Post Game Thoughts

<b>What went right</b><br> * Rookie Jamaar Taylor made a huge impact, utilizing the speed that is obviously lacking in New York's two starting wideouts - Ike Hilliard and Amani Toomer.

Taylor caught only two passes, but both were deep balls, something that's been missing from the Giants offense for quite some time. Taylor had a 52-yard grab and a 50-yarder that set up New York's first points of the game.

* New York finally posted a turnover after two straight games without one. Osi Umenyiora was in the right place at the right time after Donovan McNabb let the ball slip out of his hands in the second quarter. To think this defense forced seven TOs in Week Two against Washington.

* Will Allen played well in coverage and had a game-high 10 tackles. However, he dropped a golden opportunity to pick off an errant McNabb pass that might have changed the game's momentum in the third quarter.

* Tiki Barber avoided a serious injury to his shin after getting hit in the first half.

What went wrong
* The red zone problems reared their ugly head again. New York made three trips inside the Philly 20-yard line and came away with only six points on two field goals. The play calling down there was questionable, at best. The Eagles, on the other hand, twice slammed the ball into the end zone on their two red-zone chances.

* Donovan McNabb did a good job of spreading the ball around, often using Terrell Owens as a decoy and finding other receivers. That's exactly what happened on the Eagles first play from scrimmage, when McNabb hooked up with Todd Pinkston for a 50-yard gain.

* Eli Manning's head is probably still spinning from the various defenses and blitzes Philly threw at him. He was sacked five times, hit on several other occasions, and completed only six passes all afternoon. He was also picked off twice, compiling a ghastly 16.9 rating in the process.

* Amani Toomer continues to be a non-factor, getting open very infrequently and catching only one pass for six yards.

Fast facts
Giants record: 5-6
This time last year: 4-7
Time of game: 2:57
Attendance: 78,830

Stat worth noting: The Eagles dominated the time of possession, 33:48-26:12. In the second half, when New York futilely attempted to come back, the Birds played keep-away for 21:05 of the final 30 minutes. The Giants only gained 47 yards in the second half.

Stat worth noting II: Eli Manning completed only two of 11 passes in the second half for 14 yards.

Turning point: The Giants had just cut Philly's lead to 7-6 midway through the second quarter when Osi Umenyiora pounced on a Donovan McNabb fumble. Eli Manning went for the jugular, going up top to fellow rookie Jamaar Taylor for a 52-yard gain to the Eagles 3-yard line. On the next play, Manning threw a fade pass into the end zone that was picked off by Eagles safety Quintin Mikell. So instead of taking at worst a two-point lead, the Giants blew a golden opportunity that they'd never get again.

Plays to remember: Twice Jamaar Taylor was able to get open deep. Taylor's two catches for 102 yards weren't enough to make it a game against the Eagles, but it sure gave Giants fans a little optimism about the potential of New York's rookie receiver.

Play to forget: When Jevon Kearse of the Eagles shed Marcellus Rivers' block attempt and swatted away Jeff Feagles' punt midway through the third quarter, it basically took New York out of a chance to win the game. The Birds drove 28 yards to a 20-6 lead and the Giants were cooked. Last year, Feagles failed to punt the ball out of bounds to Philly's Brian Westbrook who returned it for a late-game touchdown that broke New York's hearts.

By the numbers
0: Possibility on a scale of 0-100 that Tom Coughlin will understand or accept Barrett Green's explanation for punching Eagles LB Jeremiah Trotter on the sideline, leading to Green's ejection.
3: Total combined passes caught by Jeremy Shockey (2), Amani Toomer (1) and Ike Hilliard.
4: Number of games the Giants have lost in a row.
16.9: Eli Manning's QB rating against the Eagles. Enough said.

What they said
"The second half was just a mess. Offense, defense, special teams, we just didn't make any plays. It is not the game you want to play." - Giants LB Kevin Lewis

"Nice to win the NFC East again. Never take them for granted and we still have a lot to do. It is a battle every year, so you enjoy it but you don't lose focus of what is ahead." - Eagles coach Andy Reid

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