Eagles' Ground Game Overwhelms Giants As Philly Takes Control Of NFC East With 27-17 Win

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Giants Vs. Eagles: VIDEO Of LeSean McCoy's 50-Yard Touchdown Run

LeSean McCoy rumbled 50 yards for the go- ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, and David Akers’ fourth field goal following an Eli Manning fumble helped the Philadelphia Eagles hold on for a 27-17 victory over the New York Giants and take control of the NFC East. McCoy finished for 111 yards but here’s the big one that sealed the deal.

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Giants Vs. Eagles: Philly Alone Atop NFC East After 27-17 Victory Over Giants

It wasn’t pretty, but then again when is a NFC East battle ever pretty? At the end of the day the Eagles are 7-3 and in first-place in the division thanks to LeSean McCoy and David Akers in their 27-17 victory over the Giants (6-4).

Eagles blog Bleeding Green Nation breaks down the pivotal play that put the game away:

The defining play of this game really encapsulated the whole night. Michael Vick bobbled a snap with the Eagles down a point late in the 4th quarter, he barely controls the ball with his fingertips and flips the ball back to LeSean McCoy who runs for a 50 yard touchdown. The Eagles overcame a potentially devastating mistake to pull out a miraculous win. That was the story of the whole game.

McCoy rushed for 111 yards on just 14 carries, and Asante Samuel accounted for four turnovers, none bigger than when he pounced on Manning’s lost fumble in Philadelphia territory with 2:51 remaining.

Michael Vick didn’t have the kind of game he had last week against the Redskins but he wasn’t bad by any means. He completed 24-of-38 passes for 258 yards and rushed for a score.

Eli Manning threw three interceptions, finishing 20-of-33 for 147 yards with two touchdowns.

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Giants Vs. Eagles: McCoy, Samuels May Have Just Iced This One

With eight minutes left in the fourth, the Eagles needed a big score to take back the lead and regain momentum from the Giants.

Enter LeSean McCoy.

McCoy ran loose for a 50-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-one to break this game wide open. A 2-point conversion from Vick to Avant sealed the score and made it 24-17.

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Giants Vs. Eagles: Eli Takes Advantage Of Vick's Miscue, Gives Giants The Lead

Michael Vick is in serious danger of going from hero to goat in the matter of a week. With a six-point lead, the Eagles needed to put some points on the board and quell the Giant momentum swing.

So much for that. Taking a hit from Justin Tuck, Vick fumbled the ball away. Barry Cofield grabbed the ball at the Philly 27. From there, it took two plays for the Giants to get the ball in the endzone. Manning passed to Derek Hagan down the middle for a five-yard touchdown and just like that, New York is up 17-16.

12 minutes left for Vicks to go back to being the hero.

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Giants Vs. Eagles: Manning, Giants Wake Up Just In Time To Get Back In This

The Giants’ offense was rendered ineffective by turnovers late in the first half. Eli Manning finally calmed the squad down and got them back on track.

Starting at their own 32, the Giants drove down the field thanks to seven Manning passes, culminating in a 2-yard strike to Travis Beckum for the touchdown. Beckum caught the ball over his shoulder while falling onto his back…high degree of difficulty and well-rewarded.

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Giants Vs. Eagles: Vick Leads Eagles Down The Field But It's Akers For The Points

The Eagles last drive of the first half ended with a blocked Davis Akers’ field goal. Their first drive of the second half culminated in another field goal attempt but this time they kept the Giants out of his way to extend the lead to 16-3.

The drive was a massive fourteen-play drive that began at the team’s own 14. What began with big chunks of yards gained on each play became a war of attrition as the Eagles moved down the field via short gains and penalties.

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