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Instant Analysis: Giants force 4 turnovers in 13-7 victory over Eagles

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AT A GLANCE: Propelled by four takeaways, the New York Giants shut out a surging Philadelphia Eagles offense for three quarters and held on for a 13-7 victory. The Giants improved to 4-7 while the Eagles, who had won three of their four previous games, fell to 5-7.

UP NEXT: In May, the NFL announced that each team will play 17 regular-season games beginning this year, the first expansion of the schedule since it increased from 14 to 16 games in 1978. For the Giants, it meant an added trip to Miami in December. The Week 13 matchup with the Dolphins kicks off a stretch of four road games in five weeks.

View all the action from the Giants' Week 12 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE

*The news of the week was the dismissal of offensive coordinator Jason Garrett following the team's 30-10 loss in Tampa Bay on Monday night. Coach Joe Judge declined to reveal who would call plays leading up to the game, saying they are "going to handle things collaboratively in-house." On Sunday, senior offensive assistant Freddie Kitchens, who took over as the Cleveland Browns' coordinator for the final eight games of the 2018 season and was their head coach two years ago, was confirmed as the play-caller.

*Heading into Sunday, the Giants ruled out three players on their final injury report: wide receiver Sterling Shepard (quad), tight end Kaden Smith (knee) and fullback Cullen Gillaspia (calf). Shepard missed his sixth game of the season, and Smith and Gillaspia each missed their second game in a row. Rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney (quad) and tight end Kyle Rudolph (knee) were listed as doubtful and then ruled out on the gameday inactive list.

*After a three-and-out on their first possession, the Giants dialed up a flea-flicker that opened up tight end Evan Engram for a 20-yard completion on the team's second drive.

*In his second game back from an ankle injury, Saquon Barkley broke a 32-yard yard run in the second quarter, his longest carry since a 41-yarder at Washington in Week 2. His longest run in his previous four games was 17 yards. Aside from the long run, his 12 other rushes totaled eight yards. Barkley also had four catches for 13 yards.

*Signed from the practice squad this week, tight end Chris Myarick put the Giants ahead by two scores with a one-yard touchdown catch from Daniel Jones midway through the third quarter. It was his first career reception.

*Wide receiver Kenny Golladay got going in the fourth quarter with back-to-back 18-yard receptions as part of a 12-play, 70-yard drive that took more than seven minutes. It resulted in a field goal and 13-7 lead with 2:54 remaining. Golladay had 50 yards – his most since having 116 in Week 4 – on three catches and a game-high seven targets.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE

*Veteran safety Logan Ryan missed his second consecutive game on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. The defensive captain will be eligible to play next week in Miami if he is asymptomatic because he will have quarantined for more than 10 days since testing positive.

*The Giants entered with one takeaway in 12 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL. Second-year cornerback Darnay Holmes made it 13 in a row with an interception of Jalen Hurts deep in Giants territory late in the first quarter. It was Holmes' first interception of the year and second of his career.

*The Giants made a key stand in the closing seconds of the first half. Linebacker Tae Crowder intercepted a scrambling Jalen Hurts on third-and-goal from the one-yard line as the clock expired.

*Safety Xavier McKinney forced the Giants' third turnover of the day with another interception on a deep pass from Hurts in the third quarter. McKinney now has five interceptions in his second season, all of which have come at home. He had two against both the Rams and Raiders, the latter of which earned him NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

*No one was running the ball better than the Eagles heading into Sunday. Over the previous four weeks, they averaged 43.5 carries and 217.5 yards rushing per game. They also had 17 rushing touchdowns this season, tied with the Browns and Cardinals for the most in the NFL entering Week 12. The trend continued on Sunday as they racked up 201 yards on 31 carries.

*The Giants shut out the Eagles for the first three quarters after Philadelphia averaged 34.5 points per game over the past four weeks.

*Defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence made a clutch play, punching the ball out of Boston Scott's grasp and right into the hands of safety Julian Love with less than two minutes remaining in Giants territory. Overall, the Giants forced a season-high four turnovers.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS

*Graham Gano missed just his third field goal attempt of the season on a 51-yard try that went wide right early in the second quarter. Gano has made five of seven 50-yard attempts this season. Gano did make two field goals on Sunday, including a 39-yarder that put the Giants ahead 13-7 with 2:54 left in the game.

IN-GAME INJURY REPORT

NYG: LB Trent Harris (ankle), CB Adoree' Jackson (quad), CB Darnay Holmes (chest)

PHI: C Jason Kelce (knee), T/G Jack Driscoll (ankle)

INACTIVES

NYG: FB Cullen Gillaspia (calf), WR Sterling Shepard (quad), TE Kaden Smith (knee), G Wes Martin, TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle), WR Kadarius Toney (quad)

PHI: QB Reid Sinnett, RB Jordan Howard (knee), CB Kary Vincent, CB Tay Gowan (quad), DT Marlon Tuipulotu, CB Mac McCain

View photos of the special halftime ceremony honoring Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan.

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