It took overtime, but the Eagles somehow beat the Giants, 23-17. The Eagles had trailed by two touchdowns at halftime, but came back in the second half and knotted it at 17 with less than two minutes to go.
In overtime, they marched down the field in eight plays and won the game on a pass from Carson Wentz to Zach Ertz. Over the course of the game, however, they lost Lane Johnson, Alshon Jeffery, and Jalen Mills to injuries. Their statuses weren’t immediately known.
The Eagles play the 3-10 Redskins next Sunday in Washington. And yes, they are now tied with the Cowboys for first place in the NFC East.
This bad game will go into overtime
The Eagles will receive to begin the overtime period. The score at the end of regulation: 17-17.
Wentz, Ertz tie up the game
The Eagles cap a 14-play, 85-yard drive with a short touchdown pass from Carson Wentz to Zach Ertz. Extra point is good and it’s a tie ball game with 1:53 to go.
Jake Elliott misses field goal
Jake Elliott’s 47-yard field goal attempt is wide left, and the Eagles walk away from an 11-play, 58-yard drive empty-handed and down by a touchdown with less than 10 minutes to go in the game.
Former NFL players chime in on Twitter
The booing fans inside the Linc aren’t the only ones taking issue with the Eagles dreadful performance.
Former Indiana Colts Pro-Bowl wide receiver Reggie Wayne tweeted during the game: “You know what.... I’ll make the Eagles receiving core right now. And I’m currently at a bar at this present moment," complete with a whiskey glass emoji.
Earlier in the game, ex-Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel also tweeted: “Put me in the second half I can get 2 INTs off of Eli and get us rite back in the game. Howie!!!!! #pick6”
And former Eagles running back DeMarco Murray chimed in when the Eagles fans were booing their team’s poor first half: “Yup, I’ve heard those boo’s before.... #mondaynightfootball."
Jalen Mills latest to leave the game with elbow injury
Near the end of the third quarter, the cornerback was down on the field for a moment after a tackle. He walked off holding his arm, went to the medical tent, and then walked to the tunnel. He is questionable to return with an elbow injury. He is the third Eagles player to leave this game after Jeffery and Johnson.
Eagles score their first TD of the game
A 10-play, 58-yard drive ends with a short Boston Scott touchdown run. Jake Elliott nails the kick and the score is 17-10 Giants with a little over a quarter to play.
To start second half, Jeffery and Johnson officially out
Jeffery (foot) and Johnson (ankle) have officially been ruled out for at least the rest of this game after suffering injuries and being carted off the field in the second quarter.
The 2-10 Giants take a two-TD lead into the locker room
Eli Manning hits Darius Slayton for a 55-yard touchdown with 27 seconds left in the half. The PAT is good, and the Giants lead 17-3. So far Slayton has five catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns. The boos rain down on the Eagles as they head to the tunnel. Some fans even appear to be leaving. Can you blame them?
Lane Johnson questionable to return
Carson Wentz rolled up on Lane Johnson after a hard hit, sending the right tackle to the ground writhing in pain with what looked like a bad lower-body injury. He walked off limping with help from the medical staff, was evaluated in the tent, and then carted off the field. The Eagles say he is questionable to return with an ankle injury, and the offensive roster continues to dwindle. Halapoulivaati Vaitai is the next man up.
Giants again lead by 7
Aldrick Rosas makes another field goal, this time a 34-yarder, to put the Giants up 10-3 on these struggling Eagles, who, I repeat, are now down to two healthy wide receivers. Eagles fans should be hoping for a lot of Wentz to Ertz in their immediate future.
Alshon Jeffery questionable to return
Welp, the Eagles are officially down to two healthy, inexperienced wide receivers: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward. The team has announced Jeffery is questionable to return with a foot injury. He was carted off the field moments ago, and he looked mighty angry.
Eagles narrow Giants’ lead
Carson Wentz can’t find the end zone, but Jake Elliott’s leg gets the Eagles on the board in the second quarter. The Giants lead 7-3 after the 34-yard kick.
Alshon Jeffery carted off the field
The Eagles top (healthy) wide receiver, Alshon Jeffery, limped off the field, slammed his helmet down on the bench, and was then carted off the field. It was not immediately clear what exactly was injured or whether Jeffery would return. Judging the receiver’s reaction, it does not look good, however.
Giants strike first
After a mind-numbingly dull first quarter, the Giants score on the first play of the second quarter with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Darius Slayton. Aldirck Rosas splits the uprights for the PAT, and the Giants are up on the Eagles 7-0 early. The fans booed accordingly. Giants’ scoring drive: seven plays, 57 yards, three minutes and five seconds.
Uneventful first quarter comes to a close
If you’re just tuning in now, you haven’t missed much, unless you count four punts and a fourth-down fumble. Eli Manning, who’s starting in place of injured rookie Daniel Jones, has looked rusty, and Carson Wentz hasn’t looked too hot himself.
Saquon Barkley has a slight edge in rushing yards over Miles Sanders, his former Penn State teammate. Barkley, who hasn’t been able to replicate his rookie success this season, has five carries for 16 yards, while Sanders has four for 11.
Welcome to the blog
Good evening, Eagles fans, and welcome to the live blog. It’s a cold, rainy night here in South Philadelphia as the 5-7 Eagles prepare to take on the lowly 2-10 Giants in prime time. Coming off three straight ugly losses, most recently to the Dolphins, the Eagles say they’re embarrassed and ready to win out beginning tonight, which will be a college reunion for former Penn State running backs Miles Sanders and Saquon Barkley, as well as for some Stanford alumni.
On offense, tight end Zach Ertz says he’s ready to step up after a dismal day in Miami last week. Running back Jordan Howard (shoulder) and wide receiver Nelson Agholor (knee) will not play due to injuries.
Meanwhile, the defense has to get to Eli Manning, who is less mobile than Giants rookie Daniel Jones, and rebound after bearing most of the responsibility for last week’s loss. They will have to do so without defensive end Derek Barnett, who’s out with an ankle injury, and concussed middle linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill.
Stay tuned for updates from this messy game.
Pre-game stories of interest
Paul Domowitch provides the scouting report for tonight’s matchup. The Eagles have the edge in most areas.
Domo also breaks down the numbers that are going to be most important tonight.
Our beat writers make their predictions, and all are going with the Eagles. The Eagles were the consensus pick last week, too, for what it’s worth.
Columnist Marcus Hayes says many Eagles observers overlook the absence of the injured Jordan Howard in their evaluation of the team’s recent collapse.
Les Bowen writes about the increased scrutiny on the Eagles’ position coaches, whom their players mostly praised this week.
Giants running back Saquon Barkley is in the building. Learn more about the personal side of the former Penn State star with my story from last month about how fatherhood has changed him.