Showing some collective resolve and getting some big plays from their beleaguered defense, the Eagles notched a 36-21 victory against the error-prone Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
The loss drops the Giants to 0-5. The Eagles, meanwhile, grinded their way to 2-3 — a record that puts them in the game in the struggling NFC East.
The visiting Eagles got a fine relief performance from backup quarterback Nick Foles, who threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns after Michael Vick departed with a hamstring injury. Before leaving, Vick had helped stake the Eagles to a 16-7 lead, throwing for 105 yards and rushing for 79 yards. He appeared to sustain his injury on a second-quarter scramble.
The Eagles led 19-7 at halftime, but the Giants rallied to take a 22-21 third-quarter lead on two Eli Manning TD passes to Rueben Randle.
However, the Eagles would respond with a field goal to re-take the lead. Thereafter, the Giants did a steady fade, with Manning throwing three fourth-quarter interceptions. The Eagles would capitalize with TD passes to tight end Brent Celek (25 yards) and DeSean Jackson (five yards), giving them a 36-21 lead, one they would not relinquish.
The Eagles play at winless Tampa Bay next Sunday. The Giants go back on the road for the fourth time in six games to play Chicago on Thursday.