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Third Quarter Review: Eagles Still Trail 12-0

Posted Oct 27, 2013

The Eagles received the second half kickoff, with quarterback Matt Barkley leading the offense. The unit immediately started moving the ball down the field by gaining chunks of yardage in the running game. Eight called runs accumulated 37 yards, and two passes went for 17 yards, before a five-yard sack on third-and-5 brought up fourth-and-9 at the Giants' 32-yard line. Head coach Chip Kelly bypassed the field goal opportunity and elected to keep his offense on the field and go for it. Following a brief fumble on the snap, Barkley gathered the ball and looked for wide receiver Jason Avant over the middle. The throw was high and incomplete, and the Eagles turned the ball over on downs.

The Giants took the field and started the drive with a handoff to running back Michael Cox that went for no gain. On second down, quarterback Eli Manning completed a pass to wide receiver Victor Cruz, who was tackled by two Eagles defenders and was injured on the play. He went to the locker room for X-rays on his neck, and his return is questionable. On third down, Manning completed a pass to wide receiver Hakeem Nicks on a crossing route, and he was tackled by Eagles safety Nate Allen after just a one-yard gain. The Giants punted on fourth down, pinning the Eagles at their own five-yard line.

On the ensuing the drive, the Eagles attempted three straight run plays with running back LeSean McCoy, who was stopped for no gain on third-and-1. The Eagles punted the ball back to the Giants, who took over at their own 36-yard line.

Eagles outside linebacker Connor Barwin burst through on first down and corralled Manning, who got rid of the ball under duress but could not get it back to the line of the scrimmage. Intentional grounding was called, and the Giants were in a second-and-19 hole. Manning threw incomplete to tight end Brandon Myers on second down, and on third down completed a 12-yard pass to wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan. The Giants punted, this time getting a nice bounce down to the Eagles’ two-yard line after wide receiver DeSean Jackson could not cleanly catch the ball.

After a completion to wide receiver Riley Cooper on first down, running back Bryce Brown was stopped for a loss of five yards on second-and-3. On third-and-8, Barkley completed a pass to Jackson over the middle, but he was stopped one yard shy of the first down. The Eagles were forced to punt once again, but this time the punt only traveled 29 yards, and the Giants started their drive at the Eagles’ 41-yard line.

The Giants finished the third quarter with a mix of passes and runs, gaining 24 yards and getting down to the Eagles’ 17-yard line when clock expired.

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