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Instant Analysis: Jake Fromm makes first NFL start

AT A GLANCE: With quarterback Jake Fromm making his first NFL start, the New York Giants' woes on offense continued in a 34-10 road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants, who allowed 34 unanswered points after taking a 3-0 lead, fell to 4-11 on the season while the Eagles improved to 8-7 and kept their postseason hopes alive.

UP NEXT: The Giants will play their fourth road game in five weeks when they travel to take on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. This is the fourth consecutive season – and fifth out of six – the Giants face the NFC North foes. They split those meetings 2-2, with the home team winning each time.

View all the action from the Week 16 NFC East matchup between the Giants and Eagles in Philadelphia.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE

*Daniel Jones' season officially ended Monday when the Giants placed the third-year quarterback on injured reserve. Jones has missed the last three games with a neck injury he suffered in a victory against Philadelphia on Nov. 28. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who tore his Achilles tendon in the fourth quarter of last week's loss to Dallas, was also placed on injured reserve.

"Over the course of the past few weeks, Daniel has been examined by Dr. Frank Cammisa of Hospital for Special Surgery and Dr. Robert Watkins of the Marina Spine Center at Marina Del Rey Hospital," said Ronnie Barnes, the Giants' senior vice president of medical services. "Our medical team has continued to consult with Dr. Cammisa and Dr. Watkins regarding Daniel's condition and symptoms, and at this point, Daniel has not been cleared for contact. We felt the prudent decision was to place Daniel on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. With continued rest and treatment, we expect a full recovery."

"There have been a lot of discussions and conversations between the organization and the medical team concerning Daniel Jones and his return to play," coach Joe Judge said. "Over the last 24 hours, there has been a lot more conversation and based on the information from the medical team and their belief in a timetable for Daniels' full recovery, and their belief with rest and treatment that he'll return to full health, they deemed that the remainder of this season he should be shut down to give him that time to heal."

*Judge declined to reveal publicly in the build-up to the game if Mike Glennon or Jake Fromm, the second-year pro from the University of Georgia, would start against the Eagles. But when the Giants lined up for their first snap on Sunday, it was Fromm making his first NFL start after joining the team on Dec. 1. Fromm, originally a fifth-round draft pick by the Bills in 2020, made his professional debut last week in the closing minutes of a runaway loss to Dallas. Glennon started the previous three games in place of Jones.

*The Giants had not started three quarterbacks in the same season since 1992 (Phil Simms, Jeff Hostetler, Kent Graham).

*Fromm completed six of 17 passes for 25 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Glennon replaced him midway through the third quarter with the Giants trailing 13-3 and completed 17 of 27 passes for 93 yards with a touchdown and an interception, which the Eagles returned for a touchdown.

*The Giants have averaged 11.5 points in the past six games since their bye week.

*The Giants made a series of roster moves on Saturday. Linebacker Cam Brown and cornerback Aaron Robinson were activated from Reserve/COVID-19. Offensive tackle Nate Solder and nose tackle Danny Shelton were placed on Reserve/COVID-19. Defensive back Darqueze Dennard, defensive tackle David Moa, wide receiver David Sills, and tackle Isaiah Wilson were activated from the practice squad (COVID replacements). Linebacker Omari Cobb was terminated from the practice squad, and defensive back Natrell Jamerson was restored to the practice quad from the COVID-19 list.

*Matt Peart made his sixth career start in place of Solder at right tackle. The second-year pro's previous starting experience included four games at left tackle and one at right tackle. Peart then went down with a left knee sprain with 4:31 remaining in the first quarter and did not return. Korey Cunningham replaced him.

*Rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney played for the first time since Monday Night Football in Week 11 at Tampa Bay. The first-round pick dealt with quad and oblique injuries before a stint on the Reserve/COVID-19 list last week.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE

*Coming off arguably the best game of his career, linebacker Lorenzo Carter had another strong game with a strip-sack (which the Eagles recovered) and a pass breakup. Last week, he sacked Cowboys QB Dak Prescott twice and became the sixth player in franchise history with at least 30 career quarterback hits, 10.0 sacks and 10 passes defensed.

*James Bradberry joined Jason Sehorn (2000-01) as the only players in franchise history with at least 15 passes defensed in consecutive seasons.

*Led by dual-threat quarterback Jalen Hurts, the Eagles last week became the first team to rush for at least 175 yards in seven consecutive games since the 1985 Bears (also a first in Eagles franchise history). While the Giants ended the streak on Sunday, they failed to force any turnovers after having four takeaways in their first meeting with the Eagles.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS

*Graham Gano extended his franchise single-season record with a seventh made field goal from 50+ yards.

IN-GAME INJURY REPORT

NYG: OT Matt Peart (left knee sprain)

PHI: S K'Von Wallace (hip), RB Miles Sanders (hand)

INACTIVES

NYG: WR Collin Johnson (hamstring), RB Gary Brightwell (neck), LB Oshane Ximines (COVID ramp up), G Ben Bredeson (ankle)

PHI: QB Reid Sinnett, DB Kary Vincent, CB Tay Gowan, DT Marlon Tuipulotu

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