Special teams units step up, minus one play

PHILADELPHIA -- The New York Giants’ special-teams unit was nearly perfect in Sunday’s 15-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The only blemish was a bad snap late in the fourth quarter by long-snapper Zak DeOssie, which turned into the Eagles' only touchdown.

That was it.

Kicker Josh Brown connected on a career-high five field goals and had five touchbacks, while punter Steve Weatherford hit three of his five punts inside the 20-yard line.

Weatherford’s best punt of the day was a 68-yarder that landed at the Eagles' 3. Speedy return man DeSean Jackson, who has terrorized the Giants before, wasn’t able to do so this time.

“I’ve never hit a punt that long out of bounds in my life,” Weatherford said. “For me it was huge because it was a field-position game. We knew going into this game that it would be that type of game. We haven’t put up a ton of points this year, so field position’s been huge for us. That was the first punt that DeSean Jackson was back there, so I knew I needed to hit a good one.

“It landed at the 3-yard line, so obviously that was a huge momentum-changer for us.”

Said Weatherford of Brown, who went 5-for-5 and connected from 40, 44, 33, 46 and 27 yards out: “I can’t say enough about him. I thought special teams was a huge weapon for us today.”

The Giants were in the process of pitching a shutout when DeOssie’s snap sailed over Weatherford’s head with 4:11 remaining in the game. Weatherford tried to kick the ball out of the end zone for a safety, but linebacker Najee Goode landed on it for a touchdown.

“I kind of looked back so I’d have enough time to do it [kick it out of bounds], and when I drew [my leg] back, the ball kind of bounced toward me and to the side, and I was like ‘Oh [crud],’ so then I just tried to pick it up and obviously the guy was right on top of me,” Weatherford said. “But our defense was amazing today, and that was a nonfactor at the end of the day.”

Said DeOssie of his error: “It’s unacceptable and I totally bear that burden, but I know that my teammates have my back.”

They did.