Giants fall to Eagles, Manning's struggles leave Giants 0-5

Mon Oct 7, 2013 11:05am EDT
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By Larry Fine

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - The New York Giants' season lay in ruins, while the Philadelphia Eagles climbed into the thick of the NFC East division race on Sunday as they won their Desperation Bowl showdown at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

The Giants, winners of the Super Bowl two seasons ago, sank to 0-5 for the first time since the strike-interrupted 1987 season in which replacement players were used, while the Eagles reached 2-3 by ending a three-game losing skid.

Three fourth-quarter interceptions by two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, caused as much by bad decision-making as by poor throwing, left Giants head coach Tom Coughlin questioning his field general.

"It all comes down to the interceptions," a subdued Coughlin told reporters. "Two of them were just almost unbelievable.

"I honestly believe that he's trying so hard to get us a win, he's almost put too much on himself."

Philadelphia overcame the loss of their starting quarterback Michael Vick, who hurt the Giants with several long-gaining scrambles before injuring his left hamstring while converting a third down with an 11-yard run late in the second quarter.

Back-up Nick Foles filled in admirably, throwing for 197 yards and two touchdowns, and gave the Eagles a 2-0 record within the mediocre division that gives them hopes of making a playoff run under new head coach Chip Kelly.

New York, whose long injury list grew to include running back David Wilson who left the game with a neck injury, rallied to overcome a 19-7 halftime deficit with a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes from Manning to second-year receiver Rueben Randle that gave them a 21-19 lead.   Continued...

Oct 6, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is sacked by Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Bennie Logan in the fourth quarter during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports