Here are out grades from the Eagles' loss to the Giants:
Brian Westbrook rushed for 116 yards on 20 carries, but got stoned for no gain on critical back-to-back plays in Giants territory on the Eagles' next-to-last possession.
Think about this: the Eagles threw for just 179 yards against a Giants defense that gave up 296 last week to Rex Grossman. Donovan McNabb was afraid to pull the trigger on throws all day, overrelying on checkdowns and averaging just 6.0 yards per attempt against a defense that has allowed 7.03 this season.
Eagles gave up a costly 35-yard third-and-1 run to Reuben Droughns that set up a second-quarter Lawrence Tynes field goal. But they held the Giants to 2.9 yards per carry on their other 26 rushing attempts and kept them out of the end zone twice on goal-to-go situations.
Plaxico Burress came into Sunday's game with a bad ankle and just one 50-plus-yard receiving performance in the last six games. Against the Eagles, he had seven receptions for 136 yards – much of it after the catch thanks to poor tackling by cornerbacks Sheldon Brown and Lito Sheppard - and the Giants' only touchdown.
David Akers' against-the-odds 57-yard field goal attempt with no time left bounced off the right upright. Punt coverage unit gave up a 29-yard return to R.W. McQuarters that kickstarted a Giants scoring drive. Play-it-safe return man Reno Mahe fair-caught all four punts he touched.
Until the Eagles' last two possessions, Donovan McNabb completed just one pass longer than 11 yards, and that was Brian Westbrook's 18-yard touchdown catch-and-run on the first possession. Cornerbacks Sheldon Brown and Lito Sheppard did a poor job on Plaxico Burress, who averaged 19.4 yards per catch and had the Giants' only touchdown.