NFL Game Summary - Philadelphia at NY Giants|
(Sunday, November 20th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 17, NY Giants 10
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Vince Young, the backup quarterback who
dubbed Philadelphia the "Dream Team," let his play do the talking Sunday
night, leading the Eagles to a 17-10 victory over the Giants.
The Eagles (4-6) threatened to squander another fourth-quarter lead, as Eli
Manning hit Victor Cruz for a 24-yard, game-tying touchdown with 11:36
But Young, playing in place of injured starter Michael Vick, engineered an 18-
play, 80-yard drive, hitting Riley Cooper in the back of the end zone for the
"We just knew we had to dig deep," said Cooper. "We knew we had to dig deep
and put the ball in the end zone. We pieced that drive together in the run
game and pass game."
The Giants (6-4) received the ball back with 2:45 remaining, but the
Philadelphia defense, largely culpable in five fourth-quarter collapses this
season, delivered the decisive blow, as Manning fumbled the ball away on a
Jason Babin sack.
Young completed 23-of-36 passes for 258 yards, two touchdowns and three
interceptions for the Eagles, who halted a two-game slide.
LeSean McCoy ran for 113 yards in the win and DeSean Jackson and Cooper
tallied 88 and 75 receiving yards, respectively. Steve Smith had a 14-yard
touchdown reception against his former team.
Manning threw for 264 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the
Giants, who have dropped two in a row.
Cruz caught six passes for 128 yards, while Brandon Jacobs totaled just 21
yards on 12 rushes to lead the team.
"That is the biggest disappointment that we have had around here in a long
time," said Giants coach Tom Coughlin. "I didn't like the way we played. I
know our offensive line was completely outplayed by the front eight of
Philadelphia has lost five games this season when holding a fourth-quarter
lead -- the 10th team in NFL history to do so.
No team has ever dropped six such games in a season, but a familiar trend
appeared to be emerging when Manning found Cruz in the end zone early in the
Young, who signed with Philadelphia during a busy offseason and has drawn
increasing ire for his preseason "Dream Team" comment, refused to be on the
wrong end of history.
The Eagles' game-winning drive featured six third-down conversions, including
Young's 3rd-and-8 touchdown pass to Cooper, who was filling in for the injured
On the Giants' ensuing drive, Manning connected with Cruz for a 47-yard
completion on 3rd-and-3, but Babin blindsided the signal caller on the next
play and Derek Landri made the recovery at the Eagles' 31.
Two plays later, McCoy escaped for a 60-yard run to the New York two, sealing
the final result.
Young, making his first start since Week 11 of last season as a member of the
Titans, showed signs of rust early, tossing two first-half interceptions.
"I had a couple of little jitters," said Young. "It's been a while."
Rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara, playing in his first NFL game, made one of
those picks. The Giants' first-round pick had been out since breaking his foot
in training camp.
The Eagles struck first on Alex Henery's 33-yard field goal early in the
Later, Jackson returned a Steve Weatherford punt 51 yards to the New York 14
and Young found Smith -- another offseason signee and former Giant -- for a
touchdown and a 10-0 lead.
"It's a great feeling," said Smith. "It's like a cherry on top of the win, to
be able to make a play and contribute, and especially against my old team."
Meanwhile, the Giants, without injured running back Ahmad Bradshaw, struggled
against a maligned Eagles defense.
Manning was intercepted during the first quarter and Jacobs failed to generate
"Just couldn't get anything going," said Manning. "We had trouble running the
ball, had some penalties, had some drops, and just never got in good rhythm."
They finally broke through late in the first half, as D. J. Ware's 10-yard
reception set up Lawrence Tynes' 48-yard field goal as time expired, making it
10-3 at the break.
Amukamara was taken with the 19th overall selection in this year's draft out
of Nebraska...Rookie linebacker Mark Herzlich, a cancer survivor, made his
first career start for the Giants and recorded four tackles...Jackson returned
from a team-mandated one-game suspension...Jamar Chaney had an interception
for the Eagles, while Kenny Phillips and Aaron Ross had picks for the Giants.
11/21 01:20:52 ET