Last Time They Met: Vince’s Eagles Beat Eli’s Giants

Eagles. Giants. Two teams, one bitter rivalry. Last season the Eagles won the team's Week 11 matchup as Vince Young led the Birds to a 17-10 victory.

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The last time the Eagles met the Giants (Week 11 last season) things got heated and the Eagles got out of MetLife Stadium with a 17-10 win.
Eagles. Giants. Two teams, one bitter rivalry. With their playoff hopes nearly gone, the Birds came in as the underdog against the division leading Giants. With starting QB Mike Vick and starting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin out, no one, not even our “experts” gave the Eagles much of a shot...
It was Vince Young’s first regular season start since November 10, 2010 when Young was the quarterback for the Tennessee Titans.
Eli Manning dominated the last time he played the Eagles. But he was stifled all night by a strong performance from the Birds D. Manning was 18/35 throwing for 264 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
DeSean Jackson drew plenty of cheers as well as groans from the Eagles faithful tonight. He caught a deep pass from Vince Young for 50 yards which was taken back after Jackson taunted the Giants on the sidelines. He also had an impressive 51-yard punt return that was reminiscent of his Miracle at the Meadowlands run. All in all he had 6 receptions for a total of 88 yards.
Vince Young was understandably shaky in his first start in over the year. In all he was 23/36 with 258 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. But fortunately for the Eagles, he came through when it counted. More on that later.
Wide Receiver Steve Smith celebrates after scoring on a 14-yard touchdown pass against his former team. It was the first touchdown of the year for Smith. It was also his only catch of the game.
The Eagles D came through big time in arguably their most impressive performance of the season. They held the Giants running game to 29 yards. They also limited Eli Manning to a 51% completion rating.
It seemed like déjà vu all over again with the score tied at 10 and 12 minutes left in the 4th. Going into Sunday’s game, the Eagles had blown five 4th quarter leads, tying an NFL record. Eli Manning meanwhile, had led the Giants to four 4th quarter comebacks this year. But one thing was different about this game…
Vince Young. Despite struggling for most of the game, Young came through when it mattered the most, the 4th quarter. With the game tied at 10, Young led his team down the field on an 18-play, 80 yard drive. Young completed six 3rd down conversions and went 7 for 9 with a total of 67 yards on the 8 minute 51 second-long drive. The charge down the field culminated with…
an 8-yard touchdown pass to Riley Cooper. Cooper caught five passes for 75 yards in all.
Jason Babin only had three tackles in all. But one happened to be the play of the game. He sacked Eli Manning with 1:25 left and forced a fumble.
LeSean McCoy was contained by the Giants D for most of the game. But he finally broke through in the 4th, culminating with a 60-yard run to seal the game. In all, Shady ran 113 yards with an average of 4.9 yards per carry. Unfortunately he didn’t score a touchdown, ending his streak of 9 straight games with at least one touchdown, a franchise record.
Vince Young’s performance on Sunday was a reflection of his career, inconsistent, but clutch. Sunday’s game winning drive was the 13th of his career.
Against all odds, the Eagles pulled off the improbable victory, beating the Giants at the Meadowlands 17-10. The Eagles are now 4-6 while both the Giants and Cowboys are 6-4. The team’s chances of making the playoffs are still slim. But with the unpredictable nature of the NFC East and the impressive performance by the team’s defense, those chances are looking much better than they were last week.
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