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Other Week 14 Game Recaps

Week 14 Game Recap: New York Giants 26, Philadelphia Eagles 23

What you need to know

New York Giants

In a surprisingly close game between divisional rivals, the New York Giants needed an overtime field goal by Jay Feely to clinch the victory. In this game, the Giants’ offense moved the ball well between the twenties, but made several costly mistakes and struggled to make the most of its red zone opportunities. In the end, a furious New York pass rush played an integral role in the Giants’ win.

For Eli Manning, this was a tale of two games. For three quarters Manning played solid football, making good decisions and accurate throws as his team moved the ball efficiently against a struggling Eagles’ defense. However, Manning suffered a meltdown in the fourth quarter, throwing two interceptions and nearly costing his team the victory. To be fair, Manning played behind a makeshift offensive line for much of the game, as the Giants lost three offensive line starters in the first half. Manning had two touchdowns in the game, one on the ground and one in the air.

Jeremy Shockey did not find the end zone, but made huge catches all over the field. He was targeted a game high 21 times, and finished with 107 yards receiving on ten receptions. Amani Toomer led New York wide receivers with six catches for 54 yards. Burress had a very quiet game, as he managed just two receptions for 37 yards. On the ground, Barber continued his reign of terror against the Eagles. He was responsible for 195 yards of total offense, with one touchdown in the receiving game. Brandon Jacobs stole two goal line carries from Barber early in the game, but after failing to punch it in on successive attempts, he was not seen on the field again.

Philadelphia Eagles

Coming off of their disastrous loss on Monday night, the injury-ridden Eagles played determined football against the New York Giants. After struggling early in the game, the Philadelphia defense held steady, giving the offense time to claw back into the contest.

Although his fantasy numbers were unimpressive, Mike McMahon played a solid game. He was able to avoid the costly interception, and made some big plays late in the game to send the contest into overtime. However, a McMahon fumble in overtime set up a game winning field goal for the Giants. McMahon threw for 190 yards and no touchdowns.

The Philadelphia ground game enjoyed success against one of the league’s top run defenses. Rookie Ryan Moats led the charge with 114 rushing yards and two long touchdown runs. Despite Moats’ success, the Eagles stayed with a committee approach in the backfield. Reno Mahe and Lamar Gordon finished with 42 and 17 rushing yards, respectively.

Among Philadelphia receivers, Reggie Brown had the most notable performance. He made a number of critical catches late in the game, and finished with 72 receiving yards. Greg Lewis was targeted on several deep balls, but continued to struggle to make plays. L.J. Smith had a quiet game with just 25 receiving yards on two catches.

What you ought to know

QB Eli Manning, Pass: 28 - 44 - 312 - 1 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 4 - 8 - 1

Coming off of a tough game against Dallas, Manning played well against the Eagles for most of the contest. Harassed by the Philadelphia blitz, he made good use of his backs and tight ends in the passing game. He converted pass after pass on third down, and was ten of 12 on third down passes at one point in the fourth quarter. Manning did struggle in the red zone; failing to complete a number of would be touchdown passes that could have put the game out of reach early on. Despite his struggles, Manning had two touchdowns, one on a short goal line pass to Tiki Barber, and another on a quarterback sneak. At the end of the game, Manning badly regressed, throwing interceptions on two badly overthrown passes.

RB Tiki Barber, Rush: 32 - 124 - 0, Rec: 5 - 71 - 1 (6 targets)

Barber was highly effective both as a runner and pass catcher in this game. He broke tackles and reversed field direction to create running room all over the field. On one play, he was brought down inside the Philadelphia one yard line at the end of a long run. Barber was equally effective in the passing game, where he scored on a four yard pass underneath. Notably, Barber was pulled at the goal line in favor Brandon Jacobs on two plays early in the game. After Jacobs failed to score on both attempts, Barber remained in the game for all subsequent short yardage situations.

RB Brandon Jacobs, Rush: 2 - 0 - 0

Jacobs had only two carries in the game, on successive goal line attempts. He failed to find the end zone on either play. On the second attempt, it appeared as if he scored a touchdown, but the officials ruled otherwise. The play was challenged, but the call on the field was upheld. Notably, after failing to penetrate the end zone on his two tries, Jacobs was not seen on the field again.

RB Derrick Ward, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0 (1 targets)

Ward did not figure into the Giants’ offense.

RB Jim Finn (3 targets)

Finn made two catches for 14 yards out of the backfield, one of them converting a third down to prevent the Giants from going three and out on their first series.

WR Amani Toomer, Rec: 6 - 54 - 0 (7 targets)

Toomer made the most of his opportunities, catching six of seven balls thrown his way for 54 yards. He had one reception in the red zone – an eight yard pass that he took down to the Philadelphia three yard line. Had the pass not been thrown high, he may have been able to find the end zone.

WR Tim Carter, Rush: 1 - 4 - 0, Rec: 1 - 14 - 0 (1 targets)

Carter’s only catch in the game came with under 1:00 remaining in the contest.

WR Plaxico Burress, Rec: 2 - 37 - 0 (4 targets)

Burress had a very quiet afternoon, with just 37 receiving yards on two catches. With the Giants in the lead for most of the game and employing a conservative offensive approach, he was targeted just four times. Burress was targeted in the end zone on a fade route, but was unable to hang onto the ball.

TE Jeremy Shockey, Rec: 10 - 107 - 0 (21 targets)

Shockey made a catch on the first play of the game, and continued to be very heavily involved in the Giants’ offense thereafter. Shockey made huge catches all over the field, and was critical to the Giants’ success on this day. He was targeted multiple times in the red zone, but was unable to score a touchdown. On one series he was tackled at the Philadelphia four, then targeted on a fade route but Manning overthrew the ball badly.

TE Visanthe Shiancoe, Rec: 2 - 15 - 0 (2 targets)

Shiancoe caught both passes thrown his way for 15 yards.

PK Jay Feely 4 - 4 FG, 2 - 2 XP, 14 points

Having missed four of his last five field goal attempts coming into game, Feely rewarded fantasy owners that stuck with him against the Eagles. He was perfect on this day, with two extra points and field goals of 24, 21, 27, and 36 yards.

NYG Rush Defense

The Giants’ rush defense was surprisingly ineffective against the Eagles’ running attack. They allowed long touchdown runs of 40 and 18 yards to Ryan Moats, both of them sweeps to the left side. In total, they allowed 175 yards on the ground.

NYG Pass Defense

The Giants’ pass defense was a key to their victory. Although they had no interceptions on the day, the unit forced the fumble in overtime that set up the game winning Feely field goal in overtime. The New York pass rush was in the face of McMahon for most of the afternoon. They finished with six sacks. Notably, Strahan lost a sack when the Giants mysteriously accepted an offensive holding penalty that made it first and 20 instead of second and 17.

QB Mike McMahon, Pass: 14 - 32 - 190 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0

McMahon got the start against the Giants despite his ghastly performance on Monday night. Based on his performance in this game, he may have learned something from his mistakes. McMahon made good decisions and made plays when called upon, especially late in the game. On several plays he showed off his athletic ability, scrambling away from a furious pass rush to buy time to find receivers downfield. McMahon’s only big mistake in the game proved costly – he fumbled in overtime when he was hit from behind. The fumble set up a game winning field goal for New York. McMahon failed to throw a touchdown in the game.

RB Ryan Moats, Rush: 11 - 114 - 2

Moats was easily the most impressive of the three Philadelphia running backs. He broke off long touchdown runs of 40 and 18 yards, both going to the left side of the line. Overall, Moats showed good vision and great speed against a tough Giants’ run defense.

RB Reno Mahe, Rush: 7 - 42 - 0, Rec: 3 - 19 - 0 (3 targets)

Mahe had a solid effort against the Giants, notching 42 yards on seven carries. He was the only Philadelphia back targeted in the passing game, where he had three catches for 19 yards. Mahe did have a fumble on one punt return, but the ball was recovered by the Eagles.

RB Lamar Gordon, Rush: 6 - 17 - 0

Gordon started the game for Philadelphia in the backfield, but was the least used of Philadelphia’s three running backs. He finished with 17 yards on six carries, with most of his runs going in between the tackles.

WR Reggie Brown, Rec: 5 - 72 - 0 (10 targets)

Brown played well in this game, making several big catches with defenders draped all over him. He had a huge 35 yard catch on third down in fourth quarter on a ball that he wrestled away from the defender. On a negative note, Brown did have one bad drop going across the middle of the field late in the game.

WR Billy McMullen, Rec: 2 - 46 - 0 (9 targets)

McMullen was targeted nine times but had just two receptions in the game. His long catch of the day was a 34 yard reception on a seam route in the middle of the field. McMullen was targeted on a slant in the red zone, but was unable to make a play.

WR Greg Lewis, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (6 targets)

Lewis did little to win favor with his fantasy owners in this contest. On the first play of the game he was targeted on a deep post pattern, but the ball hit him in the hands and fell to the ground. He dropped another ball that was thrown slightly behind him in the middle of the field. His first and only catch of the game was a big one, as it converted a third down in overtime.

WR Darnerien McCants, Rec: 1 - 20 - 0 (2 targets)

McCants had a 20 yard catch along the sideline to convert a Philadelphia third down at the end of the first half.

TE L.J. Smith, Rec: 2 - 25 - 0 (4 targets)

After making a great 22 yard catch while diving backwards on the Eagles’ first series, Smith seemed to disappear from the game plan. He finished with only 25 yards on two receptions.

PK David Akers 3 - 4 FG, 2 - 2 XP, 11 points

Akers made three of four field goal attempts, hitting from 42, 37, and 50 yards. He missed from 49 yards on a kick that hit the crossbar. Akers was two of two on extra point attempts.

PHI Rush Defense

The Philadelphia rush defense struggled to contain Tiki Barber and Giants’ running game. They were pushed around at the line of the scrimmage for much of the game, and allowed 138 total yards on the ground. The run defense did seem to dig in effectively in the red zone, but did yield a touchdown on a quarterback sneak.

PHI Pass Defense

The Eagles’ pass defense did a nice job against the Giants’ wide receivers, but had no answer for Jeremy Shockey. Unable to get much pressure with their front four, they blitzed often. The Eagles had just one sack, but came up with two big interceptions late in the game. They yielded 312 passing yards in the contest.

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