Vince Young (9) of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against Rocky Bernard (95) of the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 20, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
As we review the 2011-2012 New York Giants season we have arrived at one of the most disappointing weeks of the regular season. The second Philadelphia Eagles game, this one at home on a Sunday night at MetLife Stadium.
The Eagles entered the game 3-6 with their floundering season basically on life support, and with Vince Young quarterbacking instead of the injured Michael Vick. The Giants entered 6-3, needing a victory to avoid tumbling into a losing streak. And expecting to get one.
Instead, the Giants played an uninspired game and allowed Young and the Eagles to escape with a 17-10 victory, keeping their flickering hopes alive and sending the Giants on a path that seemed as if it might end with their season spiraling out of control. The loss dropped the Giants to 6-4, into a first-place tie in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys.
With the score knotted at 10-10, Young led the Eagles on a game-winning 18-play, 80-yard drive that ended with an eight-yard pass to Riley Cooper for a touchdown with 2:45 to play.
The Giants could not answer as Eli Manning was sacked, fumbled and Philadelphia recovered to seal the Giants' fate with 1:17 to play.
Young finished 23-of-36 for the Eagles with two touchdowns. This could have been even worse for the Giants had they not intercepted him three times.