With both teams headed into the locker room for halftime, the Eagles hold a one-point lead over the Giants in this 2015 season finale. New York will receive to start the second half, continuing late first-half momentum. With 13 seconds remaining on the clock before halftime, running back Rashad Jennings tacked on a 2-yard touchdown run to bring the score to 21-20. Here are the biggest takeaways from the first half ...
Red Zone 'D' Holds Giants To Three
New York began the second quarter at the Philadelphia 12-yard line following a 21-yard rush from Jennings, who has 116 yards on 17 carries in the first half. The team inched closer to the end zone with a 5-yard gain, but on second down linebacker Marcus Smith sacked quarterback Eli Manning, pushing the Giants back to where they began. The sack was the first full one of Smith's career and forced New York to settle for a 30-yard field goal.
Pierre-Paul Tips Forces Interception
Immediately following the Giants' second field goal of the game, quarterback Sam Bradford helped move his team 14 yards to the Eagles' 34-yard line on the Eagles' first possession of the second quarter. However, the Giants then struck a bit of luck when defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul got a hand on Bradford's throw, a pass that was intended for Josh Huff. With the ball in the air, Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas was able to catch and secure it, giving possession back to New York. Two plays and 35-yards later, tight end Will Tye caught a 9-yard touchdown grab from Manning.
Matthews Inches Closer To 1,000
With Jordan Matthews' five first-half catches, he trails the Eagles' single-season reception record by just seven cathes. The record of 90 receptions was set by Eagles Hall of Fame running back Brian Westbrook in 2007. Additionally, Matthews totaled 45-receiving yards in the first half and is now only 12 yards shy of hitting 1,000 on the season. He has one touchdown on the day, which came at the 4:47 mark of the second quarter.
Ertz Over 100
Last weekend against Washington, Zach Ertz finished with 13 receptions for 122 yards. Today, he picked up right where he left off. The tight end has four catches for 101 yards through the opening half, one of which was a 60-yard reception that set up the 6-yard Darren Sproles touchdown. His other three receptions were for 11, 11 and 19 yards. Ertz became the first Eagles tight end with back-to-back 100-yard games since 2009.
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