A dominant second half and another late Jake Elliott field goal guided the Eagles to a critical 25-22 win over the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
The Eagles took possession at their own 25-yard line with the score tied at 22 and 5:49 to left to play. After a 21-yard completion from Carson Wentz to Alshon Jeffery brought the Eagles past midfield, they faced a fourth-and-1 at the Giants' 42. Under pressure, Wentz found a wide open Nelson Agholor over the middle for 12 yards and a first down.
The Eagles then used runs by running back Josh Adams to drain the clock. Elliott hit a 43-yard field goal to give the Eagles a 25-22 lead with 22 seconds left.
The Giants had one more chance, getting the ball with 16 seconds remaining. A first-down pass went incomplete and took off six seconds. A second-down pass to Saquon Barkley was stopped for a short gain. With five seconds left, a lateral play was stopped at midfield by linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill and the Eagles held on for the win.
Wentz finished the game 20-of-28 for 236 yards and a touchdown. Adams scored his second-career touchdown and led the team in rushing with 84 yards on 22 carries. Tight end Zach Ertz paced the team in receiving with 91 yards on seven receptions and a touchdown.
In the first half, another slow start for the Eagles' offense put the team in a hole. On their opening drive, the Giants marched down the field and scored a touchdown on a 13-yard pass to Barkley. A failed two-point conversion attempt kept the score 6-0.
The Eagles followed with two drives of just five plays. Adams appeared to have a 52-yard touchdown run, but it was called back due to a holding penalty. The Giants added two more drives resulting in long field goals to make it 12-0 in the second quarter.
A 42-yard field goal got the Eagles on the board, but the Giants scored on the ensuing drive thanks to a 51-yard touchdown run by Barkley. Trailing 19-3, the Eagles marched down the field and scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass to Ertz with a little more than a minute to play. Corey Clement converted to the two-point attempt to pull the Eagles to within eight points at 19-11.
The Giants threatened to score again before the half, but a Malcolm Jenkins put a stop to it thanks to an interception, giving the Eagles a little momentum heading into the break.
The Eagles' defense led the way in the second half. After the Eagles punted on the first drive of the half, a Michael Bennett sack helped force a Giants three-and-out. The Eagles then drove down the field with dominant runs by Adams, but settled for a field goal to make the score 19-14 with 6:49 left in the third.
The defense was dominant again on the next drive and forced a punt after five plays. After a short offensive drive, the defense forced another three-and-out with another sack, this one on third down by defensive end Chris Long. The Giants' first 11 plays of the second half totaled -7 yards. After gaining 346 yards of offense in the first half, the Giants only amassed 56 in the final 30 minutes of the game.
The Eagles followed with possibly the most important drive of the season. Adams and Clement ran through the Giants' defense on a seven-play, 61-yard drive that culminated with a 1-yard score by Adams, who also punched in the two-point conversion to give the Eagles a 22-19 advantage with a little more than 10 minutes remaining.
The Giants' offense moved quickly into the Eagles' red zone, but the defense stepped up when it mattered most and kept them out of the end zone. A 29-yard field goal evened the score at 22 with 5:49 to play. The Eagles' offense then took over and drove for more than five minutes to let Elliott beat the Giants again.
With the win, the Eagles improve to 5-6 on the season. They will take on the Washington Redskins next Monday night at home in another pivotal NFC East matchup.
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