After a strong first half, the New York Giants (2-11) defense was unable to stop the Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) offense in overtime on a rainy night at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, resulting in a 23-17 loss for New York.
The Giants and Eagles entered Monday night’s primetime game with one goal in mind: stop losing streaks. For the Eagles, that meant a three game skid. And for the Giants, it was about earning their first win since September 22.
And it was also about Eli Manning starting again - against the same team and on the same field where he replaced Kurt Warner 15 years ago.
Manning gave the Giants a 7-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter though when he connected with wide receiver Darius Slayton for a 35-yard touchdown pas.
Both teams traded field goal scores back-and-forth to make it 10-3 at with less than six minutes to play in the second quarter. The Giants added to their lead when Manning Manning connected with Slayton deep down field for a 55-yard touchdown up the middle with 35 seconds left to play in the half. The Giants took a 17-3 lead into the locker room.
In a mostly dead third quarter and after missing on their previous six third downs, the Eagles finally converted with just under six minutes to play in the third quarter. Wentz led the Eagles up the field fueled by some short passes and runs by running back Boston Scott. Scott finished off the drive with the Eagles’ first touchdown of the game when he ran for two yards up the middle, making it 17-10 with a little over a minute left to play in the third quarter.
Wentz threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach Ertz to tie the score. The Giants got the ball back with less than two minutes left, but were unable to drive down the field, leading to overtime.
The Eagles won the toss and finished off the comeback when Wentz threw a game-winning 2-yard touchdown pass up the middle to Ertz.
The Giants have now lost a franchise record nine straight games.
“Unfortunately that’s our reality right now,” said coach Pat Shurmur. “I have no thoughts on that other than that we lost the game tonight.”
Moments that mattered
WELCOME BACK, ELI
For Giants fans, it was impossible not to be nostalgic when Manning jogged out to the field for the first time since Sept. 15. The ESPN broadcast showed that Manning’s wife, Abby and his brother, Peyton were among the family members present at the game. So regardless of his performance, there was an added meaning to Manning’s presence that the Giants so often took for granted when he started 210 consecutive games.
The veteran finished with 30 attempts and 15 completions for 203 yards and two touchdowns in what may, or may not be, his final game as a Giant.
Linebacker Markus Golden leads the Giants with 8.5 sacks on the season. After recording only 2.5 sacks in 11 games with the Arizona Cardinals last season, Golden has shown improvement with the Giants. He entered the game with 7.5 sacks but quickly added to that total when he sacked Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz for for a loss of 12 yards on the Eagles opening drive to quickly give the Giants back the ball.
Rookie safety Julian Love came up with a big play when he helped the Giants defense stop the Eagles on fourth-down-and-one on their second possession of the game. The play was reviewed and ruled a fumble in favor of the Giants but the ball was turned over on downs anyway - Giants got ball on the Eagles 43-yard line. They found themselves in a third-down-and-long situation and were unable to capitalize on the turnover.
WIDE-OPEN ERTZ (AGAIN AND AGAIN)
After the Giants got on the board first, the Eagles took the momentum right back. After scrambling with a lot of time in the pocket, Wentz connected with a wide-open Zach Ertz on a 24-yard pass to move the Eagles up to the Giants 39-yard line. Then, on the very next play, Wentz easily found Ertz again, this time for 30 yards. The pass plays set up a field goal for the Eagles.
Passes of this length are an ongoing problem for the Giants as the Packers exploited this same weakness last week. The Giants secondary entered the game ranked third-worst in the league with 62 passes of 20-plus yards allowed.
SLAYTON CONTINUES TO SHINE
After going two weeks without a touchdown, Slayton quickly remedied that when he caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Manning at the start of the second quarter. The rookie wide receiver made another big play when he caught a 42-yard pass from Manning down the sideline to help set up a 34-yard field goal for the Giants.
Slayton made Monday night his third two-touchdown game when he scored a 55-yard touchdown to close out the first half. He finished the game with a team-leading five receptions for 154 yards and two touchdowns.
Slayton now has 6 touchdown catches since Week 8, tying him with Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay for the most in the NFL.
The Giants defense tallied three sacks, 10 quarterback hits and seven tackles for loss in the game.
LATE-GAME CRUCIAL PENALTY
With less than seven minutes to play in the game, the Eagles were leading a charge down the field and found themselves in what would have bee a potential third-and-10 situation that instead became a first down due to an illegal contact penalty called on Sam Beal. Later on this drive, the Eagles successfully converted on fourth-down-and-1 on their own 29-yard line. After a 28-yard pass to tight end Dallas Goedert, Wentz finished the scoring drive with a two-yard touchdown pass to Ertz, tying the game.
No notable injury updates for the Giants.
The Giants return home to host the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. ET at MetLife Stadium. The game will be broadcast on CBS.