The Eagles and Giants entered the second quarter knotted up at a touchdown apiece, but before halftime, Philadelphia was able to get out to a 17-7 lead. Here are some observations and key moments from the second frame.
Turning Defense Into Offense… Again
After parlaying a DeMeco Ryans interception into a 78-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter, 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 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.
Mufasa On The Mend
Veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans is questionable to return to tonight's game because of a hamstring injury. Before getting knocked out of the game, he made a handful of huge plays for the Birds, intercepting Eli Manning in the first quarter and jumping on a loose ball in the second quarter. He came up with a couple really nice tackles at the line of scrimmage early in the second quarter, and his fumble recovery at the 10:34 mark of the frame gave the Philadelphia defense its third takeaway of the night. The Giants had just three turnovers on the season coming into the game.
Bradford's Interception Thwarts Opportunity To Extend Lead
After taking over at their own 38 following a fumble forced by Malcolm Jenkins and recovered by Ryans, the Eagles got the ball into New York's zone after two completions by Sam Bradford. But with Zach Ertz open down the field, Bradford overthrew the third-year tight end, and his pass was intercepted by cornerback Jayron Hosley.
Curry Notches His First Sack 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 3rd-and-7, breaking free into the Giants' backfield and taking down Eli Manning for a loss of nine yards, forcing a three-and-out and giving Philadelphia the ball back.
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.
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