Giants Cut Into Eagles Lead, 16-10 Heading into Fourth

The Philadelphia Eagles added a third quarter field goal to take a 16-3 lead over the New York Giants, but Eli Manning engineered a 9–play, 68-yard drive that was capped by a 2-yard pass to Travis Beckum to cut the deficit to 16-10.  The lone touchdown of the game for the Eagles came on a 4-yard run by Michael Vick in the first quarter.

Ellis Hobbs was injured on a kick return in the third quarter after taking a helmet to helmet hit. Hobbs was motionless for several minutes, but gave two thumbs up as he was wheeled off the field on a stretcher.  The Eagles said Hobbs has a neck injury but has full movement in his extremities.

It looked like a defensive struggle early on in the first quarter, with both teams going three and out on their first drives.  The Giants went three and out once more, before Michael Vick and the Eagles got their second opportunity on offense and put together a long scoring drive to take a 7-0 lead.  Philadelphia went 68 yards on 13 plays in 7:09, and Vick punched it in with a scramble inside the right pylon of the end zone.

The Giants put together a long drive of their own, going 74 yards on 14 plays in 8:06, but settling for a 24-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes.  The Eagles were able to stop the Giants on second and third down inside the 6-yardline to force the field goal.

Philadelphia then began to take advantage of turnovers, as Brandon Graham forced a fumble by Ahmad Bradshaw that was recovered by Asante Samuel at the Giants’ 23-yardline.  Philadelphia couldn’t get a touchdown off the turnover though, as Vick looked for Jackson in the end zone on 3rd and 7, but the pass was slightly low and Jackson dropped it.  Akers connected on a 38-yard field goal to make it 10-3.

On the very next drive, Manning threw an interception to Asante Samuel, who returned it to the Giants 13-yardline. Again the Eagles were stymied, this time on a dropped pass by a wide open Jason Avant in the back of the end zone, as Vick was under heavy pressure from a blitz.  Akers made a 24-yard field goal and the Eagles led 13-3.

At the end of the first half, a 42-yard field goal attempt by Akers was blocked by Terrell Thomas and returned to the Eagles 43-yardline by Corey Webster, who was forced out by Eagles’ punter/holder Sav Rocca.

In the third quarter, the Eagles went 82 yards on 14 plays in 8:22 but settled for a 28-yard field goal by David Akers to put the Eagles on top 16-3.  The Giants came right back though, with a pair of key third down plays.  On 3rd and 7 at the Giants 35-yardline, Manning hit Mario Manningham for 10 yards.  A few plays later on 3rd and 14 at the Eagles 33-yardline, Brandon Graham whiffed on a possible sack and Manning launched it deep for Manningham again, and Quintin Mikell yanked him down drawing a flag and giving the Giants the ball at the 2-yardline. On the very next play Manning hit Travis Beckum for a 2-yard touchdown in the left flat, cutting the gap to six at 16-10.

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