Giants Fall To Second Place With 27-17 Loss

The Giants committed five turnovers and the defense let down at key moments in a wild 27-17 loss to Philadelphia. Two straight divisional losses won't sit well in that locker room.

The Giants are 6-4, they've lost two straight division games, and stand in second place of the NFC East after a wild 27-17 loss to Philadelphia.

Had a defense that has suddenly turned eminently bendable not held four drives to David Akers field goals, this one could have been over early. But the offense, which produced a touchdown off Barry Cofield's fourth-quarter fumble recovery to go ahead, made mistakes and couldn't answer LeSean McCoy's 50-yard touchdown run.

The Giants' turnover problems continued, as Eli Manning accounted for four turnovers himself with three interceptions and a fumble. The Giants had five all-told.

Here's the good and the bad.


Shawn Andrews: Give him credit; he started at left tackle despite missing three days of practice. He was still sore, but he did a good job keeping pass-rusher Trent Cole off Manning. Wasn't great on run blocking, but that's tough with a bad back.

Justin Tuck: The defensive end fought through a fourth-quarter double-team to finally get to Michael Vick and force a fumble, Vick's first turnover of the season. Barry Cofield recovered, and the offense produced the go-ahead touchdown. He also had a sack later on, forcing a punt.

Derek Hagan: He was only signed Tuesday, but Hagan caught the go-ahead touchdown pass on Manning's 5-yard toss to the back of the end zone. He served as the slot receiver and caught three passes for 10 yards and a touchdown.


Ahmad Bradshaw: Another lost fumble, his fifth of the season, in the second quarter at the Giants' 23 led to a field goal. Brandon Graham reached in and stripped it out, allowing Asante Samuel to recover. 

Manning: Three picks, including one deep in Giants territory. In fact, Manning's 14th pick of the season happened on the possession after Bradshaw's fumble and resulted in another field goal and a 13-3 lead. He now has eight interceptions in four games, though it's almost cruel to count the last one with one second remaining in the game. Then, he fumbled after scrambling for a fourth-quarter first down as he tried to bring his team back from 24-17 down.

Special Teams: A mixed bag, mostly bad. Terrell Thomas did a great job as the first half ended in blocking David Akers' 42-yard field goal attempt. Other than that, yuck. Matt Dodge shanked a 25-yard punt. Will Blackmon nearly got his head knocked off as he fumbled after he ill-advisedly picked up a punt, and Aaron Ross held on the same play. No blocking in sight as Tom Coughlin let special teams coach Tom Quinn have it on the sidelines. Clint Sintim gave the Eagles 15 extra yards on a late hit on a third-quarter kickoff return. Go ahead, ask the question again. How long can Coughlin go with the inconsistent Dodge, who also shanked two punts last week in the loss to Dallas.

Pass rush: They blitzed Antrel Rolle plenty, but they didn't really pound Michael Vick until the end. If not for Vick overthrowing the lightning fast DeSean Jackson deep and Jason Avant dropping an end zone throw on a blown coverage, the Eagles would have had an early rout. No luck whatsoever with the four-man rush, and LB Michael Boley got snookered on Vick's touchdown run.

Ground game: The rebuilt left side of the offensive line couldn't hold off a stout Eagles front, so running room came at a premium for both Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs.

Defense: They gave up a touchdown drive of 13 plays and a field goal drive of 14 plays. That left little time for the offense to try to get into any kind of rhythm in the first half. Rookie Jason Pierre-Paul jumped offside in the fourth quarter to create a third-and-1, and then a fourth-and-1 that produced LeSean McCoy's 50-yard touchdown run that, with a two-point conversion, put the Eagles ahead 24-17. It later gave up a 40-yard run to McCoy as the Eagles ran down the clock.

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