Giants beat Eagles 15-7 on Brown’s 5 FGs
Posted at: 10/28/2013 4:35 AM
By ROB MAADDI
(AP) PHILADELPHIA - Look out NFC East, the New York Giants aren’t going away.
Josh Brown kicked a career-high five field goals, Eli Manning was efficient and the Giants beat Philadelphia 15-7 Sunday.
With Dallas losing to Detroit, the Giants (2-6) are just two games behind the Cowboys (4-4) in the NFL’s weakest division.
"The division is going to take care of itself," said Antrel Rolle, who had an interception and a sack. "We’re not focused on anyone else in the division, just focused on the Giants at this point."
Michael Vick returned for the Eagles (3-5) after missing 2 1/2 games with a hamstring injury, but clearly wasn’t healthy and was replaced by rookie Matt Barkley late in the second quarter.
"I can’t say I should have or shouldn’t have played," Vick said.
The Giants snapped an eight-game road losing streak while extending Philadelphia’s home losing streak to 10 games. The Eagles’ last win at Lincoln Financial Field was against the Giants on Sept. 30, 2012.
Chip Kelly’s high-flying offense that racked up at least 425 yards in each of the first six games has been grounded. The Eagles followed a 17-3 loss to Dallas with another poor offensive performance. They had just 201 yards of offense and have totaled 479 the past two weeks.
"We haven’t played well at quarterback and it’s cost us the last two games," Kelly said.
The Eagles finally scored when Zak DeOssie’s snap sailed over Giants punter Steve Weatherford’s head and Najee Goode picked it up and ran 2 yards for a touchdown with 4:11 left.
The Giants, who opened the season with six losses before defeating Minnesota 23-7 last Monday night, haven’t allowed a touchdown on defense in the last 10 quarters.
Five reasons why the Giants beat the Eagles in a game that had zero offensive touchdowns:
IMMOBILE VICK: Vick was obviously bothered by a strained left hamstring. He completed 6 of 9 for 31 yards, threw an interception, was sacked and got called for intentional grounding. The Eagles managed 27 total yards in the four series Vick played. Barkley finished 17 of 26 for 158 yards, one interception and one costly fumble.
"I think Vick wasn’t right," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said. "I think he just came out there and tried to will himself to play, but you can tell he’s not healthy right now. He’s not going to be as effective in that type of offense when his legs are kind of taken away from him."
RUN STOPS HERE: For the second time in a month, the Giants shut down LeSean McCoy. The NFL’s leading rusher had 48 yards on 15 carries. Over the past four games, the Giants have held McCoy (twice), Matt Forte and Adrian Peterson to 189 yards on 67 carries for an average of 2.8 yards per rush.
"You have to maintain the discipline of your gap control," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "We’ve had guys in position and have been able to maintain position."
CHIP’S QUESTIONABLE CALLS: Kelly will be intensely scrutinized for his playcalling. On first down from the Giants 2 late in the first half, he called a pass instead of giving the ball to McCoy. Barkley was sacked and fumbled.
"Obviously, it didn’t work," Kelly said, adding that Barkley should’ve thrown the ball away.
On the first drive of the second half, the Eagles had a fourth-and-9 at the Giants 32. Instead of letting Alex Henery try a 49-yard field goal, Kelly went for it and Barkley threw incomplete. Last week, Kelly allowed Henery to try a 60-yarder on fourth-and-1 late in the first half. Henery had the distance, but missed it wide.
Kelly said a stiff wind was the reason he didn’t give Henery a chance.
MISTAKE-FREE ELI: Manning didn’t throw an interception for the second straight game after getting picked 15 times in the first six. He was 25 of 39 for 246 yards.
"That’s two weeks in a row and two wins," Manning said. "There’s obviously something to that and we have to play smart and don’t give them a chance to build any momentum and not put our defense in a bind in any way."
BROWN’S PERFECT LEG: Brown made field goals of 40, 44, 33, 46 and 27 yards to help the Giants win without scoring a TD for the first time since a 9-6 victory over Seattle on Sept. 22, 2002.
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