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Recap: Giants fend off Eagles in 27-17 victory

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AT A GLANCE:

The Giants' long Philadelphia nightmare has ended. Riding a relentless defense and a strong rushing attack, the Giants defeated the Eagles Sunday, 27-17, in MetLife Stadium to end their four-year, eight-game losing streak to their longtime NFC East rivals. The Giants enter their bye week with a 3-7 record – the same number of victories as the division-leading Eagles. They are 3-2 in NFC East games with one remaining – at home against Dallas on Jan. 3. The Giants – winners of two straight games for the first time this season – avenged a 22-21 loss they suffered in Philadelphia on Oct. 22.

UP NEXT:

The Giants will be on their bye next week. They will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 29 in Cincinnati, the first of two consecutive road games (they will play in Seattle the following week). The home team has won all 10 games in the Giants-Bengals series and the teams have alternated victories in their last five meetings dating back to 1997. The Giants won that season and in 2008 and 2016, and the Bengals won in 2004 and 2012. They most recently met on Monday night, Nov. 14, 2016, when Eli Manning's third touchdown pass of the game, a three-yarder to Sterling Shepard early in the fourth quarter, help up for a 21-20 victory. The Giants didn't fare as well in their last road game vs. the Bengals, losing 31-13 on Nov. 11, 2012, a defeat that left them 0-6 in Cincinnati.

View photos from the Week 10 matchup between the Giants and Eagles at MetLife Stadium.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE:

The Giants rushed for 151 yards, their fifth consecutive game with more than 100 yards on the ground. Quarterback Daniel Jones led the way with 64 yards on nine carries, including a 34-yard touchdown. Wayne Gallman added 53 yards on 18 carries, two of them touchdowns.

Jones completed 21 of 28 passes for 244 yards with neither a touchdown pass nor an interception. There were no turnovers in the game.

The Giants scored their second opening-possession touchdown of the season when Jones reached the end zone on a 34-yard run on the game's eighth play. Their previous first-series touchdown was at Dallas on Oct. 11, when tight end Evan Engram scored on a one-yard run. The rushing touchdown was Jones' first since Sept. 22, 2019, when he scored on a pair of seven-yard runs – including the game-winner – at Tampa Bay in his first NFL start.

Jones' 34-yarder was the longest touchdown run by a Giants quarterback since Nov. 10, 1991, when Jeff Hostetler scored on a 47-yard run in a 21-14 victory at Phoenix.

Jones' score was the fourth-longest touchdown run by an NFL quarterback this season. Baltimore's Lamar Jackson scored on runs of 50 and 37 yards and the Jets' Sam Darnold on a 46-yard run. Jackson's 37-yarder on Oct. 18 was the most recent of those scores.

The Giants also scored a touchdown on their second possession on Gallman's two-yard, fourth-down dive over the pile on the opening play of the second quarter. It was the first time the Giants scored touchdowns on each of their first two offensive series since Dec. 22, 2019 when Jones threw a 23-yard scoring pass to Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley followed with a 67-yard touchdown run.

Gallman has scored a touchdown in four consecutive games, the longest streak by a Giants player since Saquon Barkley reached the end zone in five consecutive games in 2018. Each of Gallman's touchdowns was on the ground. He is the first Giants player to rush for a touchdown in four consecutive games since Andre Brown had a streak of six straight games in 2012-13.

Gallman rushed for a one-yard touchdown on the Giants' first offensive of the second half. It is the second time he scored two touchdowns in a game and the first time he ran for two scores. On Sept. 29, 2019, Gallman scored on a six-yard reception and a one-yard run.

Gallman is the first Giants player to rush for two touchdowns in a game since Barkley scored on runs of one and 10 yards vs. Miami on Dec. 15, 2019.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE:

The Giants defense played another strong first half, limiting the Eagles to three points and 135 total yards. It was the third consecutive game they held opponents without a first-half touchdown. That last happened from Sept 24-Oct. 11, 2015, against Washington, Buffalo and San Francisco.

The third-down defense was particularly strong for the Giants who held Philadelphia without a successful conversion attempt on nine attempts. It was the first time the Giants held their opponents without a third-down conversion since Oct. 25, 2010, when Dallas was 0-for-10 in a 41-35 Giants victory.

The Giants did not surrender a touchdown until 2:29 had elapsed in the third quarter, when Boston Scott scored on a 56-yard run. It was the longest run against the Giants since Oct. 28, 2018, when Adrian Peterson, then with Washington, scored on a 64-yard run, also in MetLife Stadium.

The defense sacked Carson Wentz three times. Jabrill Peppers led the Giants with seven tackles (six solo).

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS:

Peppers matched his season-long with a 20-yard punt return in the fourth quarter that helped set up Graham Gano's 35-yard field goal, which gave the Giants a 24-17 lead.

Gano also kicked a 44-yarder later in the quarter to extend his streak to 20 consecutive successful field goal attempts. That tied Aldrick Rosas (2018-19) for the second-longest streak in Giants history. Josh Brown is the recordholder with 29 in a row from 2014-15. Gano has not missed a field goal attempt since a 57-yard try was wide left in Chicago on Sept. 20.

INJURY REPORT:

NYG: Wide receiver Darius Slayton injured his shoulder on the game's opening series but returned to the game when the Giants next had the ball.

Right guard Kevin Zeitler, who hadn't missed a snap all season, left the game with 8:56 remaining in the fourth quarter with a concussion.

PHI: None reported

INACTIVES:

NYG: The Giants' inactive players were wide receiver Dante Pettis, linebacker TJ Brunson, offensive lineman Kyle Murphy, tackle Jackson Barton and defensive lineman RJ McIntosh.

PHI: Philadelphia's inactive players were quarterback Nate Sudfeld, wide receivers J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Quez Watkins, running back Jason Huntley, cornerback Craig James and tackle

Brett Toth.

LINEUP CHANGES:

NYG: Although Will Hernandez was in uniform after missing the previous two games while in the Reserve/Covid-19 list, rookie Shane Lemieux started his third consecutive game at left guard. Hernandez did not enter the game until Zeitler left the game in the fourth quarter. Hernandez took over at his familiar left guard spot and Lemieux moved to the right side.

PHI: No lineup changes.

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