Giants fans can breathe a bit easier this week.
The Big Blue (2-1) offense, led by Eli Manning’s four touchdowns and Victor Cruz’s elusiveness in the open field, took down their rival Philadelphia Eagles 29-16 at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday.
The Eagles (1-2) not only lost a division game, but already banged-up star Michael Vick broke his non-throwing hand in the second half. Vick (16-23, 176 yards, 1 INT) complained to the media after the game that he was always getting knocked down. The offensive line for Philadelphia has been abysmal in protecting their quarterback.
New York jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter after a 40 yard pass from Manning to Brandon Jacobs and the first of Victor Cruz’ touchdowns, a 74 yard reception eluding numerous defenders. The second year player out of UMass stepped up in a big way in the absences of both Mario Manningham (concussion) and Domenik Hixon (ACL).
Philadelphia got back into the game in the second and third quarters thanks to Vick before his injury and running back LeSean McCoy (24 carries, 128 yards, TD). Kicker Alex Henery had three field goals in the game, and the Eagles had taken a 16-14 lead.
The team, who has been short-handed the entire season, worked a comeback due to a combination of balanced offense and defensive stops in the second half. Cruz was at it again making a tough catch in the end zone through two defenders, including Philly’s offseason pickup Nnamdi Asomugha, to give the Giants the lead.
Brandon Jacobs barrelled in for the two point conversion to make the deficit 22-16. Manning then hit running back Ahmad Bradshaw with a pass 18 yards with three minutes to play to ice the game for Big Blue. Bradshaw had an impressive game, adding 86 rushing yards to his 53 receiving yards and the final touchdown of the game.
While Manning tied his career best for touchdowns with four, the surprising stat is that he also had no interceptions in the game. The team was also much more efficient converting on third downs (5-12) than the past two weeks. The Giants will look to keep pace with the NFC East next week in Arizona against the Cardinals.
About the Author
Written by Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan is a Staten Island, NY native who is a graduate of SUNY-Cortland, majoring in sport management. At Cortland, he was the sports editor of the student-run newspaper The Dragon Chronicle for both his junior and senior year. He interned for the sports producer and sports anchor Bruce Beck at WNBC-4 Sports in New York City for their 6:00 and 11:00 news programs. Also, he interned in the summer of 2010 for the New York Jets as a sports writer for their website during their training camp which was shown on HBO's Hard Knocks program. Assignments included writing feature stories that were included on both newyorkjets.com and the Jets Playbook given out to the fans at the game. Most recently, he was a broadcast assistant with the NBA for the 2010-2011 season. Chris is a Yankees, Giants, Knicks and Rangers fan.