The Giants vs Eagles score (45-38 in favor of Philadelphia) made some explosive history in the Giants vs Eagles rivalry. The score had the most combined points in the history of their series, and it came at a very crucial time. Their second showdown of the year was more like a playoff game, in which the winner would take control of the NFC East, and the loser could wind up missing the playoffs altogether. But the Giants vs Eagles score ultimately showed that Philadelphia now controls its destiny, thanks to a 45-38 slugfest.
Given how NFC East games usually go, and that it was raining all afternoon, this looked to be a bad night for offenses. Instead, the defenses took the night off – although the Eagles did get one decisive defensive play. A Brandon Jacobs fumble was returned for a Sheldon Brown touchdown in the first, giving the Eagles an early 14-0 lead.
The last Giants vs Eagles score was a total blowout for Philadelphia, and history looked set to repeat itself. But this time, New York matched their rivals blow for blow – even if they couldn’t stop their offense yet again. For the second time in a row, the Giants gave up 30 points to the Eagles by halftime.
Yet in this case, New York was still hanging around, and even went up 31-30 late in the third. However, DeSean Jackson burned them again 15 seconds later, with yet another long touchdown – a quarter after returning a punt for a score. The Eagles then used a long fourth quarter touchdown drive – which is now becoming a trademark – to seal things up.
Ultimately, the 45-38 Giants vs Eagles score may be the deciding blow in the NFC East, unless something drastic happens. Philadelphia now has sole possession of the NFC East lead, and only needs one more win for a playoff berth. If the Cowboys continue their downward spiral, Philadelphia could clinch the division before their Week 17 visit to Dallas.
But the Eagles have to watch for a real trap game against the 49ers next week, before their last two weeks against Denver and Dallas. And their usually strong defense gave up over 500 yards last night, so things still need to be tightened up before they challenge the Saints, Vikings and Cardinals for the Super Bowl.
The Giants vs Eagles score destroyed New York’s division title hopes, but not their playoff chances. Since they won twice over Dallas, they just need to finish tied with the Cowboys to get the final wild card spot – and perhaps another shot at the Eagles in the playoffs. They can start their final push by beating the suddenly pesky Redskins next Monday night.
New York Times- “Eagles Beat Giants in a Festival of Scoring”
SI.com- “Eagles prove they are the class of the NFC East”