New York Giants Can’t Finish Against Eagles, Losing 22-21 | Instant Reaction and Takeaways

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Patricia Traina

The New York Giants had the Philadelphia Eagles right where they wanted them.

That is until they didn’t. And if you thought the last seven losses to the Eagles were painful, the Giants have once again outdone themselves. 

The Giants blew a double-digit lead—their third such failure in their now eight-game losing streak to the Eagles by beating themselves.

Tight end Evan Engram, who was supposed to have a breakout season this year, was on the short end of the stick on two critical plays that cost his team. The first was an interception that, because he peeked at the incoming linebacker, saw the ball bounce off his hands and to a nearby Eagles defender.

But the second was the backbreaker. All Engram had to do was haul in a third-down deep pass thrown on the money by Daniel Jones, which would have given the Giants a new set of downs and put them into scoring range. Instead, Engram failed to fully extend for the ball and it fell to the turf, the Giants punting it away.

The Eagles, who earlier in the game squandered away 10 points between a Carson Wentz interception in the end zone and a missed Jake Elliott field goal, benefited from penalties by Corey Ballentine on special teams, who drew an unsportsmanlike penalty and then cornerback James Bradberry on third down.

Those penalties, combined with a poor angle by safety Jabrill Peppers, led to Wentz's 18-yard touchdown to put the Eagles ahead 22-21, the final score.

With the loss, the Giants drop to 1-6 and 1-2 in the NFC East with 11 days to stew over how they blew a golden opportunity to move into second place in what’s overall a pathetic division of football but one where a winner must still be crowned.

Here are a few more takeaways from this latest horror show in the Giants-Eagles series.

==Need more proof that the Giants just aren’t welcomed at Lincoln Financial Field? Look no further than Daniel Jones; 80-yard third-quarter rush in which he had nothing but daylight only to have the turf monster catch his cleats and knock him down well short of payday.

"I don’t know," Jones said when asked what happened on that run, which increased his team-leading rushing yardage total to 296 yards. "I tried to run faster than I was running and I got caught up. We finished the drive and scored a touchdown. That was a relief."

==Rookie offensive tackle Andrew Thomas had his own horror show going this week as his struggles continue in pass protection. Thomas has now been an NFL starter for six of the last seven games and has undoubtedly taken scores of reps between practice and game scenarios. Yet, the inconsistency in his technique, and in particular with his hands, is maddening. 

I don’t know how many pressures Thomas gave up off the top of my head, but I don't think anyone would have blamed the coaches had they decided to pull him.

==Some might point to the defense as being gassed by the end of the game as the factor for their sloppiness, but on the Eagles' second drive of the game, a 13-play scoring drive, the Giants allowed seven plays of 10 or more yards, which is inexcusable.

But to be fair to the defense, they ended up on the field for 72 plays to the Giants 55. That included a 44 to 20 first-half workload. So yes, perhaps the Giants defense was a little gassed there at the end, but the penalties were still inexcusable.

==What on earth was Corey Ballentine thinking on a first-half punt in which the Eagles were short a man and Ballentine, the gunner, was left uncovered? Punter Riley Dixon noticed it and looked like he was trying to get his teammate's attention about it. Sadly, Ballentine never thought to look back, and the Giants blew a chance to catch the Eagles asleep at the switch.  

==Something to keep an eye on moving forward: kicker Graham Gano appeared to strain a quad muscle on a fourth-quarter kickoff, Gano didn’t have to do any kicking after that, but still, that will be something to monitor moving forward as the injury was to his kicking leg.

==And speaking of injuries, running back Devonta Freeman sprained an ankle, leaving an already struggling and thin running backs group thinner.

==For those keeping score at home, this game marked three in the now eight-game losing streak in which the Giants had a double-digit lead but were unable to finish. 

Yuck Statement No. 1

Yuck Statement No. 2

Yuck Statement No. 3

Oh, what might have been.

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Cowboyup
Cowboyup

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I guess we would all feel better if someone from the Giants would simply be honest and say, “ look, we are re-building and we will do all we can to be competitive on the field, but our main objective is to see who we can “ build around” and who we can’t.”

“ We are dedicating this unusual season to evaluating personnel... and that includes our coaches. In addition, Coach Judge will make the calls on the 2021 draft. “

writerrad
writerrad

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We you cannot blame him, but you can start to blame a GM who picks him for a team that needs good cornerbacks

johnscm
johnscm

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Who would you rather have as quarterback, a guy like Jones, or a guy like Wentz?

writerrad
writerrad

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Corey hit Jackson when he was already down on the ground, leading with his helmet aiming at his head. It was confusing because the second player who hit Jackson hit him harder and caused the visable injury that got Jackson carted off the field, but Balletine's unnecessary hit to the head that came first using Balletine's helmet as a weapon is just obviously illegal given all the attention to concussion and head injuries in the league today. It could have had no impact on play since as soon as a guy already down like Jackson was is touched even by a hand tap, he is down.

writerrad
writerrad

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wanna make clear that I really like Judge and the rest of his staff, and think this year's FA acquisitions have been useful, also realize that we're short injured and covid sensitive players. Having to deal with guys obtained often other team's practice squads is going to lead to results like this, but this is not where the other A Thomas came from? How much is this just going from one stage to another in a rebuild beset by the difficulties of the Covid season, how much of this is a congital issue of ownership making bad decisions about management really since around 2012? Course, unless none of us has enough in our piggy banks to buy the team and #askptrain to manage the team.

writerrad
writerrad

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This was progress, but not int he quality of our personnel. Isnt it time to pull the plug on Gettleman? I was a fan from 64 to 80 (and of course before and since) folks argued over Qbs, defensive players, but in time, the fundamental issue was ownership's staying in an old fashion amateur, old players and such, route to management, and was resolved by bringing in George Young completely from the outside and Perkins and then Parcels who were new young guys not former Mara family retainers. Isn't it time to modernize and move forward instead of going with management who aim to be the best possible 1990s or 2000s team. Isnt it ownership and then management that must change?

Cowboyup
Cowboyup

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Ballantine does not belong on the team. I must say, however, I don't understand the penalty he was given on that tackle he made covering that punt. If he remains on the roster, I suggest we try him at Left Tackle.

Cowboyup
Cowboyup

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I wonder why we should remain confident in the coaching staff when they just won't replace Thomas? He is worse than Erick flowers. A turnstile. He can't even block the blitzing DB's. Everyone saw how much better the offensive line was with Peart at LT. What are we missing that the coaches are seeing? Does Gettleman give an order that "you will be fired" if you bench Thomas? Do you think Coach Judge is proud of his team today? The penalties? The blown plays? The failure to close? The inept play of the defense on the eagles' opening drive? Time to be honest. There is nothing to be proud of, except maybe Starlings' work and that of Wayne Gallman.

TJaroch23
TJaroch23

Pat what do you think about the media stacking up interceptions and fumbles against Daniel Jones when he has sadly been the entire offense for weeks now and our best offensive player (as a QB should be). I know he has a ton of turnovers this year, but clearly not all are his fault or are a product of the situation. Yes, last night he fumbled with 35 seconds to end the game, but the NY Giants have no timeouts and, what was it, 2nd and 20 to drive 40-50 yards to get into FG range. Oh and who knows if Gano could have made the kick, he looked like he was hurt. So Jones is just trying to make a play. Would the media rather have Jones just throw every ball away just for the sake of keeping his stats clean? Even if he does throw that ball away, with the downs and time left what's the next play, a hail mary? And that's not going to just be a free int as well? And, how many passes to Engram this year have been tipped to the defense for ints, at least 2 for sure. This who media trashing on the QB happened with Eli too. I get it, they touch the ball more than any other player, so they get the most criticism. Still I am just tired of the media ripping on our QB and not pointing out the positive and potential he really possesses.


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