Giants fall to Eagles in sloppy NFC East showdown

The Giants relinquished first place in the NFC East with a sloppy performance on Monday Night Football against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The last time the Giants visited Philadelphia they lost 27-0 and wide receiver Victor Cruz went down for the year. 

Nearly one year later and not much has changed.

Cruz is still sidelined by his injured calf and Big Blue managed just seven more points in this contest, dropping a miscue-filled battle 27-7.

The Giants were off to an auspcious as Eli Manning directed a methodical drive 80-yard drive capped by a 13-yard pass to Odell Beckham Jr. to start the game. 

Beckham was listed as a gametime decision as his nagging hamstring injury didn't allow him to practice throughout the week. With his top offensive weapon at his disposal, it looked like Manning and company were prepared to run away with the victory.

Following a three-and-out on the Eagles first offensive possession of the game, the Giants marched down to Philadelphia's 23. Manning slung a pass to Larry Donnell who allowed DeMeco Ryan to pry the ball out of his grasp for an interception. 

The Eagles capitalized on the newfound momentum as Sam Bradford connected with Riley Cooper on a 32-yard strike to tie the game 7-7.

The Giants offense looked to rebound from its early miscue and faced a 4th-and-1 from the Eagles 41.

Manning handed off to Rashad Jennings who tried to bounce outside the tackle box, but was stopped in his own backfield for a loss. The Giants turned the ball over on downs and squandered yet another scoring opportunity. 

Philadelphia went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, but it was able to pin the Giants at their own 4.

On the third play of the ensurng drive, Manning telegraphed a pass intended for Rueben Randle, but Nolan Carroll stepped in front for the interception and returned it 18-yards for the touchdown. 

Suddenly the Giants found themselves down 14-7 after outplaying the Eagles for most of the first half. 

The turnovers kept coming for Big Blue with Jennings fumbling in Philadelphia territory and putting a halt to another potential scoring drive on the next offensive drive.

Eagles placekicker Caleb Sturgis rounded out the first half scoring booting through a 37-yard field goal just before the halftime buzzer. 

With the third quarter underway, the Eagles were bit by the turnover bug as wide receiver Jordan Matthews coughed up the ball at the Giants 31. 

Big Blue would go three-and-out on the ensuing possession and punt the ball back to Chip Kelly's offense. 

Bradford orchestrated his most complete drive of the game marching 85-yards on 11 plays with DeMarco Murray's 12-yard scamper improving the Eagles advantage to 24-7. 

The next five possessions were not worthy of being saved in the NFL archives as the Giants registered three consecutive three-and-outs and Bradford tossed two picks during his next two drives.

The Eagles would tack on a field goal with just over 5:16 remaining to put the finshing touches on an ugly Week 6 win.

The Giants entered Monday night action winners of three straight and aiming for a statement win to build on their lead in the NFC East. Instead the Eagles pounced on New York's mistakes and recaptured first place in the division. 

Tom Coughlin's crew will go back to the drawing board as they ready for a Week 7 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

More about the Game:

Murray registered his first 100-yard rushing performance of the season grinding out 109 yards against the Giants. 

Manning threw more than one interception for the first time all season. 

The Eagles and Giants combined for seven turnovers on Monday night. 

The Giants were held to a season-low 59 yards in the second half. 

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