Here is a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly from Sunday's game against the Giants:
Moise Fokou had been very quiet of late - that happens when you play only on run downs - but the strong-side linebacker set the tone early for the defense, dropping quarterback Eli Manning for an 18-yard sack and then stopping running back Ahmad Bradshaw 4 yards deep in his own backfield.
With everything going the Giants' way in the first quarter, Darryl Tapp tipped a Manning pass, and Quintin Mikell came up with a timely, one-handed interception. The play set up the Eagles' first points, a field goal to pull within 7-3.
Andy Reid's grousing paid off. When Michael Vick was pushed while out of bounds during a first-quarter run, the late hit drew a personal-foul penalty on linebacker Jonathan Goff. The blow wasn't necessarily flagrant, but the flag was further proof of the adage that the squeaky wheel gets the oil - or penalty call.
The Giants went right at rookie linebacker Jamar Chaney early with big Brandon Jacobs. Chaney stopped him after a 2-yard gain on the game's first drive.
Down by 14 and deep in their own territory as the first half was winding down, the one thing the Eagles couldn't afford was a turnover. Guess what happened next. Jeremy Maclin fumbled, and the Giants quickly scored, making it 24-3 at the end of one half.
Take away that career-long 65-yard touchdown pass, and Brent Celek had a tough game. The tight end had just two catches and took three costly penalties - a hold, a false start, and an illegal formation - in the second half. Thank heaven for that TD catch.
Nate Allen went down untouched in the first half with a knee injury, likely ending his season. It was the second consecutive week in which the Eagles lost a top draft pick. Brandon Graham, the No. 1 pick in 2010, was lost for the year against the Cowboys.
It was bound to happen at some point, but Dimitri Patterson just isn't a starting cornerback in the NFL. Yes, he had a big fumble recovery in the third quarter. But he was roughed up in the first half. He couldn't cover or tackle, and pretty much did nothing right. But you can't blame Patterson completely. He is what he is. Much of the blame has to be directed at the Eagles for not upgrading at the position in the off-season after trading Sheldon Brown.
- Jonathan Tamari and Jeff McLane