Eli Manning and the Giants started out the 2013 NFL season looking like one of the worst teams in the entire league with an 0-6 starting record. With back to back wins, the team who many had already written off are only two games behind in the division.
In Sunday’s contest, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick returned to the field after missing two games with a hamstring injury. After throwing nine passes for 30 yards and an interception, Vick came out of the game citing more pain in the hamstring as the cause for his absence.
Stepping up and taking Vick’s place was young quarterback Matt Barkley. With his team trailing, Barkley drove the Eagles down the field, knocking on the door of the end zone. It looked to be a sure bet that the Eagles were going to get their first points of the game on the board, but scrambling to his right, Barkley lost control of the football and a Giant defender scooped it up to end Barkley’s drive.
With that fumble, Barkley had four turnovers on his first four drives after throwing three straight interceptions last week in his debut against the Dallas Cowboys.
While things weren’t going so well for the Eagles, the Giants finally saw some positive things on the field.
The defense played well as they held the Eagles to just 200 yards of total offense after Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense was thought to run up and down the field with ease. They also created three turnovers and held the Eagles to just 3-for-12 on third down.
Manning and the offense seemed to move the ball down field with ease but just couldn’t punch it in the end zone sending in kicker Josh Brown on four straight possessions in the first half to give the Giants a 12-0 halftime lead.
After Brown connected on a 27-yarder to make it 15-0 in the fourth quarter, the Eagles special teams came up big and were able to put their team on the board after a snap over the head of punter Steve Weatherford resulted in a recovery and touchdown for the Eagles.
That was all there was for Eagles as they weren’t able to mount a late game miracle comeback. The Giants won without scoring a touchdown for the first time since 2002, and the defense hasn’t allowed an offensive touchdown in the last 10 quarters.
Don’t look now, but the Giants can still come out on top of their division.