Game Notes

Quite challenging: Former Giants coach Jim Fassel was legendary for losing instant replay challenges. Not so for Tom Coughlin, who had a call reversed on his first tossed red flag of the season. <BR><BR>

After the play was reviewed it was determined that Donovan McNabb had actually crossed the line of scrimmage before he completed a 15-yard pass to Terrell Owens to convert a third-and-eight into Giants territory in the opening period.

A leg up: Steve Christie's 53-yard field goal in the second quarter tied for the eighth-longest FG in club history and the longest successful three-pointer since Brad Daluiso drilled a 54-yarder on Nov. 28, 1993 vs. Phoenix. Ali Haji-Sheikh owns the two longest field goals in team history, connecting on 56-yarders vs. Green Bay on Sept. 26, 1983 and at Detroit on Nov. 7, 1983.

Ouch: Jeff Feagles took a vicious, borderline cheap shot from Eagles LB Jeremiah Trotter. However, he was able to remain in action. Eagles first-round pick Shawn Andrews wasn't as lucky; he was carted off after fracturing his fibula and is finished for the season.

Feagles wasn't happy with Trotter's play. "I would not have a problem with it if it was a legal hit," he said. "I do have a problem with it when it is an illegal hit. If you hit a guy in the helmet I cannot accept that at all."

Not surprisingly, Trotter professed innocence. "That was clean," he said. "I wouldn't have hit him but he was going to try to make a tackle."

For starters: As expected, LG Jason Whittle, MLB Kevin Lewis and FS Brent Alexander opened the game in the starting lineup. Whittle played pretty well considering his newness to the team, but was flagged for a false start in the second quarter. Lewis was New York's leading tackler with nine stops and a sack, while Alexander posted four hits and broke up two passes. TE Jeremy Shockey and CB Will Allen, both bothered recently by injuries, also started the contest. Shockey had two catches to go with two drops. Allen actually didn't play as bad as it might have appeared, but still showed plenty of rust.

"Will Allen's a better football player than that," Tom Coughlin said. "I think he'll come back from that."

"I was ready to play," Allen said. "If I wasn't ready to play I wouldn't have played. I just have to make my plays."

For openers: The Giants had their five-game opening-day winning streak over the Eagles snapped, and now lead Philly 8-7 in campaign-opening contests. New York's opening-day record dropped to 45-30-5 and their mark vs. the Birds fell to 73-64-2.

Tom Coughlin dropped only his third opener in nine seasons as a head coach.

On the shelf: The following Giants were deactivated prior to the season opener: Rookie S Gibril Wilson, newly-signed RB Mike Cloud, CB Frank Walker, rookie OL Greg Walker, newly-signed OT Marques Sullivan, rookie WR Jamaar Taylor and newly-signed DT Kenderick Allen. Jesse Palmer was the third QB. It was revealed shortly before the game that Walker had a broken bone in his foot. He'll likely be sidelined at least a month.


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