EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Making the first start of his NFL career, Giants rookie wide receiver Hakeem Nicks dropped a certain touchdown pass. Then he mistimed his leap and missed another catch along the sideline. Both times, the Giants were bailed out by illegal contact penalties on Quintin Mikell.
But given a third opportunity, Nicks turned a short catch into a 68-yard touchdown. Cornerback Asante Samuel tried to go for the interception and then the normally dependable Mikell whiffed on a tackle. Nicks showed excellent speed on the way to the end zone. Eagles up, 14-10. Crowd back into it.