Sunday, December 30, 2012
Halftime Report: Giants 35, Eagles 7
By Kieran Darcy
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A quick take on the first half:
Surprise! The Giants won the coin toss and elected to receive, but the Eagles attempted an onside kick and recovered the ball. It was a stunning blow, but the Giants recovered nicely, thanks to a Stevie Brown interception on the Eagles' opening drive. It was Brown's eighth interception of the season.
New blood: In the final week of the regular season, Tom Coughlin finally unleashed a couple of rookies, and it paid off. With veteran wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and running back Ahmad Bradshaw bothered by injuries, the Giants started Rueben Randle at wideout and David Wilson in the backfield. Randle scored a pair of touchdowns and Wilson also scored one in a 21-point first-quarter outburst by Big Blue.
Second quarter: The teams traded touchdowns to start the second quarter. The Eagles finally got on the board thanks to a touchdown pass from Michael Vick to Jeremy Maclin, on a fourth-and-1 from the Giants' 7-yard line. It was their second fourth-down conversion of the drive. The Giants answered with a 10-play, 73-yard march that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Bradshaw.
Eagles coach Andy Reid went for it on another fourth down at the end of the half, and it cost his team dearly. Facing fourth-and-5 at midfield, the Eagles came up a yard short with 17 seconds left. The Giants made them pay. Eli Manning connected with Domenik Hixon for 30 yards, and then found Victor Cruz in the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown with four ticks left. Manning threw four TD passes in the first half for the first time in his career.
Justin time:Justin Tuck had just his fourth sack of the season, and first since Week 9 against the Steelers, bringing down Vick for a 4-yard loss in the first quarter.
All for naught? Even if they finish off the Eagles, the Giants also need the Lions, Packers and Redskins to win Sunday in order to qualify for the playoffs. The Lions trail the Bears 20-10 at the half. (The Packers and Redskins play later.)