The conditions were less than ideal, and although they led for most of the game, the Giants were unable to snap their losing streak in Philadelphia on Monday Night Football.
Despite holding a two-score lead at halftime, the Giants wound up falling to the Eagles in overtime, 23-17. The loss was the Giants' ninth consecutive defeat, dropping their record to 2-11. Philadelphia is now tied with the Dallas Cowboys for first place in the NFC East.
"Good start to the game, obviously. It got away from us at the end," coach Pat Shurmur said postgame. "Credit to them, they did a good job. They controlled the ball on us in the second half, and we didn't do enough to stay on the field. I think that's the story of the second half with the lead that we jumped out to."
Manning returns, moves up in record books. It was a tale of two halves for Eli Manning's first game since Week 2. After completing 11 of 19 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, the veteran quarterback went just 4 for 11 for 24 yards in the second half, finishing with 203 yards and the two scores. While the end result is surely disappointing, Manning was able to move up in the NFL record books. With this performance, the 38-year-old jumped ahead of Ben Roethlisberger to 7th all-time in both passing touchdowns (364) and passing yards (56,740).
"It's tough. Everybody's frustrated," Manning said about the general emotion of the team. "We work hard and you practice hard, and in a bunch of close games. For whatever reason, we just can't put the game away. Today, that's on us on the offense. We had a lot of opportunities to extend the lead and put it out of reach. We just need to have some longer drives. Even if you're getting field goals, you just need to have some drives and get some points to give our defense a break. We kept them on the field too long. "
Slayton's strong rookie campaign continues. Darius Slayton has had a great rookie season. The fifth-round pick out of Auburn added to his numbers against the Eagles, catching five passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns, all of which led the team. Slayton now sits atop all rookies with seven receiving touchdowns and ranks fourth with 659 receiving yards, after missing the first two games of the season. He leads the Giants in touchdowns and receiving yards and is just two receptions behind Evan Engram for the team lead.
"I think it's just pretty frustrating that we weren't able to come away with the win more than anything," Slayton said late Monday night. "You have highs and lows in games. But at the end of the day, coming away with the W is what's most important. Just trying to find a way to keep executing and get a win."
Giants tie franchise record with ninth straight loss. The Giants were up 17-3 at the half. However, they could not get anything going offensively in the second half, picking up just 30 total yards across the final two quarters. Philadelphia was able to do just enough to send the game into overtime, where they eventually emerged with the victory. The loss is the ninth consecutive for the Giants, tying the franchise record set in 1976.
"We lost nine in a row. Everyone's upset, everyone's frustrated," Saquon Barkley said. "No one likes losing, especially how many times we've lost and the way that we're losing games. We're a way more talented team than what we are, but your record shows who you are. We're not playing up to our potential and to the talent we have on this team. It sucks. It's frustrating, but we have to come to work and just figure it out."
Defense unable to come up with stops in crunch time. The Giants defense looked impressive for most of the game, continuing their recent success in stopping the run while making Carson Wentz uncomfortable in the pocket for three and one-half quarters. However, the defense allowed Philadelphia to drive for the game-tying score with just under two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. In overtime, the Eagles needed just eight plays to march 75 yards for the winning touchdown. Prior to the game-tying drive, Philadelphia had just 258 yards of total offense. That number rose to 418 by the end of overtime.
Rookie defenders do their part. After picking up 2.0 sacks in his first four games, Oshane Ximines had failed to register a sack over the next eight contests. The rookie edge rusher changed that against the Eagles. X-Man led the team with 2.0 sacks to go along with 2 solo tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 2 QB hits, and he wasn't the only rookie defender to play well. Safety Julian Love put together his third consecutive strong performance with six solo tackles and a tackle for loss. Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence recorded three solo tackles, a pass defended and a QB hit, while corner DeAndre Baker was credited with three passes defensed.
What the loss means for the Giants: At 2-11, the Giants are in last place in the NFC East. The Giants head home for a Week 15 matchup against the Miami Dolphins (3-10) at MetLife Stadium this Sunday.
What the win means for the Eagles: This was a big victory for Philadelphia, as it propelled them into a tie for first place in the division with the Dallas Cowboys at 6-7. The Eagles have three games remaining, all against the NFC East. Before taking on the Cowboys in a pivotal Week 16 showdown that will likely determine who takes the NFC East crown, Philadelphia travels to Washington to face the Redskins this Sunday.
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