One of the most entertaining games of the season deserved an even better ending.
The Eagles defeated the Giants 45-38 Sunday night in a wild contest that included five touchdowns over 60 yards, including two by DeSean Jackson.
The Giants got the ball back one last time with only 25 seconds left and 95 yards to go before Eli Manning lost a fumble. Eagles defensive end Trent Cole then threw a couple of punches at Giants center Shaun O’Hara, an incident that will surely get the league’s attention.
It was the highest scoring game in the 150-game Eagles-Giants series, and the final regular season one played in Giants Stadium.
Ultimately, it was Philadelphia’s ability to eat the clock with a long drive that proved decisive. After a wild five minutes of football in the third quarter that included three touchdowns, the Eagles and Giants traded short drives.
Donovan McNabb, enjoying a very consistent season, then led Philadelphia on a 12-play, 91-yard touchdown march that took up half a quarter.
Michael Vick was involved on two useful plays during that drive; he also rushed for a touchdown and threw a 32-yard pass during the win. Vick’s usage and effectiveness have picked up the last two weeks. He’s getting consistent action in the red zone.
New York’s secondary continues to allow big plays, but Philadelphia wasn’t much better. The Giants racked up 512 yards of total offense.
The Eagles are now in control of the NFC East with a 9-4 record. They host San Francisco this week, while the 8-5 Cowboys head to New Orleans.
The 7-6 Giants hold the tiebreaker over Dallas and must now look towards the last Wild Card spot.
And that, my friends, wraps another fun Sunday. Thanks as always for spending some of it on PFT.