The Dallas Cowboys get off easy and clinch the NFC East and home field advantage throughout the playoffs with the New York Giants loss to the division rival Philadelphia Eagles 24-19 on Thursday Night Football.
Eli Manning had a horrible game completing 38 of 63 passes for 356 yards with 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions, one of which was a pick-six. Odell Beckham Jr. was seemingly unstoppable however, with 11 catches for 150 yard he tied Lance Alworth for the fastest player in NFL history to reach 4,000 career receiving yards. Manning’s touchdown was thrown to rookie receiver Sterling Shepard on a beautiful route to cut into an early Eagles lead.
Rookie Carson Wentz had a decent game, completing 13-24 passes for 152 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Philadelphia struck first as running back Daren Sproles broke-off for a 25-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. When the Giants tried to answer back, Manning threw a pick-six to Malcom Jenkins and that gave the Eagles a 14-0 lead 7 minutes into the game. Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie responded with an interception but the New York offense failed to find the end-zone on two straight red-zone opportunities, settling for field goals on both. Wentz was then able to find a wide open Nelson Agholor for a 40-yard touchdown to increase their lead. Shepard’s 13-yard touchdown came before the half as well and the Giants were only down 21-13 at the half.
The Giants were able to build some momentum in the second half but as soon as it started to go their way, Malcom Jenkins came down with his second interception of the night. New York was able to trim the lead down to 24-19 and had a one last chance to come away with a win, but Eli Manning threw his third interception of the night after moving within the Eagles’ 35-yard line with less then 1 minute remaining in the game.
The Giants have a few more chances to clinch a playoff spot as their final game against Washington could do it and also a Dallas Cowboys win this weekend against the Detroit Lions could also clinch their spot.