For more than three hours, the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles tried to find a way to lose. But the Eagles still are the class of the NFL in that department.
Outplayed and seemingly beaten by the lowly Eagles, the Giants capitalized on two late turnovers to come back from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and beat Philadelphia, 23-17, in overtime today.
"You can call it human error or you can call it the defense playing hard," said Michael Strahan, who won the game with a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown. "I call it a miracle from God."
Strahan may be giving the Eagles (2-6) too much credit. If Philadelphia has perfected anything, it's finding the most demoralizing way to blow a game.
The Eagles had a field goal blocked and fumbled on their 5 late in the fourth before the Giants' Christian Peter tipped Doug Pederson's pass on third and eight in overtime. Strahan caught it and ran untouched to the end zone as the Giants (5-3) extended their winning streak to three games.
The Eagles blew a chance to put the game out of reach with 6 1/2 minutes left in the fourth when Norm Johnson's 33-yard field goal attempt was blocked--also by Peter--after a high snap.
With Gary Brown and backup Joe Montgomery out, quarterback Kent Graham was the Giants' leading rusher with 40 yards. Graham completed 26 of 42 passes for 240 yards, playing well for the second straight week.
Duce Staley carried the Eagles with 97 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown run in a 14-point second quarter. But Staley was stripped by Keith Hamilton and fumbled at the Philadelphia 5 with 2 minutes 43 seconds left, leading to Graham's seven-yard scoring pass to Pete Mitchell to tie it at 17 with two minutes to play.
"The situation that happened today should never happen," said Eagles Coach Andy Reid, his voice shaky after his team blew a fourth-quarter lead for the second straight week and second game in a row against the Giants.