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Giants-Eagles final score: Late push not enough as Eagles defeat Giants, 33-25

The Giants gave an inspired effort but ultimately came up short in Philadelphia

NFL: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
Saquon Barkley
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Hoping to play spoiler on the Philadelphia Eagles’ divisional hopes, the New York Giants headed into the daunting Lincoln Financial Field on Monday. The expected outcome occurred, as the Eagles defeated them, 33-25. Though the Giants had their opportunities in the game and gave the Eagles a scare in the fourth quarter, their defense could not hold enough to give them more than a last-gasp chance for the upset.

Out of Cutlets?

When the second half started, it was Tyrod Taylor under center for the Giants rather than Tommy DeVito. DeVito was 9-for-16 for 55 yards, one sack, and a 63.3 quarterback rating in the first half. Though Brian Daboll gave the rookie a vote of confidence after last week’s rough performance in New Orleans, the head coach had a relatively short leash this week.

Although Taylor had some good moments, he missed several passes in key situations where there was an opportunity to hit an open receiver. His athleticism helped him escape pressure in situations where DeVito likely would have been sacked. Ultimately, he could not lead the Giants on a last-minute drive to victory.

A tale of fourth down

Down 17-3, the Giants started driving on their final possession of the first half. It began with a Jalen Carter offsides penalty on a Jamie Gillan punt; Carter failed to get off the field in time. That gave the Giants a fourth-and-one from their own 46, and Daboll left the offense on the field. Saquon Barkley gained 10 yards on the ground for the first down. Four plays later, faced with a fourth-and-one from the Eagles’ 35, Barkley gained five yards to convert.

The Giants went to the well a third time on fourth-and-one from the Eagles’ 21; this time, Haason Reddick stuffed Barkley in the backfield for a loss, ending the Giants’ drive. The Eagles then drove down for a field goal to end the half.

With 7:34 to go in the third quarter, down 20-10, Daboll left the Giants’ offense on the field on a fourth-and-four from the Eagles’ 45. Carter appeared to jump offside once more. However, the officials felt that center John Michael Schmitz made an abrupt head movement to draw Carter offside and called Schmitz for a false start, ending the drive.

With 8:53 to go in the fourth quarter and the Giants down 27-18, they went for it on fourth-and-1 from the Eagles’ 42. Taylor threw the ball well outside of Wan’Dale Robinson’s frame, giving him no chance to make the catch (and the throw might have been short of the marker regardless).

Overall, the Giants’ struggles with converting fourth and short in critical spots ruined some promising drives and eliminated the team’s best shot at a comeback.

Stats

  • DeVito: 9-for-16, 51 yards, 1 sack, 63.3 passer rating; 1 rush, 5 yards
  • Taylor: 7-for-16, 133 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 68.0 passer rating; 2 rush, 21 yards
  • Barkley: 23 rushes, 80 yards, 1 TD; 5 targets, 3 receptions, 4 yards
  • Darius Slayton: 3 targets, 3 receptions, 90 yards, 1 TD
  • Darren Waller: 5 targets, 2 receptions, 32 yards
  • Daniel Bellinger: 5 targets, 4 receptions, 43 yards
  • Wan’Dale Robinson: 7 targets, 3 receptions, 16 yards

For Philadelphia, Hurts went 24-for-38 for 301 yards with 1 touchdown, 1 interception, and an 85.5 passer rating. He also rushed 8 times for 34 yards. A.J. Brown had 6 catches for 80 yards, while DeVonta Smith had 4 for 79 and a score and Dallas Goedart had 7 for 71. D’Andre Swift heated up on the final drive of the game and contributed 20 rushes for 92 yards and a score, but Boston Scott had his nine-game scoring streak against the Giants broken.

Highlights

The Giants did not hit the end zone until a critical mistake by the Eagles to start the second half. Eagles receiver Olamide Zaccheaus was shoved back into kick returner Scott, whose fumble was recovered by Isaiah Simmons. The third Barkley run on the next drive resulted in a touchdown to cut the Eagles’ lead to 20-10.

Late in the third quarter, Hurts made a potentially game-changing mistake when Dallas Goedart slipped, leading to an Adoree’ Jackson pick-six to pull the Giants to within one score.

After a personal foul penalty on Hurts for throwing Jackson down by the back of the jersey, Barkley converted the 2-point conversion, making it 20-18.

Down 30-18 with under six minutes to go in the game, Taylor uncorked a deep pass to Darius Slayton, who got behind Reed Blankenship and scored a 69-yard touchdown. This brought the game to within one score with 5:22 remaining.

Giants inactives

  • WR Parris Campbell
  • S Gervarrius Owens
  • EDGE Boogie Basham
  • EDGE Benton Whitley
  • C/G Sean Harlow
  • TE Lawrence Cager
  • DT Rakeem Nuñez-Roches

What’s next?

The Giants (5-10) head home for their penultimate game of the season against the surprisingly competitive Los Angeles Rams (8-7) next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (FOX).