The Eagles conclude the 2014 season at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants with an eye on reaching 10 wins for the second straight season ...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Eagles lead 14-10 after the first quarter following two passing touchdowns from Mark Sanchez - one to Jordan Matthews and the other to Brent Celek.
The two rookie receivers featured in this matchup - Matthews and New York's Odell Beckham, Jr. - have not disappointed. Matthews had two catches for 68 yards and a 44-yard touchdown. Beckham led the Giants with 49 yards on four catches.
The Giants opened up the game with a six-play, 80-yard drive as Reuben Randle, Beckham, hauled in two passes for 61 yards. Randle caught a 43-yard reception down the left sideline despite double coverage. On the next play, Randle caught an 18-yard pass over the middle to get to the 1-yard line.
Rookie Andre Williams punched the ball in for the touchdown.
The Eagles answered with an 80-play drive of their own, but it took only three plays for the Eagles to score. Tight end Zach Ertz caught a pass over the middle for 18 yards. Running back LeSean McCoy gained 23 yards on a sweep. And rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews caught his eight touchdown on on a 44-yard catch-and-run off a shallow cross.
The Eagles' second touchdown was aided by a pass interference penalty on cornerback Chykie Brown to nullify an interception. Sanchez went deep to Riley Cooper and the pass was picked off by safety Stevie Brown, but Chykie Brown pulled Cooper back to keep him from going for the ball. The 41-yard penalty resulted in Celek's first touchdown of the season, a 1-yard reception.
The Giants added a 38-yard field goal from kicker Josh Brown thanks to a 22-yard catch and another 17-yard reception by Beckham. The Eagles have mixed up the coverage on Beckham. Cornerback Cary Williams shadowed Beckham early, but Nolan Carroll II, who is starting for the injured Bradley Fletcher, has covered him as well. With Carroll starting, rookie Jaylen Watkins is seeing snaps on the outside in the dime package.