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Eagles 34, Giants 26


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Reserve tight end Trey Burton had a 27-yard touchdown following a blocked punt early in the third quarter and the Philadelphia Eagles went on to a 34-26 victory over the New York Giants Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

The Eagles took a 17-16 lead at halftime and then expanded their lead with 12:34 remaining in the third thanks to their punt coverage unit, which recorded the fourth block punt of the season when James Casey came charging up the middle and got a hand on punter Steve Weatherford’s punt.

The loose ball was quickly scooped up by Burton, who had a clear path to the end zone for the 27-yard score to give the Eagles the 24-16 lead.

Not even the heroics of Giants receivers Odell Beckham Jr., who finished with a career-high 185 yards on 12 catches and a touchdown or Rueben Randle, who finished with 158 yards on six catches, could help the Giants pull this one out.

The Giants offense went into hibernation following a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Andre Williams on their opening drive to give them a 7-0 lead.

The Eagles, who had answered the Giants’ opening score with a touchdown of their own, jumped out to a 14-7 lead on a drive that stayed alive despite an interception thrown by quarterback Mark Sanchez intended for tight end Zack Ertz.

On a third-down pass attempt, Giants cornerback Chykie Brown was flagged for illegal use of hands, the penalty negating safety Stevie Brown’s interception.

Sanchez, who finished 23 of 36 for 292 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, drove the Eagles down the rest of the field, capping the scoring drive on a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brent Celek with 6:12 left in the first quarter.

The Giants chipped away at the Eagles’ lead, pulling to within one point thanks to three field goals by kicker Josh Brown, who finished with four field goals.

New York got a 53-yard field goal by Brown to make it 24-19 with 4:32 left in the third quarter, but the Eagles weren’t about to relinquish their lead.

Philadelphia sandwiched a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Chris Polk and a 39-yard field goal by Cody Parkey, who had made a 32-yarder earlier in the game, around the Giants’ lone touchdown of the second half, a 63-yard touchdown catch by Beckham.

The game might have had a slightly different complexion for the Giants, who had a third-quarter touchdown catch by Randle taken off the board thanks to left tackle Will Beatty’s fifth holding call in his last two games.

The Giants loss, which dropped them to 6-10 for the season, marks the second time under head coach Tom Coughlin that New York has finished with double-digit losses in the regular season. They finished 6-10 in 2004, Coughlin’s first year with the team.

The Eagles, who finish the 2014 season 9-7, have now won four of the last five games against the Giants in the month of December dating back to 2008. They not only swept the season series this year against the Giants, they also snapped a three-game losing streak that saw their 2014 playoff hopes collapse.

NOTES: Eagles RB LeSean McCoy, who finished with 99 yards on 17 carries, became the first running back in franchise history to rush for at least 1,300 yards three times in his career. … Giants QB Eli Manning, passed the 4,000-yard season mark for the fourth time in his career. In addition, Manning’s fourth-quarter touchdown completion to Odell Beckham Jr. gave him 30 touchdowns in a season for the second time. … Philadelphia CB Nolan Carroll, who got the start in place of the inactive Bradley Fletcher, left the game in the third quarter to be evaluated for a head injury. He was cleared to return in the fourth quarter. … The Giants were a little less fortunate in the injury department as S Stevie Brown suffered a sprained foot and rookie S Nat Berhe injured his right knee. New York also lost TE Larry Donnell in the fourth quarter to an ankle injury.

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