Evan Engram’s drop costs NY Giants as defense folds down stretch of a 22-21 loss to the Eagles
That was the game the NFC East deserves.
In a division that has now combined for six wins through 25 games, the NY Giants and Eagles’ offenses were emblematic Thursday of the division in which they reside, in a 22-21 loss that the Giants quite literally let slip through their grasp at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Giants had the chance to salt out a victory on offense, leading 21-16, but instead the final 2:07 of Thursday loss was a familiar house of horrors that showed just how far away this team is from competing, even in the woebegone NFC East.
Despite putting together a five-play drive that chewed up 2:36, Daniel Jones had a perfectly placed deep ball bounce off the fingertips of tight end Evan Engram deep downfield that would have at least extended the drive and allowed the Giants to continue to milk the clock and potentially pad what was a 21-16 lead.
Instead, the Giants were forced to punt and it was Carson Wentz and the Eagles that showed championship character by making Engram and the Giants pay by methodically driving 71 yards in 1:22 before Wentz found running back Boston Scott for an 18-yard touchdown pass that was perfectly placed against Giants defensive back Jabrill Peppers to lift the Eagles to a 22-21 lead with :40 remaining.
The Giants’ defense surrendered six first downs on the Eagles’ final possession, finally breaking from the onslaught of being on the field for 32:17 and 71 plays.
Thursday was the Giants’ best opportunity to climb back into the division race, but instead, will spend the next 11 days leading up to Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wondering what could have been.
Scroll through for our takeaways from Thursday night’s game: