The Eagles were so dominant in the second half that it was difficult to believe they had been so bad in the first.
On Sunday, the Eagles buried the Giants 34-10 by scoring 31 straight points in the second half.
Lane Johnson’s first career reception, a 5-yard score early in the fourth quarter, was one of them. Alex Singleton’s 29-yard interception return for a touchdown came next.
However, both of the Eagles’ key rushing backs, Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard, were injured and had to leave the game.
And it happened after the Eagles played just as badly in the first half as they did in their first meeting with New York, a 13-7 Eagles loss on Nov. 28.
After the Vikings fell to the Rams, the Eagles (8-7) won for the sixth time in eight games and took sole ownership of the last NFC playoff place with two games remaining. The Eagles have a tiebreaker advantage against the Saints, who play on Monday night.
The Eagles’ seven-game stretch of rushing for at least 175 yards came to an end on Sunday. They rushed for 130 yards, with Sanders leading the way with 45 yards in the first half. Hurts threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns on 17 of 29 passing attempts.
Despite this, the Eagles spent the most of the first half as if they were in a fog.
On the first kickoff, the Eagles fumbled but recovered. Hurts threw an interception that a replay review reversed. In the first quarter, the Eagles recovered another fumble, had at least three dropped passes, and punted four times.
Jake Elliott’s 17-game run of field goals was snapped when he missed a 41-yarder with 7:06 left in the first half.
For the Eagles, it was a similar start.
The Eagles’ defense, on the other hand, kept the Giants from doing anything.
The Giants had 105 yards in the first half of the fourth quarter. At that moment, starter Jake Fromm and backup Mike Glennon had combined for a 10-for-26 passing performance for 50 yards and two interceptions.
Despite this, the Eagles were only able to get a late first-half field goal from Elliott, allowing them to pull into a 3-3 tie with the Giants at halftime.
The Eagles eventually grabbed control.
To start the third quarter, Rodney McLeod’s interception put the Eagles on the Giants’ 21, and Boston Scott scored from three yards out to make it 10-3.
After that, Jalen Reagor’s 39-yard punt return put the Eagles back on the Giants’ 21-yard line. Midway through the third quarter, they scored a field goal to take a 13-3 lead.
To make it 20-3, DeVonta Smith had a toe-tapping touchdown reception from the 4. The touchdown was first overruled, then overturned again following a replay review.
Quez Watkins’ 40-yard reception down to the Giants’ 9 set up the touchdown.
The Eagles faced a 2nd-and-goal from the Giants’ 5 on their next drive. Johnson has been designated as a qualified receiver. He slipped into the right side of the end zone after blocking his guy, wide open for Hurts’ throw.
Johnson’s performance was suitable for someone who had missed three games earlier in the season due to a mental health issue. Despite another outstanding season, he was not named for the Pro Bowl.
At the very least, he got a touchdown.
How bad is Giants’ offense?
The Giants have struggled offensively over the previous five games, averaging only 11.8 points per game. However, they may have struck a new low on Sunday.
The Giants punted the ball eight times in the first three quarters. Their quarterbacks, on the other hand, only completed 9 passes. Through three quarters, Fromm and Glennon combined to go 9-for-24 for 41 yards and an interception.
Through three quarters, the Giants had 94 total yards.
Boston Scott, Giant killer
Boston Scott’s record versus the Giants remains unblemished. With both Sanders and Jordan Howard on the field, Scott was not anticipated to carry the ball much, if at all.
Sanders, though, exited with a hand injury late in the first half, and Scott was given a shot on 3rd-and-goal from the Giants’ 3. He rushed up the middle for a score, putting the Eagles up 10-3.
Scott has seven touchdowns in six games versus the Giants in his career. In 38 games versus the rest of the NFL, he has four touchdowns.
Jake Elliott’s streak ends
As the Eagles set up for Elliott’s attempt at a 41-yard field goal midway through the second quarter, he had a chance to move into third place in franchise history.
However, the snap was low, and Elliott booted it wide right, snapping his 17-game field-goal streak. Caleb Sturgis has racked up 18 consecutive wins in 2016.
Elliott has converted all one of his 39 extra-point tries.
Eagles start game in a fog
To begin the game, the Eagles evaded multiple gunshots.
The errors started with Kenneth Gainwell’s fumble on the first kickoff, but the Eagles recovered.
Hurts’ first ball on third down was called an interception at the Eagles’ 32-yard line. However, following a video review, it was determined that the ball had struck the ground as Steven Parker had intercepted it.
Hurts lost the ball on the Eagles’ following possession while attempting to avoid pressure, but the Eagles recovered. Sanders then dropped a short throw on 3rd-and-15 that would have surely resulted in a first down. The Eagles punted once more.
The Eagles would have been down by a significant margin if it hadn’t been for the Giants’ offensive woes.
Hurts was 3-for-10 for 11 yards in the first quarter as it was. In the first quarter, the Eagles averaged 2.2 yards per play and the Giants 2.8.
DE native elevated from practice squad
Giants wide receiver David Sills was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster as a COVID replacement.
Sills, a standout at Red Lion Christian Academy and Eastern Christian Academy, has only appeared in one game this season. This happened versus Carolina on Oct. 24.
In the fourth quarter, Sills grabbed a 5-yard pass.
Furthermore, St. Georges standout running back Gary Brightwell was not on the game-day roster on Sunday. This season, Brightwell has appeared in 13 games, mostly on special teams. This season, he has one rush and one reception for 4 and 6 yards, respectively.