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Eagles Get Back On Track With 34-13 Win Over Giants

The Eagles got the win they needed on Thursday night, as they defeated the New York Giants, 34-13, at MetLife Stadium to improve to 3-3.

Mistakes were an emphasis for the Eagles in previous losses and they were minimized on Thursday. The Eagles were penalized just four times for a total of 25 yards, had zero turnovers, and converted 9 of 16 third-down chances. The offense found its footing for 271 passing yards, 108 rushing yards, and four touchdowns.

Quarterback Carson Wentz completed 26 of 36 passes for 278 yards with three touchdowns. He was sacked just once.

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery had a standout game with eight receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Corey Clement added a touchdown on the ground with 43 yards on 11 carries.

The Eagles practiced what they preached all week and started fast. Eli Manning’s second pass of the game was tipped by linebacker Jordan Hicks and fell into the waiting hands of fellow linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, who took the interception down to the Giants’ 16-yard line.

Three plays later, Wentz escaped a rush, rolled to his right, and threw across his body to hit Jeffery for a touchdown. The game became Wentz’s 19th-straight with a touchdown, the longest streak in team history.

The fast start set the tone for the Eagles’ offense that was in need of a bounce-back game. On the Eagles’ third drive, Clement, making his first appearance in two weeks, rushed for 14 yards on his first carry and then punched in a 1-yard score to make it 14-3 with 1:28 left in the first. It was a good sign for a banged-up backfield.

With a 14-6 lead, the Eagles’ offense showed its explosive ability with a 58-yard pass to wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who finished the game with 91 yards on three receptions. Wentz went to tight end Zach Ertz on the next play for a 10-yard touchdown, continuing his historic start to 2018 and giving the Eagles a 21-6 lead with less than five minutes to go in the half.

The Eagles’ defense had a tremendous first half as well. Defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao and defensive end Michael Bennett each had first-half sacks of Manning, part of four total on the night, and the Eagles held the Giants to field goals twice in the red zone.

Vaeao’s sack on third down helped the Eagles earn a chance to hit a 33-yard field goal to increase their lead to 24-6 at the half. With 24, the Eagles scored more points in the first half than they had in an entire game all season.

The Eagles controlled the third quarter as they held the ball for 12:28 in two drives. The first drive ended with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jeffery. The second drive took the game into the fourth quarter and ended with a 30-yard field goal by Jake Elliott to make it 31-13.

The Giants’ offense didn’t get much going against a disciplined and fast Eagles defense. Manning was 24-of-43 passing for 281 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

Standout rookie running back Saquon Barkley drove the Giants’ offense with a 46-yard run and a 55-yard reception in the first half that led to field goals. A 50-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the only time the Giants found the end zone. He finished with 130 rushing yards on 13 carries and 99 receiving yards on 12 receptions.

But other than Barkley, the Eagles’ defense played off the offense’s energy and shut down Manning and the Giants. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was held to six receptions for 44 yards, as cornerback Ronald Darby primarily covered him and racked up four pass deflections and two tackles. Seven different Eagles contributed to 13 quarterback hits.

It was a much-needed victory for an Eagles team that is now 1-0 in divisional play and could lead the NFC East after this weekend. The Eagles will have 10 days off before returning home to face Cam Newton and the 3-1 Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field.

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