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Eagles didn’t have a rushing touchdown for the fourth straight game and had just five rushing first downs for the second straight week. Jay Ajayi had a 22-yard run on a third-quarter TD drive and finished with 49 yards on 12 carries.
Not a bad first start for Nick Foles. Four touchdown passes, all of them in the red zone. No interceptions. Foles knows his limitations as far as mobility, so he doesn’t hold on to the ball. He was sacked just once when Olivier Vernon beat LT Halapoulivaati Vaitai. After that, both Vaitai and fill-in LG Chance Warmack did a good job.
The Giants rushed for 52 yards on 12 first-half carries. But the Eagles shut them down in the second half, holding them to 2.1 yards per carry. The Giants finished with just four rushing first downs. Keep in mind, though, they came into the game with the league’s fifth least productive ground game.
The Eagles had a tough day against Eli Manning and the Giants’ wounded receiving corps. Manning threw for 434 yards and three TDs. Ronald Darby had a second-quarter interception and Corey Graham made a nice game-saving play in the end zone on a throw to tight end Evan Engram. But there weren’t many other highlights. Manning was 10-for-15 on third down, with eight first downs and two of his three TDs.
Dave Fipp’s units have struggled at times this season, but Sunday was a very good day. Malcolm Jenkins blocked a fourth-quarter Aldrick Rosas field goal attempt. Kamu Grugier-Hill blocked a second-quarter punt that set up the TD that put the Eagles ahead, 21-20. Derek Barnett blocked a PAT. And the kickoff coverage unit never allowed the Giants to start a drive beyond their 25.
Nick Foles played really well, which was good. The offensive line played pretty well, which also was good. The special teams played really, really well, which was good. The defense gave up three TD passes to Eli Manning and made Sterling Shepard and Tavarres King look like the second coming off Jerry Rice and Randy Moss. With the playoffs fast approaching, that’s not so good.