New York’s loss gives Cow­boys home field


The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Barry Wil­ner

philadelphia» The New York Giants will have to wait a while to make the play­offs.

Mal­colm Jenk­ins had the sec­ond two-in­ter­cep­tion game of his eight-year ca­reer, re­turn­ing one for a touch­down, and the Philadelphia Ea­gles snapped a five-game slide by beat­ing the Giants 24-19 on Thurs­day night. The loss handed Dal­las the NFC East ti­tle — and home-field ad­van­tage through­out the con­fer­ence play­offs.

It also put the Giants (10-5) in a more dif­fi­cult spot for end­ing their four-sea­son play­off drought. They still own the top wild-card po­si­tion head­ing into their finale at Wash­ing­ton.

New York can still get in this week­end if Detroit, Green Bay, Tampa Bay or At­lanta loses.

Car­son Wentz threw a touch­down pass to Nelson Agholor, then re­turned from be­ing ex­am­ined for a con­cus­sion in the fourth quar­ter to guide a drive to Caleb Stur­gis’ 41-yard field goal. Af­ter New York’s Rob­bie Gould made his fourth field goal, Philadelphia (5-9) held on downs with just un­der two min­utes re­main­ing.

The Giants got the ball back with 1:31 left, and Ter­rence Brooks in­ter­cepted to clinch it with five sec­onds to go.

Eli Man­ning was in­con­sis­tent with his throws all night. On Jenk­ins’ sec­ond in­ter­cep­tion, the throw was woe­fully short.

In­deed, the Giants came up short be­cause they fell be­hind early and didn’t catch up.

Right of­fen­sive tackle Lane John­son’s re­turn from a 10-game sus­pen­sion paid div­i­dends im­me­di­ately. Twice John­son wiped out the left side of New York’s de­fen­sive line, with his block help­ing spring Dar­ren Spro­les for a 25yard touch­down run for a 7-0 lead.

It was 14-0 1:28 later when Man­ning’s short pass to Will Tye was way too soft. Jenk­ins cut in front of the tight end, then romped down the right side for a 34-yard score.

Man­ning hit Odell Beck­ham on a 30-yard play that led to Gould’s 35-yard field goal.

That field goal by Gould brought the Giants closer. Then Wentz found the sel­dom-used Agholor wide open for a 40-yard touch­down and a 21-6 edge.

Man­ning fi­nally found his touch on the last drive of the half, with a gor­geous 29-yard con­nec­tion to Vic­tor Cruz key­ing an 84-yard mark. Ster­ling Shep­ard slipped past Jenk­ins’ bump at the line to score from 13 yards for a 21-13 deficit.

It was all field goals in the sec­ond half.

New York Giants re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham is sent flying af­ter a hit by Philadelphia Ea­gles cor­ner­back Leodis McKelvin in the sec­ond half of Thurs­day night’s game. Michael Perez, The As­so­ci­ated Press

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