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Birds' D, Officials Struggling

Updating: The Eagles' defense is turning what could have been a runaway into a taut struggle. Can't get off the field.

Birds' D, Officials Struggling

Updating: The Eagles' defense is turning what could have been a runaway into a taut struggle. Can't get off the field.

Fortunately, the Giants' D isn't any better. 30-17 at the half, Birds, blocked extra point after Eagles' final TD.

The Giants fumbled the ball away on the final play of the half, which should not have been the final play of the half. Replays clearly showed two seconds remaining when Moise Fokou recovered Dominik Hixon's fumble.

Probably the worst-officiated half of this season, easily.

They didn't find any flags to throw on DeSean Jackson's 72-yard punt return TD, though.

Earlier: First the Giants got a field goal when a pick bounced off Jeremiah Trotter's hands and was caught by Kevin Boss. (It was a great catch by Boss, though). Then they got a touchdown four plays after a phantom illegal contact on Quintin Mikell converted a third and 11 for them. Replays showed no contact whatsoever. Mikell then whiffed on a tackle on a 68-yard TD pass to Hakeem Nicks.

The Eagles came back and should have had a touchdown on their next drive, but settled for a 20-yard David Akers field goal after frittering away second and goal from 2 on razzle-dazzle and then not getting a call on third and goal, when Brent Celek was blatantly held by Aaron Rouse. Oddly enough, ever since Tom Coughlin pitched a fit after a special teams penalty went against him, the Eagles can't buy a call.

It's 17-10 Birds, midway through the second.

Earlier: The rain has stopped but the Eagles haven't. Nothing like a 14-0 lead 5:20 into the game.

First the visitors went 67 yards in 6 plays after taking the opening kickoff. Could it be that they're actually getting this Michael Vick thing figured out? Big play in the drive was Vick's lone snap, on which he rolled right and threw 32 yards to DeSean Jackson, at the New York 7. Two plays later, Donovan McNabb hit Brent Celek from 8 yards for the TD. A red zone success, no less.

Then, the Giants were driving on their first possession when Brandon Jacobs lost the ball after being hit by Trent Cole. Sheldon Brown picked it up and pretty much jogged 60 yards for the TD

Crowd seems stunned. And soggy.

Earlier: The Eagles' inactives are up and wide receiver Kevin Curtis made a trip to scenic North Jersey for no reason; as he had indicated, he is not playing tonight. The team had listed Curtis as questionable and put him on the bus, perhaps just in case Jeremy Maclin's foot got worse or DeSean Jackson experienced unexpected concussion complications.

No surprises on the Eagles' list, which also includes corner Geoffrey Pope, RB P.J.Hill, RB Brian Westbrook, OL Stacy Andrews, OL Mike McGlynn, DT Trevor Laws and third quarterback Kevin Kolb.

No surprises for the Giants, either, unless you were a member of the Guy Whimper fan club; Aaron Ross is now a starting safety instead of a corner, a development that has taken place over the past few weeks

Stay tuned..

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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