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Eagles take control of NFC East

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.

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52 Responses to “Eagles take control of NFC East”
  1. igglesfan74 says: Dec 14, 2009 12:06 AM

    Wooooooo!!!! Way to go birds! Clawed their way to the top, keep rolling boys. Toughness, pride, and heart. Finish the season strong.

  2. Akshun says: Dec 14, 2009 12:06 AM

    Ohara shouldnt be crying to the refs when he starts pushing people in the face first, he deserved to get punched trying to get tough at the end of the game like he did and then going off and crying like a school girl when something happened..

  3. phillyburdzfan says: Dec 14, 2009 12:08 AM

    What’s your thinking on Trent Cole’s punishment?
    I expect a nice $25k fine, but no suspension. Thoughts?

  4. bigtrav425 says: Dec 14, 2009 12:10 AM

    Great game…Philly needs to get their run blocking a lil bit better for them to go far in the playoffs etc.It hasnt looked to well lately….On a side not Vick’s pass looked pretty damn good.If he can do that id like to maybe see him to come to Cleveland so we can get rid of Brady but then again id take Ryan Leaf right now to get this Douche out of Cleveland

  5. lithiumfx26 says: Dec 14, 2009 12:14 AM

    Goodnight New York.

  6. PhillyBirds says: Dec 14, 2009 12:14 AM

    no giants or cowboys fans can talk anymore its official.. first place birds.. watch out for us in the playoffs

  7. Hooby says: Dec 14, 2009 12:16 AM

    anyone else notice the giants playing with abolutely 0 class? fights every other drive, late hits, the desean jackson headbutt, pandering to the crowd, tom coughlin yelling at people, etc etc
    id say they either were bitter that they lost in the eagles last game at giants stadium OR they need to change their collective tampon.
    so basicly the giants and the cowboys are going titanic while the eagles are going red baron (early 2oth century references. i thank you)…any doubt that the eagles are who we thought they were (dennis green. i thank you)?
    they win when they have to, they ahve all sorts of funky plays with vick (whos proven he can score), mcnabbs been on fire with his deep ball and not as bad with his short ball, our receivers are flying, our run game finally has all complements necessary…
    eagles def chargers, 24-14
    YES, IVE CALLED IT

  8. this class sucks says: Dec 14, 2009 12:24 AM

    TO said he wants to come back to the Niners. Florio get on this story pronto.

  9. Route36West says: Dec 14, 2009 12:32 AM

    Desean Jackson is SO FAST.
    How Fast is HE?
    Desean Jackson is so fast that Usain Bolt asks him for tips on how to run faster

  10. Route36West says: Dec 14, 2009 12:37 AM

    All the Eagles need is 1 more win and their in the playoffs
    They are currently the 3rd seed at 9-4
    The Cowboys are the 6th seed at 8-5
    The 7th seed is the Giants at 7-6
    The 8th seed is the Falcons at 6-7
    So if the Eagles win 1 more that would put them at 10-6 for the Season. Even if the Cowboys win the division that would put the Eagles at the 6th seed with the Falcons and Giants unable to break through.

  11. cobrala2 says: Dec 14, 2009 12:42 AM

    O’Hara/Cole wasn’t even the beginning of it. A Giants OL threw a sucker-donkey punch to one of the Eagles’ DL – I’m pretty sure neither was O’Hara/Cole – the TV crew just focused on those two.
    Officiating was odd tonight. Favored Giants heavily in first half and Eagles heavily in second. I don’t know how they kept the clock running late in the 4th twice on some sideline tackles that to me looked like the Giant player was out of bounds.
    Although the Eagles’ 4th qtr. drive showed yet another demonstration that they’re learning to finish the game (can anyone believe it???) their defense is completely out of sorts and the Giants’ playcalling and Eli’s focus on the deep ball IMO shows they saw blood when watching film and they knew exactly how to exploit the Eagles’ secondary. Of course it helps when Samuel and Jones completely puss out and tackle as poorly as they did.
    Anyways, I liken this game to the MNF game last year early on between Cowboys and Eagles – another shootout but only one team figures out how to seal the deal in the end.
    I presume the press will completely ignore the officiating’s effup at the end of the 2nd qtr when the Eagles clearly had right to kick a FG but they closed the half just cuz???
    …anyone want to bet they figured that out during the half and the guilt persuaded their calling 2nd half…?

  12. sultanofslot says: Dec 14, 2009 12:53 AM

    Big win for the Birds! This is looking more and more like the best team we’ve had since 2004.

  13. Raider Pride says: Dec 14, 2009 12:54 AM

    It was a truly great game to watch.
    Up, up again, down, down again again… and up again. Side ways to the left, Side ways to the right, Up again, then almost down again.
    Good for the Eagles… Good for Vick to make a few great plays…
    It was just enjoyable. More than enjoyable actually. One hell of a game.
    BUT IT DOES NOT MEAN SHIT…
    Right Now THE PACKERS ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS TEAM IN THE N.F.C.
    Yes they will be in Miami. The Packers are on a roll, and have fate behind them as the YOUNGEST, as well as the most energized team in the N.F.L
    I wish I could say that about my RAIDERS. But I can not.
    Packers are going to win the Superbowl. That is a fact. They just are clicking… in a very scary way as a team.

  14. Dillon760 says: Dec 14, 2009 1:03 AM

    The mighty Eagles who lost to the Raiders…..yes those Eagles….
    NFC East is a crap divison with 4 crap teams

  15. Route36West says: Dec 14, 2009 1:06 AM

    Im starting to Believe Tom Heckert when he said before training camp that the Eagles might have the best team in the league(or something like that).
    Remember when he said that he still had Stewart Bradely, Cornelious Ingram, Omar Gaither, Ellis Hobbs, Brian Westbrook, Kevin Curtis, and Shawn Andrews still healthy

  16. mustbechris says: Dec 14, 2009 1:07 AM

    the refs missed when diehl punched chris clemons in the back. not pushed, punched. i’m not saying that as an eagles homer, i’m saying it as a disgusted football fan.
    eagles defense looked awful today. i tend to think it was just one of those games that the offense had to carry us, and it won’t carry over. still, it worries me. our offense was awesome, though. totally impressed with how well they played today. gotta get a little more out of the rushing game, but the giants are a tough team to run on, so if we gotta win by passing, we gotta win by passing. nice to see the cowboys in december form. top of the NFC East, right where we belong.

  17. VoxVagina says: Dec 14, 2009 1:17 AM

    O’Hara went to my high school. Pretty lame when the best player to graduate from your school is a pretty average offensive lineman who tried to act tough pushing Cole in the face with 8 seconds left

  18. brian_21 says: Dec 14, 2009 1:41 AM

    I’m hungry

  19. Zaggs says: Dec 14, 2009 2:32 AM

    “Ultimately, it was Philadelphia’s ability to eat the clock with a long drive that proved decisive.”
    And hold on damn near every play of it. 67 got away with about 3 holds or push in the backs on that drive.

  20. jgras says: Dec 14, 2009 6:57 AM

    Great win. I don’t know which was better….Us winning or watching the Giants look clueless. I will say this though…..If we happen to play the Saints in the playoffs, Brees might throw for 600 yards. Assante’s whiff tackling disease is spreading. It scares me that we couldn’t shut down Hicks, Dixon and Mike Boss?? How in the hell are they going to stop Colston, Meacham, Bush, Devery Henderson and Shockey?? Hate to sound like a downer, but it’s just a fact.

  21. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Dec 14, 2009 7:08 AM

    …but Jerry Jones got the fans at Cowboys Stadium shiney, new 3D glasses.
    Can’t beat that.

  22. Outsyder says: Dec 14, 2009 7:13 AM

    Haha Zaggs. The entire game was everyone holding. Trent Cole is held on every play.
    Oh, well. The refs gave the Giants a non-call PI in the end zone, a non-false start on the Giants’ LT, and took away 3 seconds and possibly 3 points at the end of the first half.

  23. argos says: Dec 14, 2009 7:29 AM

    Yes the PACKERS may be the most dangerous team to themselves right now.
    Seriously.
    1. They beat the bears by one score and Dallas doesn’t scare anyone.
    2. Pitt just lost to the Browns so we know they’re a contender (not). A shell of the team we saw earlier this year now without Polomalu.
    3. Seahawks = Detroit in muddy green
    4. AZ will probably rest players by the time the Packers play them. If AZ has something to play for, that is a Packer loss.
    Believe me, the Packers are improving but are in for a wake up call come playoff time. AZ, PH, MN, NO, would all knock them on their assets if they should get that far.

  24. promin1 says: Dec 14, 2009 8:12 AM

    Vox went to high school?

  25. meezle says: Dec 14, 2009 8:26 AM

    The packers have no offense line, what do the eagles do more than any other team, blitz, yeah that would work out well for them

  26. KingJoe! says: Dec 14, 2009 8:33 AM

    The refs tried to steal the game away, but the Eagles fought their way to the end, and beyond. Giants will whine about the punch, just like those gutless punks whines about Adams hit.

  27. whoaleckna says: Dec 14, 2009 8:35 AM

    The Eagles are finally going in the regular season what has cost them games in past post-seasons.

  28. Bigbluefan says: Dec 14, 2009 8:50 AM

    PhillyBirds says:
    December 14, 2009 12:14 AM
    no giants or cowboys fans can talk anymore its official.. first place birds.. watch out for us in the playoffs
    FYI I am talking the birds suck Cole better pray that he is traded out of the NFC east in the off season or Sean will eat his lunch
    I know this for sure the Giants D sucked we need a new DC I also know that the Egirls could not have won with out the help of a Convict the egirls may or may not make the playoff but they will not win the SB they can not beat NO or Minn
    So to all you egirls stfu

  29. jgras says: Dec 14, 2009 9:01 AM

    Please stop whining about the refs!! Yes, Celek was undressed in the endzone. Did you notice how Samuel grabbed his guy in the endzone and it wasn’t called? Bad calls happen. It’s a fact! They won and they hold their own destiny. Now they just have to work on the little part of the game called TACKLING!!!!

  30. east96street says: Dec 14, 2009 9:08 AM

    You Eagle fans are delusional. The Giants have a horrible secondary (worst in the NFL in redzone D), a very average offense, Mario Manningham was your MVP, and the Giants lit up your D like a Xmas tree. You honestly think after last night’s performance you can beat New Orleans in the playoffs in New Orleans and then beat the AFC representative in the Super Bowl? Sad. Don’t bet your trailers or you’ll all be homeless before February. No NFC East team is doing much of anything in this year’s playoffs. Four very flawed, very beatable teams. If Eli can throw for 400 outside, Brees will throw for over 600 inside.

  31. Dave J says: Dec 14, 2009 9:19 AM

    @Hooby: you’re saying the Giants are classless? I don’t recall any of them running to the Eagles sideline and grabbing a phone to call the booth.

  32. Filbertkiwi71 says: Dec 14, 2009 9:19 AM

    Eli needs to stop doing interviews. He sounds like a doofus, definitely not a team motivator.

  33. BleedGreen says: Dec 14, 2009 9:20 AM

    Bigbluefan says:
    December 14, 2009 8:50 AM
    I know this for sure the Giants D sucked we need a new DC I also know that the Egirls could not have won with out the help of a Convict the egirls may or may not make the playoff but they will not win the SB they can not beat NO or Minn
    So to all you egirls stfu
    ———————————————-
    As a Giants fan, I’d think you’d know better. Remember when everyone said the Giants couldn’t get to the Super Bowl in 2007… and then they did? And then they said the Giants couldn’t beat the Patriots… and then they did.
    And remember last year? When the Cards were supposed to be one and done? And then they beat the Falcons. And then they were gonna get destroyed by the Panthers, but still won? And then it was my Eagles who had trounced them once before that were gonna put them in their place? But then the Cards won that too?

  34. mikeysoundtrack says: Dec 14, 2009 9:31 AM

    I am upset that your team beat my team.
    Your team is still no good. Our team just played bad.
    All of the players on your team are bad football players.
    Stop posting comments that say your team is good, because it is not good.

  35. jkorn1818 says: Dec 14, 2009 9:32 AM

    BleedGreen, I understand bringing up 07 and thats fine, but this is 2009/2010. Giants dont have spags as their coordinator anymore, sheridan is clueless as they come. Giants beat the eagles in every offensive category last night and still lost. The giants have no defense, if your O puts up 500 yards and you lose, this isnt a SB team. Youre also missing the fact the giants had strahan, osi before his injury, kawika mitchell, gibril wilson, aaron ross as a CB and so on. Its like night and day. this defense cant stop anyone and they play this soft prevent all game long. They had kiwinuka at linebacker and boley at safety on the final drive of the first half when philly scored, are you kidding? Kenny phillips going down at S was the final blow to the D, hes a ball hawk and plays a great CF when it comes to deep passes. I do think the giants will get in over Dallas but dont look for them to make noise, they need to sign a LB, need to start blitzing and get a new coordinator. Not to mention Jacobs cant hit the hole and when he does they decide to pull him or run him on a stretch play. Unless either of these teams get hot, they are going nowhere. This game was decided by a jacobs fumble in the first 5 mins and a kick return, thats 14 pts. Giants scored the offensive TD’s and T.O.P. and Philly converted the td on D and a kick return w horrid coverage by the giants. The real blow of the game was gilbride running on 3rd and 5 down by 7, they werent stopping manning and were fine against the run, so what does he do on a passing situation? run up the middle. Stupid. That gave the ball back to the eagles,a long drive and a 2 score lead. It would help if the giants didnt have 8 dropped passes for almost 200 yards either, they could have had almost 700 yards on offense last night and still lost, they have no D. wake up!

  36. Opie says: Dec 14, 2009 9:45 AM

    I presume the press will completely ignore the officiating’s effup at the end of the 2nd qtr when the Eagles clearly had right to kick a FG but they closed the half just cuz???
    Glad someone else picked up on that, ’cause I was yelling and couldn’t figure it out. Seriously, Florio, can you get a comment on that. OR the blatant interference on Celek?!? There were a lot of missed calls on both sides, but those two were amazingly obvious…… did someone sneeze and miss them?!?
    Eagles got to play defense A LOT better than last night. I’m hopeful that it was just because the Offense was clicking that they thought, “oh what the hell, I’ll take stupid chances…..”

  37. BleedGreen says: Dec 14, 2009 9:50 AM

    jkorn1818 says:
    December 14, 2009 9:32 AM
    BleedGreen, I understand bringing up 07 and thats fine, but this is 2009/2010. Giants dont have spags as their coordinator anymore, sheridan is clueless as they come.
    ——————
    I’m an eagles fan. I was saying that HIM being the Giants fan, he shouldn’t say that a team that can make it to the playoffs is going to get beat for sure.

  38. Reginald says: Dec 14, 2009 10:07 AM

    Giants tears are absolutely wonderful. Keep crying, please keep crying. It makes me smile

  39. eagles_2031 says: Dec 14, 2009 10:14 AM

    i love the loser giants fan come up with every excuse and talk about aynthing but the game. losers. eli still sucks and you still have no secondary. cry babies. i guess you got that from your coach crying and complaining about every call like a 2 year old.

  40. Favre On HGH says: Dec 14, 2009 10:14 AM

    Sloppy game on both sides of the ball, no surprise Saints whipped both of them easily. Blown coverage was the theme of the night.
    Vick’s TD run he wasn’t touched, and no Giants defender came close until he dove in. Threw a duck to a receiver open by 5 yards, even Collinsworth noticed 2 open receivers that play, not just one. Has had enough practice to be able to throw a tight spiral like he used to, looks better but nowhere near where he used to be. Look up Westbrook’s throws, he looks better throwing the ball.
    Can’t wait for him to get on a bad team next year and watch him be miserable and show off his lack of skills. It is inevitable and I’d hate to end the Vick Bounty after just one season.

  41. jkorn1818 says: Dec 14, 2009 10:20 AM

    bleedGreen, haha i should have realized w the green. I havent seen smushrodriguez on here in a while. Good game last night, congrats on your win, well be needing your help the final week of the season…good game overall, it came down to jacobs fumble. Can everyone stop whining about the celek PI and other calls. How about the fact the giants wr’s dropped at least 7 easy balls for about 200 yards, and the giants got screwed on plays as well, justice and peters jumped early at least 4 or 5 times. Giants were playing in a fog on D, boley dropped that easy pick they ruled a fumble, eventhough they thought it was a pass, all the giants had to do was pick it up and they had it at the 25 before the half, and the eagles werent going to make a stop, plain and simple. they are truly pathetic on D.

  42. jkorn1818 says: Dec 14, 2009 10:44 AM

    eagles_2031 says:
    December 14, 2009 10:14 AM
    i love the loser giants fan come up with every excuse and talk about aynthing but the game. losers. eli still sucks and you still have no secondary. cry babies. i guess you got that from your coach crying and complaining about every call like a 2 year old.
    ___________________________________
    and we sound like 2 yr olds? worry about your pass defense, your best defender last night were the giants hands.

  43. Dawkphan says: Dec 14, 2009 11:06 AM

    Stop the crying! We swept the giants this year , and put up 85 pts. in 2 games. Granted the Eagles need alot of work to get to and compete in the playoffs , but we bested the giants twice this Year, LIVE WITH IT !
    ps: I liked the little tidbit that was thrown out at the end of the game. the Eagles were the winningest visiting team in the history of the Meadowlands, ya got to love it!

  44. smushrodrigez says: Dec 14, 2009 11:27 AM

    Jkorn,
    I am still here…. Yep, the whole NFC East stinks. The Eagles Defense was terrible (I have been critical for a long time).
    But, any team that makes the playoffs has a chance. Keep in mind that Drew Brees has done nothing in the playoffs in his career. His INT #s are absurd. Just saying that anyone can be beat. Who thought that the Giants could beat the Pats?
    Also, wish there was a mention of how Giants fans threw bottles at DeSean Jackson. If that happened in Philly, people would be calling us classless lowlifes in a shithole of a city.
    Happens everywhere. There are a-holes in EVERY city int he world.

  45. jkorn1818 says: Dec 14, 2009 11:57 AM

    yeah, nfc east stinks, but only nfc east fans can really say it, but at the end of the day as usual there will be 2 nfc east teams in the playoffs. I have a feeling the first round will be giants vs eagles in Philly.

  46. Rickah99 says: Dec 14, 2009 12:06 PM

    @ bigblufan,
    Please advance your education past the High School level.
    Allow me to point out this little flaw in your trashtalk:
    You keep referring to the FIRST PLACE Philadelphia Eagles as “Eagirls”, which is fine as it speaks volumes about you as an intellectual. Here’s the zinger….YOU GUYS have lost to the “Eagirls” 5 times IN A ROW going back to last season, including the PLAYOFF GAME, IN YOUR HOUSE!
    So please, sir, do us all a favor and continue your present course…it’s very amusing for all E-A-G-L-E-S fans!
    p.s. I’m sure your parents are very proud of you!

  47. PhillyBirds says: Dec 14, 2009 1:00 PM

    bigblue stop talking get over the fact that the eagles have the giants number that the eagles are in first place that the eagles are going to the playoffs and if it comes to and the giants somehow make it the eagles will just beat them again

  48. Romad says: Dec 14, 2009 2:06 PM

    Gonna be fun watching the eagles fail…again. Hopefully giants get in and do it themselves. They don’t deserve it, but it would be nice.

  49. bavaro89 says: Dec 14, 2009 2:36 PM

    The Eagles and their fans are like The U in the 80s / early 90s. Talking smack and dancing after big plays and wins. Big difference though – zero rings.

  50. Hooby says: Dec 14, 2009 3:33 PM

    @dave j: that was mcnabb being a goofball like he usually does. classless is when you BLATANTLY HEADBUTT SOMEONE after the play is over while walking back to your huddle. not to mention throwing punches and stuff.
    @all people saying the nfc east is garbage: record in parentheses is conference record
    NFCE: 28-24 (21-17)
    NFCN: 27-25 (19-19)
    NFCS: 25-27 (20-18)
    NFCW: 20-32 (15-21) barring a tie
    obviously record isnt everything but it does tell a bit about a team. just a bit. if youre gonna say the nfc east sucks, please dont look at the redskins and say ‘well, this must be the standard of the nfc east.’ every team has its dumpster. and hey, even our dumpster (4-9) smells better than all the others (1-12, 1-12, 2-11)

  51. Rickah99 says: Dec 14, 2009 3:48 PM

    @ bavaro89
    The Giants and their fans are like The U in the 80s / early 90s…Talking Smack and dancing after weak plays and losses.

  52. bavaro89 says: Dec 14, 2009 5:33 PM

    @ Rickah99.
    Nice creative response. Typical Philly. Retarded.
    You guys will win the Bowl I’m sure.

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