It was tough to find a cheer in such a sloppy game. The Giants' offense could only produce five field goals, but the defense showed up to play. The key moment of the game was towards the end of the first half when the Eagles marched all the way to the Giants two yard line. Rookie quarterback Matt Barkley scrambled to the outside looking for an open receiver and was finally caught by Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas. The cornerback proceeded to strip the ball and it was recovered by linebacker Jacquian Williams. This was a huge momentum shifter. If the Eagles were able to punch the ball into the end zone right before the half ended this could have been a completely different game.
Giants captain Zak DeOssie made a critical mistake at a crucial point in the game. DeOssie sent the snap flying over punter Steve Weatherford's head. Weatherford tried to fall on the ball at the two yard line but was unsuccessful in his mission. Najee Goode eventually picked up the ball and scampered into the end zone to make it a one possession game. At the time there was a little over five minutes left in the football game, which was more than enough time for the Eagles defense to make a stop and hand the ball over to their offense. Luckily for the Giants, their defense was a force to be reckoned with on Sunday and did not let the Eagles keep their high hopes for long.
Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks said following the game, "Sometimes, it don't come the way you want it to. But a win is a win."
In case you missed it:The Giants kicked off the limited scoring on the afternoon with a 40 yard field goal by Josh Brown. It was his first of five successful attempts on the day, which is a season high. But, before Brown gave the Giants a lead that they would hold onto for the rest of the afternoon, the defense made a statement. Quarterback Michael Vick threw a long pass down the sideline intended for tight end Brent Celek, but it was intercepted by Antrel Rolle at the Giants 36-yard line. Rolle eventually received a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct pushing the Giants back 15 yards. The play was nonetheless a statement for Big Blue's defense.
The buzz around the league on Sunday was how Matthew Stafford drove down the field in the final minute to defeat the Dallas Cowboys 31-30. Stafford faked the spike and walked in for a touchdown to give the Detroit Lions the clutch victory. What does this mean for the Giants? They are now sitting only two games behind the first place Cowboys. The NFC East has in no way, shape, or form have been an exciting division to watch during the 2013 campaign. The Giants began the season 0-6 and now are currently sitting 2.5 games behind the top team, that's saying a lot. Big Blue has a bye this week, so they have a chance to rest up. Following the week off they will return home to square off against Terrelle Pryor and the Oakland Raiders. The Giants look to keep their hot streak going and see if they can continue their winning ways.