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Vick Beats Giants 2717, Puts Eagles Alone Atop NFC East – SportsUntapped.com
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Added November 22nd, 2010 by Chalk

Vick Beats Giants 27-17, Puts Eagles Alone Atop NFC East
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After leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 59-28 win last Monday, superstar quarterback Michael Vick knew his toughest opponent on Sunday night wasn’t his mediocre opponents, the New York Giants, it was just expectations. While Vick wasn’t nearly as spectacular in dispatching the Giants — the Eagles even trailed by one for most of the fourth quarter — he was happy with a 27-17 win.

“It’s a football game, and not every football game is going to be like last week,” Vick said. “I knew that. That’s the reason I put that game behind me. I knew expectations were going to be through the roof, and I knew people were going to expect us to come out and score 50 points a game. But it’s not going to work that way.” Against the Giants, Vick was 24 for 38 for 258 yards and a pedestrian 83.0 quarterback rating, and ran 11 times for 34 yards and a touchdown that put the Eagles up 7-0 near the end of the first quarter.

The other quarterback, Eli Manning, was his usual awful self, throwing three picks and fumbling on a head first slide with the Giants down seven with just over two minutes left in the game. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin ripped his team’s “careless regard for the football that has been going on for probably a year and a half.” Manning’s fumble was the 30th Giant turnover in 10 games this season.

The Giants, who were briefly Super Bowl favorites after an illusory five-game winning streak, have now lost two straight and fallen to 6-4 and eighth place in the NFC. The Eagles are alone in first place in the NFC East at 7-3. Next week, the Giants face the Jaguars at home, and still have two games left with the Redskins, a home rematch with the Eagles and trips to Minnesota and Green Bay remaining on their schedule. Best case scenario the Giants finish 10-6 and probably need some tiebreakers to make the playoffs. The Eagles go to Chicago next Sunday, and have two games left with the Cowboys, and home games against the Texans and Vikings. With a win next week the Eagles should have a pretty clear path to the division title.

 
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