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Wild win puts Eagles in 1st place

It wasn't pretty, but the Eagles beat the Giants Sunday night and took over first place in the NFC East at 7-3.

Wild win puts Eagles in 1st place

The Eagles´ opportunistic defense did its job, intercepting Eli Manning three times and recovering two fumbles. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
The Eagles' opportunistic defense did its job, intercepting Eli Manning three times and recovering two fumbles. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

In a wild game filled with turnovers, replay challenges and overall confusion, the Eagles were left standing in the end.

The Birds beat the Giants, 27-17, Sunday night at the Linc to take over sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

As flawless as last week's performance was against the Redskins (particularly offensively), this one was, well, quite the opposite.

But, somehow, the end result was the same.

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The game-winning score came from LeSean McCoy, who took a pitch from Michael Vick and ran 50 yards to the end zone with 4:34 remaining on 4th-and-1.

Vick was under pressure on the play and barely was able to take the snap and get it to McCoy, who finished with 111 yards on 14 carries.

The Giants appeared to be driving on their ensuing possession as Eli Manning took off for a 16-yard run on fourth down. However, instead of sliding, he dove headfirst and lost control of the ball. Darryl Tapp recovered, and the Eagles were able to hold on.

Vick finished 24-for-38 for 258 yards. The Giants chose to blitz him all game and were successful. Vick made several good reads, but was unable to consistently connect with his receivers. It didn't help that DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant each had drops in the end zone.

Jeremy Maclin finished with a game-high nine catches for 120 yards.

Entering tonight, the Eagles had been tremendous in the red zone and on third down. However, they converted just one of five red-zone trips into a touchdown and ended 3-for-14 on third down.

The opportunistic defense did its job, intercepting Manning three times and also recovering two fumbles for a total of five takeaways.

The Eagles are now 7-3 overall and 2-1 in the division. They are tied for the second-best record in the NFC with four other teams. The Falcons have the conference's best record at 8-2.


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