Eagles' defense rough up Manning to post 27-7 win
(The Sports Xchange) - The Eagles intercepted Eli Manning twice and returned one for a touchdown as Philadelphia beat the New York Giants 27-7 on Monday to take over first place in the NFC East.
The big play of the game came when cornerback Nolan Carroll picked off a Manning pass and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown that gave the Eagles a 14-7 lead in the second quarter. The Giants never scored again.
"I just read the route and jumped it," said Carroll.
"Then it was just a matter of catching the ball and not falling down before I got to the end zone."
Manning, who completed his first 10 passes, finished 23 of 37 for 200 yards and one touchdown.
The quarterback, who was sacked just four times in the Giants' first five games, was sacked four times on Monday and penalized twice for intentional grounding.
"There's no big secret to all of this -- we're just playing better football," said linebacker DeMeco Ryans, who had one of the Eagles' interceptions.
"We got off to a slow start on both sides of the ball, but we stuck with it and kept working, and good things started to happen.
"Now we have to build on this win and keep playing the way we're capable of playing. We still haven't put together 60 minutes of good football, and that's our next challenge." Continued...