Eagles-Giants: Eagles Soar at the Meadowlands, Fly By the Giants

Justin SomeContributor IDecember 10, 2008

With the Philadelphia Eagles in desperate need of a win, they came to the Meadowlands to try to stop the red-hot New York Giants. There was a lot at stake in this game. If the Giants won, they would not only clinch the NFC East, but they would also clinch home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs and get a bye.

However, the Eagles were trying to make a statement that they were still a team with great power.

Throughout the entire first quarter the game was tough (some might say helmet-to-helmet). However, at the end of the first quarter, Eagles kicker David Akers nailed a 51-yarder in the tough wind that put the Eagles up 3-0.

On the Giants' next drive, however, things went down the tube. Eli Manning came into this game having the season of his life (in my opinion, a possible Pro Bowl quarterback). There was one thing Eli did not calculate when coming into this game, which was how big of a factor the wind would be.

On his first drive he only went 1-for-5. His only completion was to Domenik Hixon for 13 yards. The rest of the yards picked up on this drive were runs from Brandon Jacobs and penalties.

However on 4th-and-6 at the Eagles' 29-yard-line, John Carney went for the kick, and it was blocked by Eagles defensive end Trent Cole. From there on, the momentum that the Giants had (little if any) had been immediately switched over to the Eagles.

Still, throughout the second quarter there was no scoring until 1:52 left. On a simple running play, Brian Westbrook ran right through the Giants defense for a 30-yard touchdown which gave the Eagles a 9-0 lead, along with a David Akers PAT which made it 10-0.

On the Giants' drive, however, nothing worked, so they punted and the Eagles moved the football very easily into Giants territory that drive.

However, at 1st-and-10 at the Giants' 14-yard-line with time expiring, David Akers was going for his kick, and as it was kicked Giants defensive end Justin Tuck blocked it. Kevin Dockery recovered the ball and ran it back 71 yards for a Giants touchdown, along with a John Carney PAT, so the score at halftime was 10-7 Eagles.

With the blocked field goal, you would think that the momentum would have shifted from the Eagles to the Giants in the second half, but no, that was not the case. In fact, you can say that the Eagles got even more momentum because they felt the blocked field goal was unacceptable to them, which it was.

There is nothing more to summarize because the Eagles ended up scoring 20 points on Sunday and the Giants still only had seven points with under 90 seconds remaining in the game. When they did get a touchdown to make the game 20-14, it was too late because the Eagles burned the clock out.

Although this game to the Eagles was a loss, Sunday also was a win for the Giants. The reason that it was a win for New York was that Dallas was visiting Pittsburgh, and a Cowboys loss meant the Giants would win the NFC East and clinch a home game in the NFC playoffs.

The Cowboys entered the fourth quarter of that game with a 13-3 lead. The final score of that game was 20-13 Steelers. Dallas had done something which they thought they wouldn’t do: BLOW THE LEAD IN THE FOURTH QUARTER!

However the Cowboys did have a chance to have a game-winning drive, but Tony Romo went in shotgun and didn’t take his time on the pass and was intercepted and returned for the game-winning touchdown.

This was what the Giants wanted. They had clinched the NFC East for the first time since 2005 and the third time since 2000. I stop there because that is all the positive things I can say today about New York football, especially after seeing the 49ers-Jets game.