The Giants came into the game down two pro-bowl offensive lineman, missing their top receiver. They came in against a healthy Eagles team everyone touted as the next "best team in the NFL" to play on the road. They could not run the ball to the left whatsoever, pretty much neutering their run game and making every yard a chore. They gave up 13 fumbles and 29 interceptions. For the second week in a row, blatant pass interference on Kevin Boss in the end zone was not called. They gave up big plays in the pass game and the run.
And the Giants were one bad Eli slide from winning this game.
That's right, a decimated Giants team with extremely limited options on offense that gave the ball away about 5 or 6 times STILL was moving toward winning the game.
I loved the run-heavy game plan and thought the defense played very well, esp. in stopping the mythical Eagles offense on a short field twice.
So where does that leave it? The Eagles held serve. They're one game up, which we can take back at home in December, at full strength. Is there any question in anyone's mind that with an O-line, with Steve Smith, with maybe ONE less turnover, yesterday was ours?
So the Eagles escaped. We've got six games remaining. Thee next three are against mediocre teams, two at home. It's imperative to win these games and get to 9-4. The Giants WILL beat Philly in New York at full strength. I know it, and every Eagles fan who reads this and won't bet me knows it. In other words, we control our destiny.
10-6 likely at this point. 11-5 possible. You know what that means? Playoffs. At full strength. Playing out best football at the right time.
Frankly, I think we should be hoping for the 5-seed and a matchup vs. the West in the WC round, but that's just me.
The Eagles held serve. The Giants at half strength with mistakes gave them all they could handle. Now it's our turn.
When we beat Philly that will mean whoever had the best "other 5" games will take the division... I think it's us.