Man­ning leads Gi­ants to vic­tory over Ea­gles

New York quar­ter­back throws for four scores as Big Blue holds on to claim 3rd straight win

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Barry Wilner

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. >> Even with Eli Man­ning toy­ing with Philadel­phia’s sec­ondary for much of the game, the New York Gi­ants barely held off the Ea­gles on Sunday.

Man­ning threw for four touch­downs and New York’s de­fense had two in­ter­cep­tions and three stops on fourth downs to beat Philadel­phia 28-23 on Sunday.

The Gi­ants (5-3) won their third straight game, stop­ping the Ea­gles (4-4 after a 3-0 start) from the New York 17 after Man­ning was in­ter­cepted with less than two min­utes to go.

“At the end of the game you have to go out there with con­fi­dence, con­fi­dent that you are go­ing to stop them,” said cor­ner­back Do­minique Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie. “We have been play­ing well in games and when they get the ball down there and our backs are against the wall, we know we have to stand up.”

Two of Man­ning’s touch­downs went to Odell Beck­ham Jr., with the oth­ers to Roger Lewis Jr. and Ster­ling Shep­ard .

It was a game marked by big plays on of­fense — six of more than 30 yards in the first half

alone— and de­fense (four in­ter­cep­tions) and spe­cial teams (Ja­son Pier­rePaul’s block of a field goal , Dar­ren Spro­les’ 66-yard punt re­turn). Most of Sunday, it was a mis­match of Man­ning and his re­ceiv­ing corps against a sieve of an Ea­gles sec­ondary. New York picked on ev­ery Philly de­fen­sive back, with the big­gest Leodis McKelvin, no matter who he tried to cover.

Less than two min­utes in, Lan­don Collins made his third in­ter­cep­tion in the last two games; he had one pick as a rookie last year. Man­ning found Beck­ham on a slant after McKelvin failed to bump him at the line, and Beck­ham surged into the end zone for a 26yard score.

Andrew Adams, a rookie safety from UConn, had no in­ter­cep­tions in his pre­vi­ous five games. He sure knew what to do with the ball after haul­ing in Car­son Wentz’s high pass moments later, re­turn­ing it 19 yards. Man­ning hit Lewis three plays later after McKelvin and Jaylen Watkins col­lided and it was 14-0.

Man­ning’s third TD throw came on a 1-yard jump ball to Beck­ham over McKelvin to make it 21-10.

Wentz looked like a rookie from an FCS school in the first half, of­ten ap­pear­ing be­fud­dled by cov­er­ages. Twice, the Ea­gles failed on short fourth downs while in field goal range.

But he came out of halftime a dif­fer­ent player , quickly guid­ing the Ea­gles 70 yards to Ken­jon Barner’s 3-yard TD run.

Man­ning, though, was just as pre­cise and de­ci­sive on the en­su­ing drive, capped by his fourth TD throw, 32 yards to rookie Shep­ard. That gave Man­ning his first four-TD game since Game 14 last sea­son.

Wentz re­mained much sharper in the sec­ond half, lead­ing the Ea­gles to two field goals by Caleb Stur­gis. But Philly went 3 for 15 on third downs, 1 for 4 on fourth downs.

BILL KOSTROUN — ASSOCIATED PRESS

Gi­ants wide re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham, left, cel­e­brates with wide re­ceiver Ster­ling Shep­ard after scor­ing touch­down against Ea­gles.

FRANK FRANKLIN II — ASSOCIATED PRESS

Gi­ants quar­ter­back Eli Man­ning, left, throws un­der pres­sure dur­ing New York’s vic­tory

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