What it means: With Dallas winning earlier in the day, the Giants faced pretty much a must-win divisional game. With the schedule getting tougher after this, the Giants lost a tough game to the Eagles, lost their lead in the NFC East and now have a three-game stretch against New Orleans, Green Bay and Dallas coming up. And as for Philadelphia, the Eagles are still breathing.
Fantastic 4th: For the eighth straight game, the Giants had a game go down to the fourth quarter. Down 10-3 after three quarters, Manning tied the game with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz, who beat Nnamdi Asomugha early in the fourth.
But Vince Young began an epic 18-play, 80-yard drive that ate up nearly nine minutes, culminating with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Riley Cooper to put Philadelphia up 17-10 with 2:45 left.
For the second straight week, Eli Manning tried to send a game to overtime and he had the Giants down to the Eagles' 21 but he was hit from behind and fumbled the ball to send the Giants to a two-game losing streak.
Action Jackson: Jackson showed exactly why he is such an exciting and frustrating player in the second quarter.
After Young completed a 50-yard pass to Jackson down the right sideline from the Eagles’ own 2, the Eagles wide receiver flipped the ball to defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and taunted the Giants’ sideline. Jackson, who was inactive last week for being tardy to a meeting, was flagged for taunting and, with an illegal use of hands penalty called on Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph on the same play, the 50-yard gain was nullified due to offsetting penalties.
But later in the quarter, punter Steve Weatherford punted to Jackson, who caught the ball almost in the same spot where he returned the game-winning punt return last December and returned it 51 yards before barely stepping out of bounds on his way to what could have been a touchdown return.
Welcome back:Steve Smith returned to the new stadium for the first time as an Eagle and he scored on a 14-yard pass that was set up by Jackson’s punt return.
The Fresh Prince: Rookie Prince Amukamara made his pro debut as the Giants finally let their first-round pick play.
Amukamara, who broke his foot in his second practice of camp after a contract holdout, made his first career interception off a poorly under-thrown pass by Vince Young with 8:52 to go in the first quarter.
Mark in the middle: Rookie linebacker Mark Herzlich made his first career start against the Eagles after being used exclusively on special teams.
Herzlich, who missed all of 2009 with a rare bone cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma, rotated in and out depending on the situation.
What’s next: Manning returns home to face the Saints on Monday night in New Orleans.