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Instant Analysis: Giants lose OT thriller to Eagles in Eli Manning's return

AT A GLANCE: The all-time series between the New York Giants and Philadelphia was tied, 83-83-2 (2-2 postseason), since it began in 1933. It only made sense the 173rd overall meeting went to overtime.

In Eli Manning's return to the starting lineup, the Giants jumped out to an early lead with long touchdown passes to Darius Slayton. But they allowed 17 unanswered points to the Eagles after halftime, including a two-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz to Zach Ertz to win the game in overtime. The Giants lot their ninth consecutive game to fall to 2-11.

UP NEXT: The Giants host the Miami Dolphins, who fell to 3-10 on Sunday with a one-point loss to the New York Jets – at MetLife Stadium. The Giants are 6-2 all-time against the Dolphins and have won their last three meetings.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE:

*Quarterback Daniel Jones, who suffered a moderate high ankle sprain in Week 13 vs. Green Bay, was unable to practice all week and was ruled out for Monday night. Eli Manning consequently returned to the starting role for the first time since the rookie succeeded him in Week 3. Manning completed 15 of 30 passes for 203 yards and two long touchdowns to sensational rookie Darius Slayton. Manning, who had 37 game-winning drives in the regular season before Monday night, had an opportunity for another with a tie game and under two minutes remaining. But the Giants were forced to go three-and-out and punt it back to the Eagles before the end of regulation. 

*Manning surpassed Ben Roethlisberger in two categories on Monday night to move into seventh place in NFL history. With an eight-yard completion to Sterling Shepard late in the first quarter, he moved ahead of his Steelers counterpart (56,545) for seventh place on the all-time passing yards list. On his second score to Darius Slayton, Manning then jumped Roethlisberger (363) for the seventh-most touchdowns all-time.

*According to NFL Research, Slayton became the first rookie to have multiple games of 100+ receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in a single season since 2014, when three players did it: Mike Evans, Allen Hurns and Odell Beckham Jr. Slayton's 154 yards in the first half were the most by a Giant since Plaxico Burress had 174 yards in the first two quarters against the Rams on Oct. 2, 2005. Slayton, however, did not have a catch in the second half or overtime.

*Saquon Barkley rushed for 66 yards on 17 carries and added one more yard on three receptions.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE:

*The Giants placed safety Jabrill Peppers (back) and linebacker Chris Peace (knee) on injured reserve this week. The two openings on the roster were filled by safety Sean Chandler (signed off the practice squad) and linebacker Kareem Martin (activated off injured reserve).

*Markus Golden added to his team lead with a sack on the opening drive to force a punt. The Giants made another stand on fourth-and-one on Philadelphia's next possession. Carson Wentz tried to sneak it up the middle, but defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson forced a fumble and linebacker David Mayo recovered. The Giants allowed just three points in the first half for the third time this season (Week 4 vs. Washington, Week 12 at Chicago).

*Rookie Oshane Ximines doubled his season sack total with two on Monday night. They were his first since Week 4.

*The Giants gave up 14 unanswered points in the second half for the second week in a row. Philadelphia tied the game with a two-yard touchdown pass from Wentz to tight end Zach Ertz with 1:53 remaining. It capped a 14-play, 85-yard drive that spanned over six minutes. The Eagles' offense continued to roll in overtime as they marched 75 yards down the field on the first possession, capping it with a two-yard touchdown catch by Ertz to win the game.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE SPECIAL TEAMS:

*The Giants announced Sunday that punter Riley Dixon signed a three-year contract extension. In his first season with the Giants in 2018, he set a team record with a 41.8-yard net average.

INJURY REPORT: PHI – WR Alshon Jeffery (foot), OT Lane Johnson (ankle), CB Jalen Mills (elbow)

INACTIVES: NYG – QB Daniel Jones (ankle), TE Rhett Ellison (concussion), CB Corey Ballentine (concussion), TE Evan Engram (foot), RB Wayne Gallman, G Chad Slade, OT Eric Smith. PHI – LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (concussion), WR Nelson Agholor (knee), DE Derek Barnett (ankle), RB Jordan Howard (shoulder), DE Shareef Miller, G Nate Herbig, G Sua Opeta.

LINEUP CHANGES: NYG – Eli Manning for Jones at QB, Kaden Smith for Engram at TE, Scott Simonson for Ellison at TE, Julian Love for Jabrill Peppers (IR) at SS. PHI – T.J. Edwards for Grugier-Hill at OLB, Vinny Curry for Barnett at DE, Greg Ward for Agholor at WR.

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