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NFL Week 12 Game Recap: New York Giants 13, Philadelphia Eagles 7

East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

In a slugfest where both teams averaged under 6.0 yards per play, the New York Giants came out ahead to secure the 13-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

New York forced four Eagles turnovers and held the team to zero points through the first three quarters of play. Boston Scott scored early in the fourth quarter, but Philly still never managed to take the lead before turning the ball over on downs in the final minutes to seal the win for New York.

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New York Giants

Quarterback

Daniel Jones was underwhelming but limited mistakes enough to keep the Eagles from ever taking a lead in the game. He completed 19-of-30 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown with zero big-time throws and zero turnover-worthy plays. His average depth of target for the game was just 5.2 yards, and he attempted just six passes more than 10 yards down the field.

Running Back

Saquon Barkley led the backfield in total offensive snaps with 52, and no other back played more than 10 for New York. His offensive line didn’t create a ton of running room, however. He totaled just 40 yards on 13 carries and broke one tackle on the ground, and 32 of his 40 rushing yards came on just one run. He also caught four passes for just 13 yards.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

None of the Giants’ pass-catchers recorded more than 50 receiving yards. Kenny Golladay led the group with three receptions on seven targets for 50 yards and three first downs. Darius Slayton finished second on the team with three receptions on four targets for 40 yards and three first downs. Tight end Evan Engram was the only pass-catcher with a drop in the game.

Offensive Line

None of the Giants' offensive linemen will finish PFF’s review process with run-blocking grades above 65.0. Billy Price and Andrew Thomas, however, each played 34 pass-blocking snaps and allowed zero total pressures on the day. The other three starters combined for three pressures allowed.

Defensive Line

The Giants’ defensive line couldn’t get much of anything going in the trenches. The unit was getting bullied in the run game, and a high percentage of their pressures came late in the play. Lorenzo Carter led the group with three total pressures on 23 pass-rushing snaps.

Linebacker

Tae Crowder got an interception in the game and led the team’s linebacker room in snaps played (67), but his run defense was a complete liability all game long. He was consistently pushed off the ball and made very few stops near the line of scrimmage against the Eagles’ rushing attack.

Reggie Ragland and Benardrick McKinney combined for three defensive stops themselves and played 34 and 22 defensive snaps, respectively.

Secondary

Xavier McKinney should finish reviews as one of the Giants’ highest-graded players in the game. He allowed just 14 yards on three targets, secured an interception and recorded multiple defensive stops.

Julian Love, Aaron Robinson and Adoree’ Jackson all forced an incompletion, and no Giants defensive back allowed more than 34 total yards in coverage.

Philadelphia Eagles

Quarterback

This was easily Jalen Hurts’ worst game of the season. He had just one big-time throw and three turnover-worthy plays in what should finish reviews as a sub-50.0-graded game. He was consistently off-target and made too many mistakes with the football to take control of the game.

Running Back

Boston Scott led the Eagles’ backfield with 34 offensive snaps while Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell logged 22 and 11 snaps, respectively. Scott and Sanders both finished with 64 yards rushing on the ground, with a high percentage of their yards coming before contact.

Sanders recorded one broken tackle, three first downs and a score. He didn’t find the end zone or break any tackles, but he did record 10-plus yards on two separate runs.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Hurts was the root cause for a lot of the woes in the passing game, but his receivers didn’t help him out a ton, either. Gainwell led all Philadelphia pass-catchers with 32 receiving yards, while Jalen Reagor finished second with two receptions on seven targets for 31 yards. Rookie standout DeVonta Smith only had two receptions for 22 yards and two first downs.

Offensive Line

The Philly offensive line was dominant across the board, but tackles Jordan Mailata and Lane Johnson were the two biggest stars of the game. Both players should finish PFF’s grading reviews with 80.0-plus grades and just three pressures allowed between the two of them.

Defensive Line

It was a party in the trenches for Philly. Fletcher Cox, Milton Williams, Derek Barnett and Javon Hargrave should finish reviews with 70.0-plus PFF grades due in large part to their stellar run defense. The first three in that group all had at least two defensive stops, and Hargrave led the team with three total pressures.

Linebacker

Alex Singleton (57) and T.J. Edwards led the Philly linebacking corps in defensive snaps played, and both players were strong in run defense. The duo combined for eight defensive stops and should finish reviews with 75.0-plus run-defense grades.

Secondary

Avonte Maddox should finish PFF’s review process as the highest-graded Eagles defensive back against New York. He allowed five receptions on seven targets for 47 yards and recorded multiple defensive stops, a forced incompletion and zero missed tackles.

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