Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Brown kicked a career-high five
goals and the New York Giants shut down a punchless Philadelphia Eagles
offense en route to a 15-7 victory at Lincoln Financial Field.
With rookie Matt Barkley pressed into quarterback duty for much of the game,
the Eagles (3-5) mustered just 201 total yards and failed to produce a
touchdown on offense for a second consecutive week against an NFC East foe.
Philadelphia was coming off a 17-3 setback to Dallas last Sunday.
The Eagles' lone score came on a 2-yard fumble return by reserve linebacker
Najee Goode in the fourth quarter, the result of a bad snap that soared over
the head of New York punter Steve Weatherford.
Michael Vick briefly returned to action for the Eagles after missing two games
with a hamstring pull, but aggravated the injury late in the first half after
completing 6-of-9 attempts for only 31 yards with an interception. Barkley,
elevated to the backup role with Nick Foles sidelined by a concussion, went
17-of-26 for 158 yards and was also picked off once in relief.
"I felt good going in," said Vick. "I felt like I did everything that I was
supposed to do to reassure myself that I could go out and play. But there's
just nothing like actually being in the moment and having to move and having
to react. When I did that, that's when I pulled it again. I felt the pop."
Eli Manning threw for 246 yards on 25-of-39 passing to help the Giants (2-6)
halt an eight-game road losing streak and post a second win in a row following
a dreadful 0-6 beginning to the season. Victor Cruz contributed 86 yards on
seven catches, while New York's defense generated four sacks after amassing an
NFL-low six over the team's first seven outings.
"It's not always pretty, but nevertheless our defense played superbly," Giants
head coach Tom Coughlin remarked. "There is a lot to be said for the way we
are playing right now on defense."
Philadelphia, on the other hand, was dealt a 10th straight defeat at home
since a 19-17 decision over the Giants in Week 4 of last season.
"Offensively we haven't done what we need to do to win two football games and
we need to get that fixed," said Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.
Vick operated Philadelphia's first four drives prior to his departure, but the
Eagles managed a meager 27 total yards and two first downs during his brief
time under center. By the time Barkley was called upon, the Giants had built a
In contrast to its division rival, New York moved the ball effectively in the
middle of the field but struggled within the red zone, with four consecutive
first-half possessions ending in field goals by Brown.
The Giants marched 57 yards in nine plays on their second series of the day,
highlighted by Manning's 22-yard strike to Hakeem Nicks on third down and an
18-yard catch by Cruz that set up Brown's 40-yard kick that began the scoring
midway through the first quarter.
A 27-yard connection from Manning to tight end Brandon Myers on New York's
next trek led to a 44-yarder from Brown later in the period, and the Giants
churned out 48 yards on 12 plays on their following sequence to get into
scoring range once more early in the second quarter.
New York had a 1st-and-goal from the five on that drive, but three straight
Manning incompletions caused the Giants to settle for Brown's 33-yard field
goal and a 9-0 advantage with 10:22 left in the half.
Brown knocked home a 46-yarder just prior to the two-minute warning to extend
the margin. Four Manning completions and a 19-yard pass interference penalty
on the Eagles' Bradley Fletcher helped position the kick.
Barkley did provide a temporary spark to Philadelphia's sputtering offense
upon his entry, as the rookie hit on six of his first seven throws and got the
Eagles down to the Giants' 2-yard line near the end of the half. However, he
was stripped on a sack by Terrell Thomas deep in enemy territory and Jacquian
Williams recovered the fumble for New York.
With LeSean McCoy doing much of the work on the ground, the Eagles were able
to make some headway on their initial drive of the second half as well,
getting as far as the Giants' 26. However, a third-down sack by Mathias
Kiwanuka and Barkley's errant pass on the next play gave New York the ball on
The Eagles were stagnant from that point on, though, going three-and-out on
their next two possessions and gaining just 81 yards the rest of the way.
"Guys are playing fast, guys are playing confident, and we've kind of gotten
on a hot streak here," Giants end Justin Tuck said of the defense. "When you
start making plays, you start becoming very confident in yourself and I think
that this is a very confident defense right now."
Brown tacked on his fifth field goal of the day with 12:23 remaining. A 29-
yard punt by Donnie Jones gave New York excellent field position at the
opposing 41, and the Giants picked up a couple of first downs before stalling
once again in the red zone.
A miscue on special teams by New York enabled Philadelphia to make it a one-
score game with 4:11 left, as Zack DeOssie's long snap sailed well past
Weatherford and rolled near the goal line. With Brandon Boykin knocking
Weatherford off the ball, Goode scooped up the fumble and rolled into the end
The Eagles got the ball back with under 30 seconds to go, but Barkley's wobbly
deep pass was intercepted by Will Hill to seal the win for the Giants.
Brown had kicked four field goals in a game eight times previously, most
recently while with Cincinnati against Dallas during Week 13 of last season
... Peyton Hillis rushed for 70 yards on 20 carries for the Giants, who played
without running backs David Wilson (neck) and Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) ...
The Eagles converted only 3-of-12 third-down attempts and went 0-for-2 on
fourth down ... DeSean Jackson finished with eight catches totaling 63 yards
for Philadelphia ... Including a win in the 2008 NFC Playoffs and a 36-21
triumph at MetLife Stadium back in Week 5, the Eagles had prevailed in nine of
the previous 11 matchups in the series.