Eagles

Eagles

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Eagles spotted the Giants 14 points in the first seven minutes, let up only 14 more the rest of the way but fell to .500 with a 28-23 loss to the Giants (see Instant Replay).

A couple of field goals would have helped. More on that coming up in our standout plays.

1. First quarter: Two quick picks
No blaming the receivers here. Carson Wentz threw it high and outside to Nelson Agholor, and it landed right in the hands of safety Landon Collins.

Then on the Eagles' next possession, Wentz threw high to a covered Dorial Green-Beckham and right to the other safety, Andrew Adams.

2. First quarter: Two easy Giants TDs
And just like that it was 14-0.

Odell Beckham Jr. ran a slant right by Leodis McKelvin, Rodney McLeod missed a tackle, and OBJ cruised in for his fourth touchdown of the season.

Then after Wentz's second pick, McKelvin was picked by Jaylen Watkins, and Roger Lewis Jr. was wide open for a 30-yard score.

3. First quarter: Finger-tip save
Jordan Matthews was wide open in the end zone, but streaking safety Andrew Adams got just enough of it, and it sailed behind Matthews.

4. Second quarter: Fourth down failures
The Eagles entered the game 5 for 5 on fourth down but missed their first two attempts Sunday, eschewing field goal attempts both times.

 

First, after Darren Sproles rushed for four yards on 3rd-and-6 — itself a questionable play-call — Wentz on 4th-and-2 from the Giants' 23 ran left on a keeper, but like one of those Tecmo Bowl plays where the defense guessed right, the Giants engulfed him for a 4-yard loss.

Second, after a 66-yard punt return by Darren Sproles, they went for it on 4th-and-1 from the Giants' 6. Isaac Seumalo lined up at fullback, but to no avail, as Sproles was stuffed.

5. Second quarter: Bomb to Treggs
In his highly-anticipated NFL debut, Bryce Treggs outran the Giants' D — looked like they were in zone — for a 58-yard completion, which set up an 8-yard TD run by Ryan Mathews. 

The Giants likely were playing run, as Treggs was the only wide receiver on the field.

6. Second quarter: McKelvin toasted
Beckham Jr. put a little juke on McKelvin at the goal line, then leapt for his second TD of the day, a 1-yarder.

Earlier in the drive, McKelvin was burned by Victor Cruz for a 46-yard completion.

8. Second quarter: Sproles almost does it again
Sproles appeared to have yet another punt return for a touchdown, but linebacker Keenan Robinson got in the way, and Sproles grazed the sideline. 

It would have been the 10th return touchdown (eighth punt) for the 12-year veteran, who returned a punt in this stadium 89 yards for a score last year against the Jets.

9. Second quarter: Of course it's blocked
After the follies on fourth down, the Eagles finally elect to go for the field goal (granted it was 4th-and-10), but Caleb Sturgis's 40-yarder was swatted away by Jason Pierre-Paul. 

It was only Sturgis' second miss this season and broke a streak of 18 straight makes.

10. Third quarter: What happened Malcolm?
Jenkins got tangled up with Sterling Shepard … and then let him go. Jenkins was flagged for holding, but it was declined because Shepard had easily caught a 32-yard touchdown. Maybe Jenkins thought he had help behind him, but the way the secondary played, who knows. 

11. Third quarter: Zach Ertz 20-yard catch
Why mention this? Because Ertz had five receptions for 56 yards in this series spanning the third and fourth quarters, which ended with Sturgis' second field goal. 

Ertz had more catches/yards in that drive than he had in any game this season except the Week 1 win over Cleveland (6 for 58). Ertz finished with eight receptions for 97 yards.

12. Fourth quarter: Nolan Carroll steals the ball
Carroll ripped the ball away from Beckham Jr., and the call on the field was an interception. The call was reviewed, but it was difficult to see whether Beckham Jr. was down before the ball changed possession. It was upheld, but the Eagles couldn't capitalize on the turnover.

 

13: Fourth quarter: Sorry Nelson
We know you don't like to talk about drops, but on 3rd-and-9, he did. But …

14: Fourth quarter: Third time's a charm.
They miss on 4th-and-1 and 4th-and-2, so of course they convert a 4th-and-9 with a 25-yard completion to Matthews. It set up a 38-yard field goal, Sturgis' third of the day. 

15. Fourth quarter: Tag-team pick
With 1:55 left, Connor Barwin defleted Eli Manning's pass, and Jordan Hicks came up with the diving interception. Trailing 28-23, the Eagles took over at the Giants' 34 with 1:48 left.

16. Fourth quarter: Incomplete to Matthews
On 4th-and-10, Wentz lofted it to Matthews, but it sailed over the outside shoulder incomplete. Cornerback Trevin Wade's inside coverage left Matthews with room on the right, but he failed to turn and adjust to the throw. 

Game over.