…and the Eagles just scored again. The DeSean Jackson highlight reel continues against the Giants. Big Blue was like a boxer that got drawn into a brawl against an opponent with superior punching power, and ended up getting battered 45-38 in a Jersey slugfest.
The Giants offense had its moments, and Eli Manning had some lovely throws. But the only things that could stop the Eagles from scoring were the halftime and end of the game whistles. Neither team was particularly able to tackle, resulting in a string of offensive fireworks, and a contest that was destined to go to the squad that could make more Big Plays. Clearly, that team was the Iggles.
The Eagles had Jackson slicing and dicing the Giants D for two TDs once again, plus the fortunate bounce on the Brandon Jacobs fumble to set up a 60-yard run and TD. What did the Giants have? Well, big catches from Hakeem Nicks and Domenick Hixon, OK, but also BIIIIIG drops from Nicks (two of them!) as well as some less-than-stellar endzone footwork from Mario Manningham. Big Blue needed one or two of these unmade Big Plays to come through to get the upper hand on Philly. On a night when Manning was hurling darts around the field with stunning accuracy, his young receivers just could not step up under the bright lights.
Once again the Giants have many of the elements to beat other teams, but lack either the game plan or execution to tie it all toghether into a winning strategy.
The loss leaves the 7-6 Giants looking up at the Packers and Cowboys in the Wild Card hunt, coming into next Monday night's matchup with the struggling Redskins. But you can pencil in a loss for the reeling Cowboys against the Saints next week. That means a Giants victory in DC would give Big Blue the upper hand on the Cowboys (with the tiebreaker already in the Giants' pocket). So all is not lost Giants fans, destiny may still be in our hands. If we can put up 38 points in Washington I like our chances. All we have to do is be better than Dallas from here on out. At least that's one thing we've proven we can do well this season.
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Written by Mark Reichman