In the history of the NFL, no team has ever started a season 0-5 and rebound to make the playoffs, which is why the New York Giants were desperately trying to avoid losing to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and avoid such a start.
But it was not meant to be for Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin and company, as the Giants lost 36-21 to their NFC East rivals and for the first time since 1987, have dropped to 0-5 to start the 2013 season.
The Giants did get off to a fast start, as Eli Manning's 49-yard pass play to Hakeem Nicks which lead to David Wilson scoring his first touchdown of the season, a five-yard touchdown run that put the team up 7-0. The crowd was into it, the fans were into it, and for the first few minutes of the game, the Giants looked like they were going to have a strong game.
On the next drive, the Eagles, lead by Michael Vick, were able to get down to the Giants' 22-yard line, but stalled, which set up a 40-yard field goal for Alex Henry and the Eagles were on the board as the Giants had a 7-3 lead.
After each team traded a couple of drives that lead to each team punting, the Eagles put together another long drive that took them into the second quarter, but the Eagles couldn't get into the end zone and Henry was on the field again for his second field goal try, this one from 27 yards out and cut the Giants lead down to one, making it 7-6.
After the Giants were forced to punt again, a 56-yard pass play from Vick to DeSean Jackson put the Eagles in Giants territory, although that pass was nearly intercepted by Trumaine McBride, but missed by about a few inches. Three plays later, LeSean McCoy plunged into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown carry and the Eagles took their first lead of the game at 13-7.
On the next drive, Giants veteran running back Brandon Jacobs fumbled the ball trying to shift the ball from one hand to the other, which landed into the lap of the Eagles defense and linebacker Mychal Kendricks, giving the Eagles the ball on the Giants 47-yard-line. The Eagles were able to convert the turnover into points on the board, as Henry connected on his third field goal of the game from 29-yard out, making it a 16-7 game.
With 1:33 left in the game, Henry kicked a fourth field goal in the game, a 36-yard try and increased the Eagles lead to 19-7, which is what the score was as the players went into the locker room at halftime. The Giants players were showered by boos from the crowd at MetLife Stadium and utterly sick to their stomach from the lack of effort in the half.
In the third quarter, the Giants were able to finally show some life on their second possession of the half, as they put together a seven-play, 84-yard drive which saw Manning throw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Rueben Randle and the Giants cut into the lead, making it 19-14. For the Eagles, they were playing the second half of the game with backup Nick Foles, as Michael Vick left with what looked like a hamstring injury suffered in the first half of the game.
After the Eagles punted again and looked a bit lost on offense under Foles, a pass interference call for 32 yards put the Giants deep inside Eagles territory and Manning found Randle again for the second time in the game, as he connected on a six-yard touchdown pass to give the Giants the lead again at 21-19.
On the next drive, Foles was able to march the Eagles offense down the field and to the Giants 23-yard-line, setting up Henry's fifth field goal of the game from 41 yards out, and the Eagles were back on top at 22-21, which is what the score was heading into the fourth quarter, which is where things got really ugly for the Giants.
Manning's pass to Jacobs was batted up into the air and intercepted by Kendricks, setting up great field position for the Eagles on the Giants own 25-yard line. On the interception, Manning was hit in the head by Trent Cole which should have been a personal foul call, but the referees somehow missed the call. On the next possession, Foles threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Brent Celek for a touchdown and the Eagles pulled ahead 29-21.
Three plays later, the Giants were trying to drive and get back into the game and Manning's pass to Victor Cruz was ripped out of his hands and intercepted by Brandon Boykin, which was Manning's second pick of the game and gave the Eagles great field position again on the Giants 38-yard line.
Three plays later, Foles threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Jackson, which was the nail in the coffin for the game and the Eagles took a commanding 36-21 lead with 8:32 left and some of the fans in MetLife Stadium started heading for the exits. Manning's third interception of the game by Cary Williams really sent the majority of the fans to the exits and sealed the Eagles victory as they got their second win of the season by knocking off their NFC East rivals on the road.
With the loss, the Giants are now 0-5 and in sole possession of last place in the NFC East and their season is quickly dwindling on them with each loss early on in the season.
Manning finished going 24-for-52 with 334 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Manning was playing well up until the fourth quarter, but had an uncharacteristically bad four quarter. Nicks lead all receivers with nine catches for 142 yards; Randle had six catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns.
The Giants don't have a lot of time to think about the loss, as they will have to quickly turn around and get on a plane to Chicago, where they will play on Thursday Night Football at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears.
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