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.