Giants fall to Philly

"It's real disappointing. It's like getting kicked in the stomach. We're all in it together. We'll find a way." – Giants coach Tom Coughlin

What went right

* The game ended. At times during this game that moved at a snails-pace, it appeared that the Eagles were going to lay an infinite beating on New York.

* Ron Dayne gave New York an early lead by barreling over Darwin Walker for a three-yard TD. That capped a 66-yard drive and would serve as the high point of the contest for the Giants, just a mere 6:43 into the campaign.

* No one got seriously hurt. While there was the usual array of bumps and bruises, the tissue thin Giants didn't suffer any further debilitating injuries heading into next week's matchup with Washington.

* Any questions regarding new kicker Steve Christie's leg strength were quickly put to rest after he drilled a 53-yard field goal shortly before halftime.

* The Giants are one step closer to getting Eli Manning into the lineup. In no way, shape or form is this loss laid at the feet of Kurt Warner, who actually moved the team pretty well. But New York's ultimate goal is to have Manning under center and more games like this will expedite the process.

What went wrong

* The Giant could not stop Terrell Owens, who caught three TD passes in his first game in an Eagles uniform. While they kept him in check, with no catch going for more than 20 yards, he was head and shoulders above the Giants defense.

* Brent Alexander's first-quarter interception was overruled after a challenge by Eagles coach Andy Reid. On the next play Donovan McNabb hit Todd Pinkston for a 53-yard gain, setting up Philly's go-ahead score, which gave the Birds a lead they would not relinquish.

* Will Allen has had better days at the office, although not all of the secondary's miscues were his fault. In his defense, which he refused to use as an excuse, he barely practiced in the week leading up to the game.

* The Eagles converted more than half of their third downs (7-of-13), thereby keeping the Giants defense on the field and its offense off it.

* Philadelphia was perfect in the red zone, scoring touchdowns all four times they reached New York's 20-yard line.

By the numbers

1: Total combined turnovers. Kurt Warner's goal-line fumble was it for the entire game.

3: Consecutive games in which the Eagles have beaten the Giants. New York's last win came in the final game of the 2002 season, a 10-7 Giants Stadium victory.

4: Number of three-and-out series the Giants had. New York averaged more than six yards per offensive play, yet was never in it because they couldn't consistently move the ball.

119: Yards rushing by Eagles RB Brian Westbrook, who posted his first career 100-yard game in his third season.

Stat worth noting: New York actually out-rushed the Eagles, 170-141. Behind a supposedly shaky offensive line, the Giants were able to run the ball pretty well, averaging 7.4 yards per rush. That number increased significantly following Tiki Barber's 72-yard TD jaunt in garbage time.

Stat worth noting II: While the Eagles moved the sticks on more than half of their third downs, the Giants only converted five-of-15 third downs for 33 percent. All told the offense moved the ball well enough, but couldn't make the big play when necessary. Sound familiar?

Turning point: The Giants caught everyone's attention when the rejuvenated Ron Dayne capped a scoring march with a three-yard TD run. That gave the Giants a 7-0 lead early on and had to help out in the confidence department. New York couldn't have felt too good about itself for too long, though. On the Eagles first play from scrimmage, Brian Westbrook busted off right tackle for a 50-yard gain. Two plays later the Birds scored to tie the game. Any momentum the Giants had quickly disappeared, as did any shot they had of winning the game.

Play to remember: The game was long since decided, but it was nice to see Tiki Barber take the handoff on Eli Manning's first professional play and scamper 72 yards for a score. Barber followed blocks from RT David Diehl and RG Chris Snee to paydirt.

Play to forget: Due to a blown coverage in the secondary, Terrell Owens was wide open in the corner of the end zone to haul in his third TD pass of the game, a 12-yard score that gave the Birds a commanding 31-10 edge.

What they said

"It's real disappointing. It's like getting kicked in the stomach. We're all in it together. We'll find a way." – Giants coach Tom Coughlin

"Terrell (Owens) played a good part. He scored three touchdowns. He blocked downfield great. He made key catches on third down and he's a big part of our offense." – Eagles RB Brian Westbrook


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