The New York Giants defense got three turnovers and kicker Josh Brown set a new single game career best with five field goals in the Giants 15-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
The win snapped the Giants’ eight-game losing streak on the road, and comes exactly one year after their last road victory, a 29-24 win at Dallas on Oct. 28, 2012.
Perhaps most impressive in this week’s game was the shutout pitched by the Giants defense, which has not allowed a touchdown in 10 quarters of play.
New York managed four sacks to boost their 2013 season total to 10, and did a nice job getting after both Michael Vick, who started but left the game after his ailing hamstring flared up, and rookie Matt Barkley.
The Giants also came up with three big takeaways, none bigger than safety Will Hill’s fourth-quarter pick of Barkley’s pass intended for receiver DeSean Jackson with 22 seconds left in the game.
Also worth noting is that the Giants run defense, which has been phenomenal this year, once again held the league’s leading rusher – this week it was the Eagles’ LeSean McCoy—to under 100 yards. McCoy finished with 48 yards on 15 carries and a long of nine.
Jackson, the Eagles’ leading receiver, was held to 63 yards on eight catches.
The Eagle’ only points came courtesy of yet another breakdown by the Giants punt coverage team. This week, it was a wild snap that long snapper Zak DeOssie sent over the head of punter Steve Weatherford on a 4th-and-14 at the Giants’37.
Weatherford chased after the ball, but instead of knocking it out of the back of the end zone for the safety, Eagles linebacker Najee Goode came up with the score, the fourth punt return for a touchdown scored against the Giants this season.
Besides the special teams breakdown, the Giants offense, which didn’t turn the ball over for the second game in a row, failed to convert in the two red zone attempts.
New York also had 11 penalties this week, including a stupid 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty in the first quarter of the game following safety Antrel Rolle’s interception of Vick’s pass.
The Giants did have a scary moment in the game when receiver Victor Cruz was brought down hard on his shoulder in the third quarter by Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher following a six-yard reception.
Cruz briefly left the game for what was initially announced as a neck injury, but X-rays were negative and he was able to return. Head coach Tom Coughlin later revealed that Cruz injured his shoulder.
With the win and the late-game loss by Dallas against Detroit, the Giants are now just two games back in the NFC East.
New York will now go into their bye week and then will begin a string of three straight games at home starting with the Oakland Raiders on Nov.10.