The Giants were stopped on fourth-and-goal from the Eagles 11-yard line with less than a minute left. Manning missed Evan Engram in the back of the end zone, turning the ball back over to Philadelphia. New York also had a go-ahead field goal blocked with just over 12 minutes left in the game that would have given them a 32-31 lead.
Eli Manning had his best game of the season. Manning completed 37-of-57 passes for a season-high 434 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. The performance gave Manning more than 3,000 passing yards this season for the 13th straight season, tied with his brother Peyton Manning for the longest streak of all-time. It was also the ninth 400-yard passing game of Manning’s career.
The Giants receiving core gave Manning all the help he needed, being seemingly open all game. Sterling Shepard led the group, catching 11 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. Evan Engram had another strong outing, reeling in eight passes for 87 yards.
Moments that mattered
- S Nat Berhe, QB Davis Webb, LB Jeremy Cash, G Damien Mama, WR Hunter Sharp, RB Paul Perkins and WR Travis Rudolph were all inactive for today’s game.
- For the first time this season, the Giants scored a touchdown on their first possession of the game. The score was a 1-yard touchdown score from Orleans Darkwa. They matched the first drive with a score on their second drive as well, with a Manning 13-yard pass to Tavarres King. This is the first time since the fourth quarter in Week three’s matchup with the Eagles that Giants have scored touchdowns on back-to-back possessions.
- The Giants then also scored on their third possession of the game, this time on a 67-yard touchdown pass from Manning to Shepard. The last time the Giants scored a touchdown on their first three possessions of a game also came against the Eagles in Week 17 of the 2012 season. Manning set a career high for passing yards in the first half of a game (252).
- After holding a 20-7 lead in the second quarter, a Manning interception and Giants’ punt being blocked turned into two Eagles touchdowns, quickly evaporating Big Blue’s large lead. Aldrick Rosas knocked in a 28-yard field goal to give the Giants a 23-21 halftime lead.
- The Giants had a punt, extra point and field goal blocked in the game, leaving potentially four points on the board on special teams.
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The Giants will play in their 15th regular season game on Dec. 24, when they head to Arizona to take on the Cardinals. The game can be seen on FOX at 4:25 p.m. EST.
NOTE: Be sure to check out Dan Berkman’s post-game Facebook Live session.