In a seesaw game, the New York Giants battled bravely and fiercely with the best team in the NFC East, losing 34-29 at home to the Philadelphia Eagles.
A blocked punt in the second quarter, followed by a blocked field goal in the fourth negated a splendid day from Eli Manning, the veteran quarterback who finished 35-for-55 with 434 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.
With the loss, the Giants drop to 2-12 on the year.
Three Things Learned from the Giants in Week 15:
Spagnuolo has some juice – He clearly is “only” the interim head coach and perhaps isn’t the popular pick to make the job permanent but Steve Spagnuolo has made a decent case over the past two games for at least being considered on a full-time basis.
There’s a glimmer of hope now under Spagnuolo with the Giants not seen under recently-canned head coach Ben McAdoo. In two games under Spagnuolo, albeit both losses, the Giants have played hard and inspired until the final whistle.
There was better focus and fewer mistakes and plenty of fight from these Giants. At the very least, Spagnuolo should be in the conversation for an interview at year’s end.
Well, that escalated quickly – A bad couple of moments, the Giants went from running the game to getting run over.
In the span of a little over four minutes, the Giants went from a 20-7 lead to being on the wrong side of the scoreline. First, Manning was picked off and the Eagles scored on the ensuing possession to make it a 20-14. The Giants got the ball back, going three-and-out, only then to see Brad Wing’s punt get blocked. Three plays later Nick Foles' 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Trey Burton gave the Eagles a 21-20 lead.
It was a 14-point turnaround in a matter of moments, an absolute momentum killer for the Giants who had dominated the game until that point.
Sterling is sterling; Engram is even – As he has done much of the year when healthy, wide receiver Sterling Shepard has shown up and performed. He led the Giants in receptions (11) as well as receiving yards (139) as well as grabbing one of Manning’s three touchdowns on the day.
All in all, another solid day for the second-year wide receiver.
And it was a return to grace for another Giants target as Evan Engram dusted off a few lackluster performances to show well. While not targeted a bunch, Engram avoided the mistakes of the last few weeks, finishing with eight receptions for 87 yards.