On the night of a big NFC East matchup, the Eagles came out on top, downing the Giants, 27-7. The all-black uniforms provided the exact spark Philadelphia needed as the team got to the .500 mark and is now in a tie for first place in the division with the very team it defeated tonight. Here are some of the top takeaways from the victory:
Dominant Defense Holds Giants To Seven Points
On the opening drive of the game, the Philadelphia defense struggled to stop a hot New York offense. Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. successfully connected on a 13-yard touchdown pass. However, that would be the only touchdown of the game for New York because after, the Eagles dominated. The defense forced three turnovers and continuously stopped the opposition on third downs. Additionally, they were able to sack Manning four times, matching the quarterback's sack total through the opening five games. The defense certainly led the way to the victory.
Turning Defense Into Offense ... Again**
Turnovers proved to be key in this game, as the Eagles were able to make the most of their opportunities throughout the night. Previously, New York has just three on the season but that total was doubled by the conclusion of the game. With 5:18 remaining in the first quarter, Manning threw his first interception of the game to linebacker DeMeco Ryans, ending the Giants' drive. The pick was Ryans' first of 2015 and Philadelphia's seventh this season.
After parlaying Ryans' interception into a 78-yard touchdown drive, the Eagles were able to score off another turnover on the Giants' first possession of the second quarter. This time, though, the offense didn't even need to set foot onto the field, as cornerback Nolan Carroll jumped in front of a screen pass intended for Dwayne Harris and took the ball 17 yards for a touchdown, putting Philadelphia up 14-7 with 12:26 left in the quarter.
In the first half, DeMarco Murray rushed just five times for 12 yards, but on the Eagles' second drive of the second half he was a key to an 11-play, 85-yard touchdown drive. He carried the ball five times for 41 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown scamper to cap off the drive, and looked more spry with the ball in his hands than perhaps on any drive this season. In all, Murray finished the night with 22 carries for 109 yards and had his biggest game as an Eagle.
Curry Notches His First Sacks Of The Year
Last season, Vinny Curry finished second on the Eagles in sacks, with 9.0, but through five games the fourth-year defensive end had yet to get his hands on the quarterback. But at the midpoint of the second quarter, he made a huge play on a New York third-and-7, breaking free into the Giants' backfield and taking down Eli Manning for a loss of 9 yards, forcing a three-and-out and giving Philadelphia the ball back. He finished the game with 1.5 sacks on Manning, as he and teammate Brandan Graham split another toward the end of the first half.
Two-Minute Drill Leads To Points
On the final possession of the second quarter, the Eagles took over at their own 34 with 1:12 left on the clock. Philadelphia orchestrated a nice drive down the field, working the ball all the way down to the Giants' 9-yard line before settling for a Caleb Sturgis field goal to go ahead 17-7 at the intermission.
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