Ea­gles right the ship by rolling over the Giants

Ea­gles say good­bye to Su­per Bowl hang­over, trounce Giants

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Tom Cana­van

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. >> All the Philadel­phia Ea­gles needed to get over their Su­per Bowl hang­over was a lit­tle more ur­gency, some big plays — and a timely game against the New York Giants.

Car­son Wentz threw a sea­son­high three touch­down passes and the Ea­gles got an early lift from their de­fense and spe­cial teams in beat­ing the strug­gling Giants 34-13 on Thurs­day night, avoid­ing their first three-game los­ing streak since the 2016 sea­son.

Wentz sand­wiched touch­downs passes of 13 and 1 yard to Al­shon Jef­fery around a 10-yarder to tight end Zach Ertz to help the Ea­gles (3-3) build a 31-6 lead. They beat the Giants (1-5) for the fourth straight time and sev­enth in eight games.

Corey Cle­ment scored on a 1-yard run and Jake El­liott added field goals of 33 and 30 yards for the de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons.

Rookie half­back Saquon Bark-

ley scored on a 50-yard run and rushed for 130 yards in one of the few bright spots for the Giants’ of­fense, which was booed re­peat­edly in los­ing at home for the third time. Aldrick Rosas had field goals of 33 and 21 yards.

This was seen as a must­win game for both teams in the weak and wide-open NFC East, and the Ea­gles went out and grabbed it.

They came into the game hav­ing scored seven points in the first quar­ter and they dou­bled that against New York.

Eli Man­ning was un­der pres­sure all game and fin­ished 24 of 43 for 281 yards.

On the open­ing se­ries, Kamu Gugier-Hill in­ter­cepted Man­ning’s pass that was tipped by fel­low line­backer Jor­dan Hicks and he re­turned it to Giants 16. Three plays later, Wentz (26 of 36 for 278 yards and no in­ter­cep­tions) was forced out of the pocket and found Jef­fery af­ter get­ting all day to throw.

A 46-yard run by Barkley set up Rosas’ 33-yarder to cut the gap to 7-3, but the Ea­gles took con­trol later in the quar­ter af­ter DeAn­dre Carter re­turned a punt 23 yards to the New York 44. Passes of 17 to Jef­fery and 14 to Cle­ment set up Cle­ment’s touch­down run.

A spec­tac­u­lar tack­le­break­ing run by Barkley on a 55-yard screen pass helped cut the lead to 14-6 in the sec­ond quar­ter but Wentz hit a wide-open Nel­son Ag­holer on a third and 3 and con­nected with Ertz for a 21-6 lead on the next play.

El­liott made it 24-6 just be­fore half­time and Philadel­phia put the game out of reach with a 75-yard drive that ended with a short Jef­fery TD catch.

The only thing mean­ing­ful af­ter that was Barkley’s touch­down run.

IN­JURIES: Ea­gles LT Ja­son Peters left with a bi­ceps in­jury. Backup corner­back Sid­ney Jones left in the first half with a ham­string in­jury. The Giants had LB Ray Ray Am­strong (con­cus­sion), WR Cody La­timer (ham­string) and CB An­to­nio Hamil­ton (ill­ness) leave the game.

BARKLEY GAINS: Barkley has gained at least 100 yards from scrim­mage in each of his first six ca­reer games. He is one off the NFL rookie record set by Kan­sas City’s Ka­reem Hunt.

JULIO CORTEZ — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Philadel­phia Ea­gles’ Nigel Brad­ham (53) cel­e­brates af­ter sack­ing New York Giants quar­ter­back Eli Man­ning dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game Thurs­day in East Ruther­ford, N.J. The Ea­gles won 34-13.

BILL KOSTROUN — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Philadel­phia Ea­gles’ Jalen Mills (31) de­fends against New York Giants’ Odell Beck­ham (13) dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game Thurs­day in East Ruther­ford, N.J.

JULIO CORTEZ - AP

New York Giants line­backer Alec Ogle­tree (52) sacks Philadel­phia Ea­gles quar­ter­back Car­son Wentz (11) dur­ing the first half of an NFL game Thurs­day, in East Ruther­ford, N.J.

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