The Morning After: Giants-Eagles Postmortem
John Fennelly , Lead Writer
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Eagles are the first team in NFL history to have their first three wins of a season come by 2 points or less.
After committing 12 turnovers in their first three games, the Eagles had none last night.
The Eagles had a huge advantage in Time of Possession, 33:21 to 26:39.
The Giants were 2-10 on third down. The Eagles went 4-12.
K Lawrence Tynes was 11-for-11 in FGs this season before missing a 54-yarder at the end of last night’s loss in Philly.
S Antrel Rolle fought off the effects of a badly bruised knee to play all 69 defensive snaps for the Blue last night.
LB Chase Blackburn led the Giants with 10 total tackles. He had a sack, two tackles for losses and two passes defended.
Blackburn is tied with Osi Umenyiora for the team lead in sacks with 2. Each player had a sack of Michael Vick last night. Both were out-of-the-pocket sacks. The Giants officially had three QB hits on Vick, who also ran for 49 yards on six carries.
QB Eli Manning threw for 309 yards last night and is now second in the NFL to New Orleans’ Drew Brees in passing yards, 1350-1320.
Manning was under pressure all night, but was not sacked. In fact, he has been sacked only four times in the first four games. So much for the o-line stinking.
So much for the Killer B’s. TE Martellus Bennett had one reception for 2 yards. He had a 38-yarder called back when Will Beatty got called for holding. RB Andre Brown gained only 14 yards on five carries. WR Ramses Barden had 2 catches for 36 yards and was called for offensive interference with 0:15 left, which put the Giants out of FG range.
RB David Wilson had a stellar night returning kickoffs. He gained 217 yards on six attempts, an average of 36.2 per.
WR Jerrel Jernigan, OT James Brewer and CB Michael Coe all dressed but did not play in the game.
19-17 was the final score last night. It was also the final score of The Fumble game in 1978, also known as the Miracle at the Meadowlands.