Eli Manning was hit 10 times and sacked three times as the offensive line could not give him adequate time. The final hit was the killer as Jason Babin hit him from behind and forced a fumble as the Giants were driving for the game-tying score at the Eagles' 21. Victor Cruz was great again with six catches for 128 yards and a touchdown but Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham were held to a total of four catches for 73 yards. Jake Ballard also dropped three passes.
Tom Coughlin described his team's rushing offense as "about as pathetic as it can get." Brandon Jacobs managed just 21 yards on 12 carries. D.J. Ware was knocked out with a concussion by a bone-jarring hit from Cullen Jenkins. Da'Rel Scott was sprinkled in with two carries for 11 yards and one catch for nine yards. But the Giants' offensive line got no push at all and managed one rushing first down. The Giants line shows no signs at all of being able to run the ball and it needs Ahmad Bradshaw back.
The Giants held LeSean McCoy in check until the last drive of the game. McCoy, who entered the week as the second-leading rusher in the NFL, had just 46 yards rushing until gaining 67 on his last two runs. And the Giants did this without Michael Boley as rookie Mark Herzlich started and rotated with rookies Spencer Paysinger and Jacquian Williams. Mathias Kiwanuka had a game-high seven tackles as Vince Young was held to five yards rushing.
The Giants intercepted Vince Young three times and rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara had his first interception. But Young engineered an 18-play, 80-yard game-winning drive that took nearly nine minutes. He completed seven-of-nine passes for 67 yards and the Giants admitted there was miscommunication on that drive without defensive voice Michael Boley. DeSean Jackson also had six receptions for 88 yards without Jeremy Maclin playing on the other side.
Steve Weatherford had a 61-yard punt and landed four inside the 20. But he did punt to DeSean Jackson, who broke one for 51 yards and just barely stepped out of bounds on a return that was eerily fielded almost in the same spot as the one he beat the Giants with last December. Victor Cruz took over punting duties for Aaron Ross but had two fair catches. Da'Rel Scott averaged 20.3 yards per kickoff return. Lawrence Tynes made a 48-yarder, his longest field goal of the season.
The Giants had their eighth straight game go down to the fourth quarter. But for the second straight week, the Giants were unable to force overtime. The offensive line was brutal, the running game non-existent and the defense failed to come up with a game-winning stand. Tom Coughlin called his team out for its effort and he'll have to find a way to stop a two-game losing streak in a hostile New Orleans next Monday night.