Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/1/12

Eli Manning is human in the fourth quarter

Mr. Manning has really showed some magic when it comes to the Giants being down in the fourth quarter the past few years, especially against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers only two weeks ago.

Against the Eagles this week though, he seemed to come back to Earth with a lackluster performance in the fourth.

Manning began the game's final quarter by throwing a costly interception.

But came back the Giants' next drive to lead the offense into the red zone and score the go-ahead touchdown to put the Giants up by one midway through the fourth.

However when it came down for Manning to shine again late after the Eagles went up by two, he was only able to drive to the Eagles 36 yard line, which proved to be too far for kicker Lawrence Tynes.

 

Andy Reid still has the Giants' number

There were a very bizarre series of events late in last night's game but Andy Reid and the Eagles held on to beat the Giants for the 17th time since Reid became the coach for the Eagles.

Reid is now 17-13 career against big blue and has won eight out of the last nine contestants against Tom Coughlin. He did get away with a gamble late though when Tynes kicked and missed from 54 yards out and the game looked to be over.

Reid called a timeout just before that gave Tynes another shot, but to no avail as he missed the second time also.

 

Shady is elite, don't you forget it

The Eagles' Pro Bowl running back, LeSean McCoy, came to play yesterday. After starting out sluggish in the first half, McCoy went on to have a big game and be the main catalyst for the Eagles' win against the rival Giants.

McCoy tallied a season-high 123 yards and helped the Eagles not only churn clock but get them in field goal range to go up late. While the Eagles have shown to be very pass heavy the first few games of the season, they finally showed some balance last night and used their star running back to take pressure off Michael Vick as well as keep him off the turf. Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg I hope you were taking notes.

 

Giants still have no answer for their ground attack

A week after Andre Brown had a career day against the Carolina Panthers with 131 rushing yards and two touchdowns, they were unable to get anything going on the ground against the Eagles. Once again the weight of the offense was put on Eli's shoulders and the Hakeem Nicks-less receiving corps.

Ahmad Bradshaw made his return from injury but did little to spark the Giants' running attack. He finished with 39 yards on 13 carries. Brown saw limited playing time with only five carries for 14 yards after coming hobbling off the field in the second half that kept him out of the game a few series.

The Giants last year were last in the league in rushing yards and this year are towards the bottom again at 23rd. They will need to find more consistency out of their backfield going forward to take pressure off Eli. After the way David Wilson was returning kicks yesterday it wouldn't be a bad idea to give him another look.

 

Ugly or just plain lucky the Eagles are closing out games

With another tight game coming down to the final minutes of the fourth quarter, the Eagles found a way again to close out another win and improve their record to 3-1. After a horrible team performance last week against the Cardinals, the Eagles were able to make adjustments and pull out a tough divisional win against the defending champions.

It's the third time this year Michael Vick and the offense have been able to put a late fourth quarter drive together to win the game. It hasn't been pretty but the Eagles keep finding a way to win.



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