The New York Giants jumped out to an early lead and managed to hold on and finish with a 27-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium. New York improved to 3-7 on the season and Philadelphia dropped to 3-5-1. With the victory, the Giants are in second place in the NFC East, trailing the Eagles by half a game.
The last time the Giants beat the Eagles was Nov. 6, 2016 at MetLife Stadium. For the second straight game, the Giants did not surrender any turnovers.
The Giants scored on their first two possessions of the game. The first touchdown came off of a 34-yard run by Daniel Jones. Up 7-3, the Giants extended their lead at the start of the second quarter when, on fourth-and-one on the Philly two-yard line, running back Wayne Gallman jumped over defenders into the end zone to make it 14-3.
The Eagles pulled to within four on their biggest offensive play of the day when Boston Scott rushed for a 56-yard touchdown run at 12:41 in the third quarter. Philly elected to go for two and converted on a run by Miles Sanders, making it 14-11.
Back-to-back passing plays of 27 yards and then 38 yards set the Giants up on the Philadelphia 10-yard line on their next possession. On third-and-1, Gallman rushed for a touchdown at 9:54 to extend the Giants’ lead to 21-11.
The Eagles responded with a 5-yard touchdown run by Corey Clement. They elected to go for two again, but were unable to convert this time and continued to trail by four.
At 9:02 in the fourth quarter, Jones ran up the middle for a 14-yard touchdown, but it was called back because of a holding penalty on Andrew Thomas. The penalty forced the Giants to settle for a field goal in what remained a one-possession game.
On fourth-and-10 with 4:56 left in the game, James Bradberry had a key pass breakup on a pass intended for Jalen Reagor, forcing the Eagles to turn the ball over on downs. The Giants capitalized on their next possession when Jones completed a 40-yard pass to Darius Slayton down the sideline to advance to the Philadelphia 24-yard line. New York made it a two-possession game when Graham Gano converted a 44-yard field goal to make it 27-17 - a lead the Giants would hold to close out the game.
The Giants led, 14-3, at the half.
The Giants ran 31 first-half plays to 28 for the Eagles, and New York held the ball for 17:25 to 12:35 for Washington. The Giants had 218 offensive first-half yards while Philadelphia recorded 135.
Daniel Jones ended the Giants’ opening 8-play, 85-yard drive with a 34-yard touchdown run, allowing New York to jump out to an early 7-0 lead at 11:19 in the first quarter. An important pass breakup by cornerback James Bradberry on third-and-3 forced the Eagles to settle for a field goal on their next possession.
On the Giants’ following possession, they elected to go for it on fourth-and-1 at the start of the second quarter. Gallman leaped over both the Giants and Eagles’ offensive and defensive lines to score a touchdown. The score gave the Giants a 14-3 advantage.
Jones was sacked twice in the half and hit five times, but managed to hold onto the football throughout.
Jones was 13 of 17 for 112 yards with one rushing touchdown in the first half. Carson Wentz was 9 of 17 for 94 yards.
Jones finished the game 21 of 28 with 244 yards and one rushing touchdown.
Gallman had 18 rushing attempts for 53 yards and two touchdowns.
Slayton recorded five receptions for 93 yards.
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Guard Kevin Zeitler suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter and missed the remainder of the game.
The Giants have a bye next week. They will travel to Cincinnati in two weeks to take on Joe Burrow and the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The game will air at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on FOX.