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Game Balls and Goats: Week 9 Edition

The Giants Beat hands out game balls and anoints goats following an action-packed NFC East clash in New Jersey.

The New York Giants came up big when it mattered most with a crucial 28-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, earning them second place in the NFC East. 

Game Balls: The Giants took the lead early in the game, thanks to some defensive standouts. Landon Collins had a crucial pick to set the tone early in the first quarter, setting up the Giants' first TD. Shortly after, rookie safety Andrew Adams intercepted, leading the Giants to a 14-0 lead just five minutes into the game. Adams was making crucial tackles and found his niche in a touch matchup. Collins continued to be a game-changer throughout the contest. Just before halftime, he got the crowd going after bringing down Eagles' QB Carson Wentz. The second-year safety has three sacks and three interceptions so far this season, making a strong comeback as a redefined playmaker. Collins finished the game with 12 total tackles, gradually becoming one of the elite safeties in the league. Adding to an incredible defensive effort, Jason Pierre-Paul came up big. With less than a minute to go in the half, JPP blocked a field goal, reviving the Giants' momentum. 
Goats  Dwayne Harris hindered the Giants' efforts by trying to do too much in the return game. He was stopped before the 15 yard line in two instances, putting the Giants in a difficult position. There was also some questionable play calling by Mike Sullivan/Ben McAdoo, stifling the Giants' momentum. 
There is a lot to be celebrated after the crucial win a big time division game, but the Giants left MetLife stadium with two of their star players limping. With just a few weeks left in the regular season, Victor Cruz and Justin Pugh are dealing with a pair of injuries. The Giants are now sitting at 5-3 as they prepare to face the Bengals next Monday

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