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Recap: Giants lose late lead, fall 22-21 to Eagles



The Giants were less than five minutes from burying all their Philadelphia demons on Thursday night but couldn't finish the job and suffered a heartbreaking defeat. Owning an 11-point lead with less than five minutes remaining, they surrendered two late touchdowns, including the game-winner with 40 seconds remaining, and lost to the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, 22-21. It was the Giants' eighth consecutive loss to the Eagles and seventh defeat in a row in Philadelphia. The Giants fell to 1-6, while Philadelphia moved into first place in the NFC East at 2-4-1.

Running back Boston Scott scored the game-winning touchdown on an 18-yard pass from Carson Wentz, who threw for 359 yards and two scores.

The Giants hurt themselves with a dropped pass on third down by tight end Evan Engram with 2:09 remaining, which gave the Eagles the ball for their final possession, and five late penalties.

Philadelphia clinched the victory when Vinny Curry recovered a Daniel Jones fumble that was forced by Brandon Graham.


The Giants will have 10 days off before they return to action on Monday night, Nov. 2, against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in MetLife Stadium. After losing to Pittsburgh on Kickoff Weekend, the Giants are 25-42-1 on Monday nights, including 9-12 at home. This is the first time in the 51-year history of Monday Night Football the Giants will host two Monday night games in the same season. The Giants and Buccaneers will meet for the fourth year in a row and the fifth time in six seasons. The last three games between the teams were decided by a total of six points, including the Giants' 32-31 victory in Raymond James Stadium on Sept. 22, 2019 in Daniel Jones' first career start.


Daniel Jones, making his first career start in Philadelphia, led a 15-play, 97-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter that ended with his two-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard. It was the Giants' longest touchdown drive since Nov. 24, 2019, when they needed 11 plays to travel 97 yards to a touchdown.

Jones had the longest run by a quarterback in Giants' history when he scampered for an 80-yard gain to set up a touchdown in the third quarter. Jones could have had an 88-yard run, but he stumbled and fell at the Eagles' eight-yard line. Wayne Gallman scored three plays later to give the Giants a 14-10 lead.

Jones' 80-yarder was the longest run by an NFL quarterback since Tennessee's Marcus Mariota scored on an 87-yard run against Jacksonville on Dec. 6, 2015.

Last Sunday against Washington, Jones ran for 49 yards, which was then the longest ground gain by a Giants quarterback in the Super Bowl era. Four days later, he beat it by 31 yards.

*Jones' run tied for the fourth-longest in Giants history and the second-longest that was not a touchdown:

95: Tiki Barber, at Oakland, Dec. 31, 2005 (TD)

91: Hap Moran, vs. Green Bay, Nov. 23, 1930

88: Ahmad Bradshaw, at Buffalo, Dec. 23, 2007(TD)

80: Eddie Price, at Philadelphia, Dec. 9, 1951 (TD)

80: Daniel Jones, at Philadelphia, Oct. 22, 2010

Gallman scored his first touchdown since Sept. 29, 2019, when he had scores both rushing and receiving in a victory against Washington.

Golden Tate found the end zone. The veteran wide receiver scored his first touchdown of the season on a 39-yard reception with 4:13 remaining in the first quarter when he caught a Daniel Jones pass and used his strength to prevent cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc from stealing it. Tate was the first Giants player other than Darius Slayton to catch a touchdown pass this season.

The touchdown was Tate's first he scored on a 20-yard pass from Jones since the Giants' previous game against Philadelphia on Dec. 29, 2019.


James Bradberry continues to be one of the NFL's best cornerbacks. He intercepted his third pass of the season – tying him with two others for the league's second-highest total, when he picked off a Carson Wentz pass in the end zone with 4:46 remaining in the second quarter. Wentz scrambled left away from a Giants rush and overthrew a high-arcing pass intended for John Hightower. Bradberry caught ball near the sideline and kept his feet inbounds for his second takeaway in as many games.

A strong pass rush by linebacker Devante Downs forced Wentz into a desperation pass that resulted in an intentional grounding penalty with 11 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

The defense had a big stand in the fourth quarter after the Eagles had a first-and-goal at the Giants' nine-yard line. On fourth-and-three, Logan Ryan knocked away a Wentz pass intended for tight end Hakeem Butler.

However, the unit was not as successful on Philadelphia's next possession. Wentz hooked up with wide receiver John Hightower for a 59-yard completion and with Greg Ward for a three-yard touchdown. But the quarterback came up short on an attempted two-point conversion and the score remained 21-16.

But after a Giants punt, the defense allowed Philadelphia to drive 71 yards in six plays, the longest a 30-yard pass to Richard Rodgers. On the deciding play, Scott got a step on safety Jabrill Peppers and caught Wentz's perfectly-thrown pass.


The Giants' punt team appeared to miss an opportunity to pick up a first down at the end of the Giants' first offensive series. The Eagles appeared disorganized and left gunner Corey Ballentine uncovered. Punter Riley Dixon motioned as if he wanted to throw to him, but Ballentine didn't seem to recognize what happened and never looked at Dixon, who kicked a 43-yard punt.

As they did last week against Washington, the Giants continued to utilize shorter kickoffs. Graham Gano's first kickoff traveled just 51 yards to the 14-yard line but Jason Huntley returned it 16 yards to the 30.

The Giants caught a break with 15 seconds remaining in the first half when Jake Elliott – who kicked a 61-yarder against them in Philly three years ago - missed a 29-yard field goal attempt. He had been 20-for-20 on field goal tries inside 30 yards in his career.


NYG: Safety Jabrill Peppers briefly left the game in the first quarter. He has been battling an ankle sprained that forced him to miss one game. Devonta Freeman suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter.

PHI: Right tackle Lane Johnson started, left the game with a recurring ankle injury, returned and then departed for good in the fourth quarter. He was replaced by Matt Pryor.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson left the game in the fourth quarter with a leg injury suffered when he was tackled on a punt return.


NYG: The Giants' inactive players were wide receiver C.J. Board (concussion), cornerback Darnay Holmes (neck), safety Adrian Colbert (shoulder), tackle Jackson Barton, tight end Eric Tomlinson. DL RJ McIntosh and defensive end Jabaal Sheard.

Holmes, the Giants' fourth-round draft choice this season, missed his first game of the season. He started two of the first six games. Board started three of the last four games and was inactive for the first time this season. Colbert missed his second straight games and fourth of the year. Sheard joined the team this week.

PHI: Philadelphia's inactive players were running back Miles Sanders, wide receivers Alshon Jeffrey and Quez Watkins, defensive tackle Malik Jackson, quarterback QB Nate Sudfeld, safety K'Von Wallace and tackle Jack Driscoll.


NYG: First-round draft choice Andrew Thomas returned to the starting lineup four days after he was replaced by fellow rookie Matt Peart for missing a Saturday night team meeting.

Downs returned to the starting lineup in place of Tae Crowder, who was placed on injured reserve this week with a hamstring injury after scoring the game-winning touchdown against Washington. Downs started three of the season's first four games.

David Mayo replaced Downs at the start of the second half but Downs returned for the next series.

With Holmes sidelined, Logan Ryan played in the slot and Julian Love started at free safety next to Jabrill Peppers. Holmes had been a reserve since starting the season's first two games.

PHI: Wide receiver DeSean Jackson started after missing three previous games with a hamstring injury.

Lane Johnson, the Eagles' right tackle for most of the last eight years, returned to the field after missing Sunday's game against Baltimore with a ankle injury.

View photos from the Week 7 matchup between the Giants and Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.


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