The NFL’s oft-criticized overtime rules showed they have a bright side Monday night, ending the extra period before Eli Manning could take the field in an ugly, drawn-out contest.
Carson Wentz and the Eagles scored a touchdown on the opening drive of OT to beat the Giants, 23-17, and tie the Cowboys atop the NFC East with a 6-7 record.
New York (2-11) scored all 17 of its points in the second quarter. Manning, playing for the first time since Week 2 due to a Daniel Jones ankle injury, hit wide receiver Darius Slayton for big plays on all three scoring drives. Slayton had touchdowns of 35 and 55 yards, part of a 154-yard first half.
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He didn’t have a catch after halftime.
Philadelphia locked down on defense in the second half, forcing the Giants to punt on all six of their possessions, excepting a kneel to send the game to overtime. New York finished with 29 second-half yards.
That allowed Wentz and the Eagles offense to overcome a 17-3 halftime deficit and limp to 17 points by the end of regulation. They won the coin toss and took care of business in overtime but deserve scorn for letting the game get there in the first place.
Despite a noticeable lack of style points, Philadelphia still enters a tie with Dallas for the NFC East lead. The Eagles’ schedule over the final three weeks takes them on a tour of their dreadful division, facing Washington, Dallas and New York again.
Because of that, Philadelphia may now be the favorite to make the playoffs, with the Cowboys having to face the Rams next week.
Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from Eagles vs. Giants on “Monday Night Football” Week 14. Follow along below.
Giants vs. Eagles final score
Giants vs. Eagles: Updates, highlights
11:35 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Eagles. Wentz to Ertz to end it. Philadelphia does everybody a favor and makes overtime about as fast as it could’ve been. I hope you were not watching this game. Eagles 23, Giants 17.
11:33 p.m.: Philadelphia down to the 2-yard line.
11:31 p.m.: The Eagles are into field goal range in a flash, with a 25-yard run from Scott doing much of the work.
11:28 p.m.: Philadelphia wins the OT coin toss and will start with the ball.
End fourth quarter: Giants 17, Eagles 17
11:24 p.m.: After a 9-yard pass on third-and-10, the Eagles avoid a “Miracle at the Meadowlands” role reversal by punting into the end zone for a touchback. We’ll head to overtime. Don’t know what we did to deserve that.
11:22 p.m.: Near-disaster for the Eagles. Wentz tries to get a pass off as he’s being tackled, and it’s batted up int the air at the line. Very fortunate it wasn’t then intercepted.
11:20 p.m.: Eli and the Giants go three-and-out for the fourth time in the second half, punting for the sixth time in the second half. Philadelphia takes over on its own 18 with 1:25 to go and one timeout.
11:16 p.m.: Gives a good idea of how this game his gone.
Eagles have out-gained the Giants 206 to 23 in the second half 👀
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) December 10, 2019
11:11 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Eagles. Wentz hits Ertz on third-and-goal with 1:53 to play. An extra point ties it up. Giants 17, Eagles 17.
11:08 p.m.: Philadelphia faces second-and-goal from the 2 as we hit the two-minute warning.
11:00 p.m.: The Eagles face another fourth-and-1 and sneak again. This time Wentz converts, rather than getting stood up and fumbling.
10:55 p.m.: Philadelphia gets a stop and turns the ball over to its offense with about five miuntes left.
End third quarter: Giants 17, Eagles 10
10:29 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Eagles. Philadelphia gets a score it desperately needed late in the third quarter with a 10-play drive that lasts just short of six minutes. Running back Boston Scott finishes it off from 2 yards out. Giants 17, Eagles 10.
10:05 p.m.: Both teams go three-and-out to open the second half.
10:00 p.m.: New York starts the third quarter with the ball.
HALFTIME: Giants 17, Eagles 3
9:39 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Giants. Well then. Just before the half, Manning hits Slayton behind the defense for a 55-yard score. Slayton has five catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Giants 17, Eagles 3.
9:28 p.m.: Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson had a guy roll up on him, and he is eventually carted from the sideline to the locker room.
Injury Update: T Lane Johnson (ankle) is questionable to return.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 10, 2019
9:17 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Giants. Another big catch from Slayton moved New York down the field, and Aldrick Rosas nails a 34-yarder to extend the lead. Giants 10, Eagles 3.
9:10 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Eagles . Philadelphia scored a touchdown from the 9-yard line, but it was nullified by a holding penalty. Instead, a 34-yard field goal a few plays later. Giants 7, Eagles 3.
8:57 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Giants. Manning hits Darius Slayton, who makes a guy miss and is gone for a 35-yard score. Giants 7, Eagles 0.
End first quarter: Eagles 0, Giants 0
8:54 p.m.: It’s raining, but I’m not sure that fully explains the level of play on display tonight. There is almost certainly a better use of your time than watching the rest of this game.
8:39 p.m.: New York does nothing with the strong field position. Three-and-out.
8:32 p.m.: FUMBLE, Eagles. Philadelphia went for it on fourth-and-1 just shy of midfield. Wentz tries to sneak and gets stood up, then the ball apparently comes out toward the end of the play. Likely would’ve been a turnover on downs anyway.
8:27 p.m.: Manning misses Barkley on a third-and-7 checkdown. Looked like he probably had enough room for a first down.
8:22 p.m.: A sack derails Philadelphia’s drive. It’s time for Eli.
8:18 p.m.: The Eagles begin at the 25 after a touchback.
7:07 p.m.: Inactives: