New York Giants v Philadelphia Eagles
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The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants for the fifth time in a row, ending Big Blue’s slim playoff hopes. 

Jason Leach

  • Philadelphia Eagles 25 (5-6)
  • New York Giants 22 (3-8)
  • NFL, NFC East, Final, Box Score
  • Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

Odell Beckham Jr.’s vision of the New York Giants winning their final eight games and finishing the year 9-7 ended on Sunday as they suffered a heartbreaking 25-22 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles.

At 3-8, the Giants are now all but officially eliminated from playoff contention.

The game started well for the Giants as they scored on the opening drive of the game, driving 75 yards on nine plays culminating on a Saquon Barkley 13-yard touchdown reception from Eli Manning. The Giants tried for a two-point conversion but failed.

After forcing an Eagles punt on their first possession of the game, the Giants extended their lead to 9-0 on an Aldrick Rosas 25-yard field goal. Rosas would connect again on a field in the second quarter from 51 yards out to make it 12-0.

The Eagles would score their first points on their next possession on a Jake Elliott 42-yard field goal.

The Giants would respond three plays later on a Barkley 51-yard touchdown run to put the Giants up 19-3. It was the Giants first rushing touchdown and Philadelphia since 2009.

Philadelphia would respond by going 75 yards six plays and scoring their first touchdown of the game on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz to Zach Ertz. The Eagles would convert a two-point conversion on a Corey Clement run to cut the deficit to 19-11.

The Giants had a chance to extend the Giants lead before halftime, but Manning threw a critical interception to Malcolm Jenkins at the Eagles two-yard line with 17 seconds remaining.

The Eagles would score the lone points in the third quarter on an Elliott 28-yard field goal.

After the consecutive punts by the two teams, the Eagles would take the lead following a Josh Adams 1-yard touchdown run, and he would also convert a two-point conversion to put the Eagles up 22-19.

The Giants offense was finally able to get something going in the second half as they drove down to the Eagles 11-yard line, but had to settle for another field goal by Rosas to tie the game at 22 with 5:52 remaining.

Unfortunately for the Giants, the defense which had been worn down in the second half wasn’t able to stop the Eagles offense as they drove down to the Giants 25-yard line on 10 plays and Elliott kicked what would be the game-winning field goal from 43 yards out with 22 seconds remaining.

The Giants futile attempt at a comeback was ended after Sterling Shepard caught a short pass from Manning, and then lateral to Odell Beckham Jr. who was tackled by Kamu Grugier-Hill.

For the second year in a row, the Giants suffered a heartbreaking defeat in Philadelphia. This loss all but ends their slim playoff hopes.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.