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter and followed that up by catching the game-winning 60-yard touchdown pass from Harry Newman in the fourth quarter.
The first postseason game between the two teams took place in 1981 at Veteran's Stadium. Giants QB Scott Brunner completed just nine passes in this NFC Wild Card matchup, but three went for touchdowns as the Giants defeated the Eagles, 27-21. Rob Carpenter rushed the ball 33 times for 161 yards and added four receptions for 32 yards, finishing with 193 total yards from scrimmage. The Eagles had just 226 total net yards in this playoff game.
In 1985, Elvin Patterson intercepted a pass thrown by Eagles QB Ron Jaworski and returned it 29 yards for the game-winning touchdown in overtime, giving the Giants a 16-10 win at Veteran's Stadium. 14 years later, Michael Strahan would intercept a pass from Doug Pederson in overtime and returned it 44 yards for the game-winning score, sending the Giants to yet another thrilling OT win in Philadelphia.
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The Giants' first victory at Lincoln Financial Field came in 2005 when Eli Manning threw for 312 yards, Tiki Barber added 124 yards on the ground, and Jay Feely kicked four field goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to give the Giants a 26-23 win. The two teams faced off at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 2 of the following season and saw a similar result. Manning completed 72 percent of his passes for 371 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with Plaxico Burress for a 31-yard score in overtime to hand Big Blue a 30-24 victory. Amani Toomer reeled in 12 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns in that game as well.
During the 2011 season, the Giants traveled down to Philadelphia for a Week 3 matchup against the Eagles. Manning would go on to complete 69.5 percent of his passes for 254 yards and four touchdowns. Victor Cruz also broke out onto the scene in this game, adding 110 yards and two touchdowns, including a 74-yard catch and run into the endzone. On the other side of the ball, the defense forced three interceptions by Eagles QBs Michael Vick and Mike Kafka to help the Giants secure a 29-16 win.
The last time Big Blue won in Philadelphia came back in 2013 thanks to a staunch defensive effort. The Giants held quarterbacks Matt Barkley and Michael Vick to a combined 188 passing yards, while intercepting each quarterback once. The Giants also held running back LeSean McCoy to 48 yards on 15 rush attempts (3.2 yards per carry) in the 15-7 win. The Eagles finished the game with just 200 total net yards.
Earlier this season, the Giants defeated the Eagles, 13-7, in a defensive slugfest. Big Blue's defense was stout, forcing four turnovers on Jalen Hurts and Philadelphia's offense. Xavier McKinney clinched the win for the Giants, intercepting a Hurts pass with under two minutes remaining in the game. Daniel Jones also threw for over 200 yards, and a touchdown in the victory.
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