Giants 26, Eagles 23 (OT)

Fast facts Giants record: 9-4 This time last year: 5-8 Time of game: 3:38 Attendance: 67,443 Stat worth noting: The Giants dominated the game's time of possession – 43:30 to 27:35, including an 11:35-3:25 edge in the opening quarter.

Stat worth noting II: The Giants converted only 26 out of a possible 42 points in the red zone.

Turning point: The Eagles had all the game's momentum – until Osi Umenyiora made yet another spectacular play. With less than six minutes to play in overtime, New York's Pro Bowl-bound right end came crashing through the line and forced Eagles QB Mike McMahon to fumble at Philly's 27-yard line. Four plays later, Jay Feely's field goal won it for Big Blue.

Play to remember: Plaxico Burress corralled a tipped Eli Manning pass to convert a third down in the third quarter. New York desperately needed to move the sticks and Burress came through after he stayed with the batted ball for the big catch.

Play to forget: Midway through the fourth quarter, Eagles WR Reggie Brown ran a sideline pattern neck-and-neck with Corey Webster. The Giants rookie corner should have intercepted the pass, but instead had it pop in the air right into Brown's hands for a 35-yard gain. Instead of New York having a six-point lead, the ball and momentum, the highlight-film grab allowed the Eagles to cut New York's lead in half with 6:28 to play.

By the numbers

1: Number of games by which New York leads Dallas in the NFC East after both pulled off dramatic victories.

3: Overtime games this season it took until the Giants won in the extra session.

9: Number of games since the Eagles scored as many points as they did against New York.

82: Combined age of the game's two punters – 43-year-old Sean Landeta and 39-year-old Jeff Feagles.

What they said

"Everybody's done a nice job. The NFC East has done a nice job. Tom Coughlin's done a heck of a job with this football team. He deserves a lot of credit, they won the football game." – Eagles coach Andy Reid

"To win a game on the road with a minus-two (turnover ratio) is very, very rare." – Giants coach Tom Coughlin

What went right

Eli Manning was very fortunate during the first half when the Eagles dropped three easy interceptions, two of which very well could have been run back the distance.

David Akers missed a 49-yard field goal when the ball bounced off the top of the crossbar, into the air and just missed giving the Birds their first lead.

Tiki Barber made the team bus. Barber tied his career high in attempts – also set against Philly – with 32 rushes for 124 yards. He also added 71 yards on five receptions.

Jeremy Shockey was a force for New York, catching 10 passes for 107 yards, and moving the sticks on multiple key occasions.

What went wrong

Bob Whitfield, filling in for Luke Petitgout, jumped offsides three times, including once during the final two minutes. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe also was flagged for moving before the snap.

Ryan Moats looked an awful lot like Tiki Barber against New York on Sunday. Moats busted off two long TD runs en route to a 114-yard afternoon. He was elusive and often had Big Blue defenders grasping at air.

The Eagles did a great job of keeping the Giants offense in check. Manning's longest completion went for only 32 yards and very rarely did Manning even attempt to throw anything deeper than medium range passes against the Eagles' Cover 2 defense.

The Giants suffered multiple injuries, leaving the status of several key players in doubt for Saturday's tilt against the Chiefs.

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