EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants defended their home turf on Sunday, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles, 13-7, at MetLife Stadium.
The Giants intercepted Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts three times. Dexter Lawrence forced a fumble from Giant-killing Philadelphia running back Boston Scott and Julian Love recovered at the Giants’ 37-yard line with 1:34 to play. That seemingly ended the game, but a quick three-and-out by the Giants gave Philadelphia another chance.
Love said Lawrence made a “great play” to cause the fumble and practically “tossed me the ball.”
The Eagles took over at their own 41-yard line with 1:11 to play. The Eagles reached the Giants’ 27-yard line, but a fourth-and-10 pass with :25 to play fell incomplete. Aaron Robinson broke up a pass intended for Jalen Reagor at the goal line.
“That was a heart-stopping play, that last one,” Love said.
Robinson was involved in two incompletions in the end zone in the final sequence. Reagor told Philadelphia media he should have caught both passes.
Robinson, usually a slot cornerback, was forced to play outside due to injuries. Logan Ryan (Reserve/COVID-19 list) missed a second straight game. Adoree’ Jackson (quad) and Darnay Holmes (chest) did not play in the second half.
Robinson was outside in Jackson’s spot, Love was in the slot for Holmes, J.R. Reed was at one safety in place of Ryan and even practice squad elevation Steven Parker was on the field during Philadelphia’s final drive.
“He (Robinson) did a great job today stepping up in a big way,” Love said. “I’m so proud of that guy. He does everything the right way.”
The Giants are 4-7. Philadelphia falls to 5-7.
The Giants led 13-7 after a 39-yard Graham Gano field goal with 2:54 to play. That came at the end of a 12-play, 70-yard, 7:22 drive that started at the Giants’ 9-yard line.
A 35-yard Gano field goal gave the Giants the only points of the first half. Reserve tight end Chris Myarick was credited with a 1-yard touchdown reception to give the Giants a 10-0 lead with 6:50 left in the third quarter. That was Myarick’s first career reception.
Myarick bobbled his touchdown catch and barely kept one hand underneath it. He admitted after the game that it “wasn’t the cleanest catch.”
Chris Myarick says his touchdown "wasn't the cleanest catch." pic.twitter.com/9Imy1Eyro9— Big Blue View (@bigblueview) November 28, 2021
Daniel Jones finished 19 of 30 for 202 yards and a touchdown. Jones also ran eight times for 31 yards. Saquon Barkley carried 13 times for 40 yards, most of that coming on a 32-yard run. Kenny Golladay had three receptions for 50 yards.
The Eagles had averaged 34.5 points in their four previous games, winning three of them. The run game has been key for Philadelphia during its recent surge, and the Eagles ran for 208 yards on 33 carries Sunday (6.3 yards per rushing attempt). That is four of the last five games in which the Eagles have run for more than 200 yards, and the first of those that they have lost.
Hurts completed only 14 of 31 passes for 129 yards and the three interceptions, compiling a passer rating of 17.5.
“When it came down to crucial passing situations I thought we handled him (Hurts) well,” Love said. “We wanted him to beat us throwing.”
The Giants led, 3-0, at the half. A Tae Crowder interception at the goal line to close the first half protected the lead. Crowder picked off a Jalen Hurts’ pass intended for Boston Scott on a third-and-goal at the 1-yard line.
The Giants intercepted Hurts twice in the first half.
The Giants’ only points came on a 35-yard Graham Gano field goal on their opening drive.
Reserve linebacker Trent Harris suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter.
Starting cornerback Adoree’ Jackson suffered a quad injury in the second quarter. He briefly tried to return, but was then ruled out. Slot cornerback Darnay Holmes was also ruled out after the first half with a chest injury.
Michael Strahan jersey retirement
Strahan became the 13th Giant to have his jersey retired. He, of course, closed his halftime remarks with a “Stomp You Out.”
WR Sterling Shepard
TE Kaden Smith
TE Kyle Rudolph
WR Kadarius Toney
FB Cullen Gillaspia
G Wes Martin
The Giants travel to Miami next week to face the Miami Dolphins (1 p.m., FOX).