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Paul Domowitch's Eagles-Giants report card

RUSHING OFFENSE: LeSean McCoy had managed just 13 yards on his first 8 carries. But No. 9 was magic. Taking a pitch from Michael Vick and getting a great kickout block by left tackle Jason Peters, he ran 50 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Giants did a good job on Vick, holding him to 35 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Paul Domowitch's Eagles-Giants report card

RUSHING OFFENSE: LeSean McCoy had managed just 13 yards on his first 8 carries. But No. 9 was magic. Taking a pitch from Michael Vick and getting a great kickout block by left tackle Jason Peters, he ran 50 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Giants did a good job on Vick, holding him to 35 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Grade: C-plus

PASSING OFFENSE: Michael Vick wasn’t quite the Superman he was a week earlier against the Redskins. He was off-target on a number of key throws, even though he threw for nearly 300 yards. Sure-handed slot receiver Jason Avant dropped a pass in the end zone. Offensive line had several costly penalties.

Grade: B-minus

RUN DEFENSE: The Eagles continued to do an effective job on opposing ball carrier, shutting down Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. Giants, who were fifth in the league in rushing coming in, had just one double-digit run.

Grade: A

PASS DEFENSE: The Eagles held Eli Manning and the Giants’ depleted receiving corps to 63 passing yards in the first half and Asante Samuel had an interception that set up a field goal. But Manning was much more effective in the second half, completing 10 of his first second-half passes and throwing touchdown passes to tight end Travis Beckum and wide receiver Derek Hagan.

Grade: C-plus

SPECIAL TEAMS: King Dunlap let the Giants’ Terrell Thomas get around the edge and block a 42-yard field goal attempt by David Akers at the end of the first half. Akers made his other 3 field goal attempts. The Eagles return game wasn’t very productive and Eagles had some costly special teams penalties.

Grade: D

OVERALL: Michael Vick wasn’t superman, and the Eagles squandered too many red zone opportunities. But the Eagles’ opportunistic defense forced some key turnovers and kept the Giants’ running game in check.

Grade: B-plus

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