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Game Turns On Fourth-And-1

As sloppy as the team had played through the first three-plus quarters, the Eagles were still leading the visiting New York Giants 22-16, facing a fourth-and-one from the Giants' 46-yard-line. Despite the offense failing to convert a touchdown from a first-down at the 2-yard-line on the series before, head coach Andy Reid forewent the punt and kept his offense on the field, only to have LeSean McCoy stuffed for a three-yard loss, giving the Giants the ball around midfield.

Seven plays later, Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz for a 28-yard touchdown over Nnamdi Asomugha and Jarrad Page, Cruz's second touchdown of the game, for a 20-16 lead the Giants would never relinquish en route to their 29-16 victory. Even amid a disappointing performance in all phases of the game, was the decision to go for it on that fourth-quarter fourth down a game-changing decision?

"I thought it was the right thing to do," said Reid after game. "That's on me, and it's my responsibility there to make sure that we call those in the right situations."

DeSean Jackson, who was held in check for only two catches for 30 yards, said that the team's failing after the missed fourth-down conversion falls on both sides of the ball.

"Whatever play is called you have to out-execute the other team," Jackson said. "Any time you go for it on fourth-and-one and don't make it, the defense has to really step up and rally."

"I don't know what happened," said center Jason Kelce, who added that he thought the interior of the line wiped out the defensive tackles. "We'll have to see on film, but good teams find a way to pick those up."

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