The stakes were high in Philadelphia and the New York Giants knew it. They will return to New York with a 2-1 record after beating the Eagles 29-16. The so called "Dream Team" in Philadelphia now sits below .500 at 1-2.
A bruising pass rush got to Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick numerous times, eventually forcing him from the game. Among the many hits he took, Vick suffered a broken hand that ended his afternoon. Video below. This marks the second straight game Vick started but did not finish, a worrisome trend for the Eagles. Vick's mobile game can be electrifying, but it also puts him in increased contact with defenders. Critics have claimed for some time that injuries were inevitable given Vick's quarterbacking style.
Even before the injury, Vick did not show too much in the game. Blossoming star defensive linemen Jason Pierre-Paul of the Giants chased Vick around all day. His stat line before he exited was a pedestrian 16 of 23 passes for 176 yards and an interception. He also ran seven times for 31 yards. Vick's broke his right hand, luckily for the Eagles he throws with his left.
The Giants moved the ball well against a porous Eagle defense. Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs combined for over 100 yards rushing. Little used receiver Victor Cruz hauled in two touchdowns from quarterback Eli Manning. Manning threw four touchdowns total in the game.
LeSean McCoy provided the silver lining for Eagle fans. He rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown, slashing through the Giants defense and showing remarkable agility.