The Giants will head down the highway for a matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football. This will be the Giants' third consecutive NFC East game after losing to the Cowboys in Week 5 and beating Washington just a couple of days ago. This week's contest will be the team's fourth road game of the year, as they have already traveled to Chicago (Week 2), Los Angeles (Week 4) and Dallas (Week 5).
The Giants and Eagles have faced off 174 times since their first meeting back in 1933. The Giants would go on to sweep the first season series between the two franchises, defeating the Eagles 56-0 at home before traveling to Philadelphia two months later and winning 20-14. Kink Richards rushed for a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and followed that up by catching the game-winning 60-yard touchdown pass from Harry Newman in the fourth quarter to clinch the road win.
The first postseason game between the two teams took place in 1981 at Veteran's Stadium. Giants QB Scott Brunner completed just nine passes in this NFC Wild Card Game, but three went for touchdowns as the Giants defeated the Eagles, 27-21. Rob Carpenter rushed the ball 33 times for 161 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and added four receptions for 32 yards, finishing with 193 total yards from scrimmage. The Eagles had just 226 total net yards in this playoff game.
The Giants have traveled to Philadelphia and shut out the Eagles three times, with the most recent outing coming in 1983. Butch Woolfork finished the game with a whopping 43 rush attempts for 159 yards, and the Giants emerged with a 23-0 win.
In 1985, Elvin Patterson intercepted a pass thrown by Eagles QB Ron Jaworski and returned it 29 yards for the game-winning touchdown in overtime, giving the Giants a 16-10 win at Veteran's Stadium. 14 years later, Michael Strahan would intercept a pass from Doug Pederson in overtime and return it 44 yards for the game-winning score, giving the Giants yet another thrilling OT win in Philadelphia.
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The Giants' first win at Lincoln Financial Field came in 2005 when Eli Manning threw for 312 yards, Tiki Barber added 124 yards on the ground and Jay Feely kicked four field goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to give the Giants a 26-23 victory. The two teams faced off at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 2 the following season and saw a similar result. Manning completed 72 percent of his passes for 371 yards and three touchdowns, and connected with Plaxico Burress for a 31-yard score in overtime to hand the Giants a 30-24 win. Amani Toomer reeled in 12 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns in that game.
During the 2011 season, the Giants traveled down to Philadelphia for a Week 3 matchup against the Eagles. Manning would go on to complete 69.5 percent of his passes for 254 yards and four touchdowns- two to Victor Cruz, one to Ahmad Bradshaw and one to Brandon Jacobs. On the other side of the ball, the defense combined for three interceptions on Eagles QBs Michael Vick and Mike Kafka to help the Giants secure a 29-16 win.
The last time the Giants won in Philadelphia came back in 2013 thanks to a staunch defensive effort from Big Blue. The Giants held quarterbacks Matt Barkley and Michael Vick to a combined 188 passing yards while intercepting the quarterbacks once a piece. The Giants also held running back LeSean McCoy to 48 yards on 15 rush attempts (3.2 yards per carry) in the 15-7 win. The Eagles finished the game with just 200 total net yards.