Giants: 27, Eagles 17

Fast facts Giants record: 7-3 This time last year: 5-5 Time of game: 3:08 Attendance: 78,626 Stat worth noting: The Giants were able to emerge victorious despite regressing to their usual third down problems. New York converted only three-of-12 against the Eagles.

Stat worth noting II: Nine of the game's first 10 possessions ended in punts. From that point forward, there were only two punts combined.

Turning point: With the Giants holding a tenuous 13-7 lead late in the third quarter, the defense rose up and met the challenge. After a penalty gave the Birds first-and-goal from the Giants 1, the defense held the Eagles to a field goal after an aborted snap and two incompletions.

Play to remember: The Giants salted the game away on a third down with less than six minutes to play. Eli Manning pump-faked, then lofted a perfect pass to Plaxico Burress, who collected the ball and outraced Eagles CB Sheldon Brown for a 61-yard score.

Play to forget: In the second quarter, Manning dropped back to pass, was hit by Kearse and dropped the ball. In the scrum, the ball was kicked backwards by an Eagles player for a loss of 24. The Giants were fortunate that Tiki recovered on their own 18.

By the numbers

3: TDs thrown by Eli Manning, one week after a four-INT performance vs. the Vikings.

6: Number of combined three-and-outs in the first half.

15: Consecutive quarters in which the Giants defense did not allow a touchdown before Reggie Brown caught a TD pass in the third quarter.

130: Final QB rating of Manning, who completed 17-of-26 passes for 218 yards and the trio of TDs.

What they said

"I thought we played a smart game. I thought Eli played very well. I thought we did the things we needed to do at the times we needed to do them." – Giants coach Tom Coughlin

"It was a tough loss. I don't question the guys' effort. We just weren't as sharp as we need to be offensively in the first half. We need to go back and get it together here a little bit, and we're going to do that." – Eagles coach Andy Reid

What went right

David Tyree returned to the lineup in a big way. After missing time with an elbow injury, Tyree responded and turned the game in the Giants favor with a second-quarter blocked punt.

New York's offensive line didn't appear to miss a beat with Bob Whitfield in at left tackle for injured Luke Petitgout and Jason Whittle manning the center spot for Shaun O'Hara.

Even though the defense finally surrendered a touchdown – for the first time in just shy of a month – they did a great job of keeping the dangerous Brian Westbrook under wraps and not allowing reserve QB Mike McMahon to hurt them too badly.

As usual, Tiki Barber (112 rushing yards) and Plaxico Burress (113 receiving yards) showed up to play and led the Giants to victory.

What went wrong

The Giants pass rush was basically non-existent all afternoon. New York did a solid job against the run but finished the contest with no sacks.

On the flip side, the Eagles were in Eli Manning's face all game long. Jevon Kearse (3) and Trent Cole combined to sack Manning five times.

Brandon Jacobs didn't exactly return to his early-season form. On three consecutive plays from the Eagles 1-yard line, he was stopped for no gain. On New York's next goal-line opportunity, Jacobs remained on the sideline.

The Giants missed a golden opportunity to grasp the momentum early in the game when David Tyree's excellent play to down Jeff Feagles' punt at the 1-yard line was wiped away by a holding call on Derrick Ward.

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