The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants by a final score of 35 to 30. With the meaningless, the Eagles are now 7-9 on the 2015 NFL season.
The Giants won the opening coin toss but elected to defer. The Eagles offense looked surprisingly good on their first drive. DeMarco Murray took off for 54-yard touchdown run from under center. Of course. He looked so bad all season and then he does that in a meaningless game. Great.
New York was forced to punt on their first drive. The Eagles got the ball back and Sam Bradford almost hit Jordan Matthews on a deep pass on third down, but, you guessed it, Matthews dropped it. Terrible drop. Great pass by Bradford, though.
The Giants got the ball back and marched down the field for a field goal. Eli Manning's red zone passes were pretty bad. Tanking?
New York's defense continued to look awful. Bradford hit Zach Ertz wide open over the middle for a 60-yard gain. Then Darren Sproles punched it in for a short rushing touchdown. More meaningless success.
Marcus Smith ... yes... Marcus Smith sacked Manning in the red zone to force another Giants touchdown. Really. Marcus Smith. A sack! Like Murray, perfect timing for a player who did nothing all season to show up in a meaningless game.
The Eagles got a lucky break (sic) when Jason Pierre-Paul tipped Bradford's pass at the line and the ball got picked off. The Giants took advantage of the short field and threw a touchdown pass to their fullback.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, they answered back with a nice touchdown drive. Bradford looked sharp and he hit a wide open Matthews in the end zone for a score. Matthews DID NOT spin the ball to celebrate the catch.
The Giants answered back with a nice, lengthy touchdown drive of their own. Rashad Jennings banged it up the middle for a score to cut the Eagles lead to 21-20 at the half.
Murray came up big in the third quarter by fumbling to kill a promising Eagles drive. The G-Men immediately took advantage by airing it out deep. Manning hit Reuben Randle for a 45-yard touchdown. Walter Thurmond got lost in coverage on the play.
New York got the ball back again after Philadelphia went three-and-out in order to honor the memory of Chip Kelly. The Giants drove into the red zone and were primed to extend their lead until ... Connor Barwin deflected Manning's pass and Thurmond took it to the house for a pick six. Devastating Eagles touchdown there.
In a true sign of tanking, the Giants ran the ball on 3rd-and-10 near the middle of the field. They punted and then the Eagles put together a long scoring drive to increase their lead. Bradford hit Matthews in the end zone for the receiver's second touchdown of the day.
The Giants were able to cut to lead to five points with 4:30 remaining thanks to a 47-yard field goal from Josh Brown. The Eagles had a chance to move the chains and essentially end the game on third down but Riley Cooper, who is insanely clutch, stepped up by failing to make a one-handed catch on a Bradford throw.
The Eagles punted and New York got the ball back with little time to play. Mychal Kendricks broke up a pass on fourth down to end the game.
This win means the Eagles won't travel to London in 2016. Instead, they'll have to play the Seahawks in Seattle. It also hurts their draft positioning. So that's just great. Pathetic.
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