The Philadelphia Eagles rallied to beat the New York Giants, 23-17, in overtime on Monday Night Football. The victory boosted the Eagles to 6-7, which ties them for first place in the division with the Dallas Cowboys.
After one of the most uneventful quarters of football of the entire season, Darius Slayton started the second quarter off with a bang. On the first play of the quarter, the Giants’ rookie wide receiver caught a pass right in front of Eagles corner Ronald Darby, then broke a tackle and took it to the house for a 35-yard score. A late-quarter drive from Philly ended around midfield, and left the Giants too much time on the clock to respond. Slayton split bracket coverage and hauled in a deep ball down the left sideline, staking the Giants to a 17-3 lead. Eli Manning threw for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the first two quarters, but would be unable to replicate his play in the second half.
The two teams traded punts on five consecutive possessions to open the second half, and then the Eagles finally got their first touchdown of the game with a 10-play, 58-yard drive that ate up 5:39 of game time and ended with third-string running back Boston Scott plowing into the end zone from two yards out. With only the fourth quarter left to play, the Giants clung to a 17-10 advantage. Excluding punts, New York ran just eight plays on offense in the fourth quarter. Late in the game, Carson Wentz led the Eagles on a 14-play, 85-yard drive that was capped by a two-yard Zach Ertz touchdown. That tied the game, and sent us to overtime.
The Eagles got possession first in the extra period, and needed just eight plays to go 75 yards down the field as Ertz again found the end zone to secure a six-point victory.