The New York Giants came in to Philadelphia wanting to get off to a fast start.
They certainly did that, starting the game on defense, the Giants’ defense delivered with a pair of three and outs, featuring sacks by defensive end Olivier Vernon and defensive tackle Jay Bromley.
Each time the offense got the ball back, they worked remarkably quickly. The Giants’ up-tempo offense didn’t give the Eagles’ pass rush time to get home, and Eli Manning was an efficient 8-for-9 on those two drives. Each ended just outside of field goal range with a drop by Odell Beckham and a poor play call to run a toss play on 3rd and 1.
The Eagles’ third offensive drive saw their running game finally get going and resulted in a touchdown. Most alarmingly, it was courtesy of poor tackling on the part of the Giants’ defense.
The Eagles got the ball back again off of an Eli Manning interception, but the defense stepped back up. That drive ended on a turnover on downs, thanks to a sack by Devon Kennard, keeping the Eagles from scoring again.
The fourth down stop gave the Giants the ball at (roughly) midfield. The Giants marched the ball right down to the half-inch line after what was originally ruled a Sterling Shepard touchdown. The call was over-turned, and the third-down pass was dropped when Sterling Shepard went to the ground out of bounds.
The Giants finally tried to run the ball on fourth down, but were stopped behind the line of scrimmage.
The Giants will get the ball to start the second half, use this as your open thread.