The Philadelphia Eagles cashed in on a 61-yard field goal conversion by kicker Jake Elliott to top their NFC East division rival New York Giants 27-24 as time expired in regulation.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s three touchdown passes, two of which went to receiver Odell Beckham Jr., helped to snap an eight-game streak dating back to last year in which the offense failed to score 20 or more points in a game. But for the third week in a row, the Giants made too many mistakes and failed to get out of their own way despite somehow managing to keep themselves in the game right up until the end.
After battling to a scoreless first quarter, the Eagles took a 7-0 lead on running back LeGarrette Blount’s 1-yard to give his team a 7-0 halftime lead.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who finished 21 of 31 for 176 yards, hit tight end Zach Ertz on a 3-yard pass for what would be Wentz’s only touchdown pass of the game. That score padded the Eagles’ lead to 14-0 in the third quarter.
The Giants offense, which had its opportunities earlier in the game—more on that in a moment—came alive in the fourth quarter, Manning hit Beckham on two touchdown passes in a span of less than 1:30 to tie it up 14-14.
The second touchdown catch was set up thanks to an Eagles turnover when tight end Zach Ertz coughed up the ball after being hit by Giants safety Landon Collins and cornerback Eli Apple recovered it to give the Giants the ball on the 33-yard line, their best field position of the game.
Manning and the Giants then took the lead for the first time this season while also snapping their scoring struggles when Manning hit Sterling Shepard on a 77-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-14.
The Eagles tied it up on a 15-yard run by running back Corey Clement but then the Giants took the lead back on Aldrick Rosas’ 41-yard field goal.
Elliott and the Eagles answered with a 46-yarder of their own to tie the game, with 56 seconds left in the contest.
The Giants, who had 51 seconds to run the clock out and possibly get into scoring position, failed to do so in part thanks to two consecutive penalties on left tackle Ereck Flowers, who was called for an illegal shift that made 2nd-and-3 into a 2nd-and-8, and then a holding penalty that turned that 2nd-and-8 into a 2nd-and-18.
After picking up three of the 18 yards needed for the first down on a Shane Vereen run, Manning connected with tight end Evan Engram \who ended up one-yard shy of the first down marker.
With 4th-and-1 on the Giants’ 34, that’s when disaster struck. Punter Brad Wing shanked a 28-yard punt out of bounds that gave the Eagles the ball at their 38-yard line. After Wentz failed to connect on a pass to Wendall Smallwood, he hit receiver Alshon Jeffery for 19 yards to set up Elliott’s 61-yard game winning field goal.
“Our first win keeps getting delayed,” said McAdoo after the game. “We’re not playing well enough to win as a football team. We’re irritable. We need to find a way to win the game. It’s not going to get any easier.