By Dan Benton
The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles entered Thursday night both desperately needing a win to remain alive in the playoff hunt and keep pace in the NFC East, so it’s no surprise things started off with a bang.
On the opening kickoff, Giants return man Jawill Davis was upended and the ball popped loose when he hit the ground. Initially, it was recovered by the Eagles and ruled a fumble, but was promptly overturned following a booth review.
No matter, the Eagles got the ball back on the second play of the game when an Eli Manning pass to tight end Scott Simonson was popped up into the air and picked off by linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, who returned it 24 yards deep into Giants territory.
With a short field, it took Carson Wentz no time at all to find the end zone, hitting wide receiver Alshon Jeffery for a 13-yard score to put Philadelphia up 7-0 in under two minutes.
However, the Giants were quick to strike back, driving the ball 70 yards on seven plays, including a 46-yard run from Saquon Barkley. But after Sterling Shepard got his legs tangled up on an end zone fade, New York was unable to capitalize on the red zone trip, settling instead for an Aldrick Rosas field...