By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN — LeSean McCoy busted free for a 50-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-1 late in the fourth quarter as the Philadelphia Eagles beat the turnover-plagued New York Giants 27-17 on Sunday night.
Quarterback Eli Manning threw touchdown passes to rally the Giants to a 17-16 lead early in the fourth quarter, but later committed a key turnover that turned the game in the Eagles favor.
Manning lost a fumble after running 16 yards for a first down on fourth-and-6 with 2:51 left in the game when New York was trailing 20-17. The Giants quarterback wasn't touched by an Eagles defender and fumbled after diving head first.
"We had the first down, [I need to] go feet first and move the chains," Manning told the New York Post. "It’s happened to me before. I’ve got to get it through my head."
Manning, who threw for only
147 yards, accounted for three interceptions and a fumble. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw also fumbled.
Giants Coach Tom Coughlin blamed the turnovers for the loss.
"It's basically been going on for a year and a half here and nobody has been able to do anything about it," Coughlin told the Daily News. "It cost us a game here."
The Giants lost despite a strong effort from their defense, which kept Michael Vick in check for most of the evening. Vick ran for a touchdown in the first half, but did not throw a touchdown pass a week after torching the Washington Redskins for four touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns.
The loss dropped the Giants (6-4) a game behind the Eagles (7-3) for first place in the NFC East.