Back on track

Ea­gles end skid by beat­ing Giants

The Maui News - - FRONT PAGE - By TOM CANAVAN The As­so­ci­ated Press

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, avoid­ing their first three-game los­ing streak since the 2016 sea­son.

“I’m re­ally proud of the way we played in all three phases,” Ea­gles coach Doug Ped­er­son said. “We have a very re­silient group.”

Wentz sand­wiched touch­downs passes of 13 and 1 yards 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 1yard run and Jake El­liott added field goals of 33 and 30 yards for the de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons.

Rookie half­back Saquon Barkley 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 must-win 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 night from the Ea­gles. They sacked him four times and hit him 13 other times. He fin­ished 24-of-43 for 281 yards.

“We want to get af­ter the passer ev­ery week,” Ped­er­son said. “These games are bat­tles. It all comes down to which team gets af­ter the passer. We hit Eli and put him on the ground. That was big.”

It started on the open­ing se­ries.

Kamu Gugier-Hill in­ter­cepted Man­ning’s pass that was tipped by fel­low line­backer Jor­dan Hicks and he re­turned it to the 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 yards to Jef­fery and 14 to Cle­ment set up Cle­ment’s touch­down run.

A spec­tac­u­lar tackle-break­ing run by Barkley on a 55yard screen pass helped cut the lead to 14-6 in the sec­ond quar­ter but Wentz hit a wideopen 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.

“We didn’t do any­thing well enough to win tonight,” Giants coach Pat Shur­mur said. “Credit Philadel­phia. Good foot­ball team.”

AP photo

The Ea­gles’ Nigel Brad­ham cel­e­brates af­ter sack­ing Giants quar­ter­back Eli Man­ning dur­ing the sec­ond half Thurs­day.

AP photo

Car­son Wentz of the Ea­gles pre­pares to throw a first-half pass Thurs­day.

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