The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA—A tenacious defence bailed out Sam Bradford and made Eli Manning miserable.
DeMarco Murray ran for 109 yards and a touchdown, and Nolan Carroll returned one of Manning’s two interceptions for a score, as the Philadelphia Eagles dumped the N.Y. Giants 27-7 last night.
The Eagles had three takeaways, sacked Manning three times, and forced two intentional grounding penalties.
“All the credit goes to them,” Bradford said of Philadelphia’s defence.
“It seemed like every time we needed a stop or a big play, they created a lot of turnovers tonight,” he noted.
“That always gives us a lot of momentum and always gives us juice.”
Bradford threw for 280 yards with a 32-yard TD pass to Riley Cooper, but also had three interceptions to keep New York in the game.
The Giants got zero points off the turnovers.
“We were stagnant,” said Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin. “They did more with their opportunities than we did.”
The Eagles (3-3) have won two-straight to move from last place in the NFC East into a tie for first with the Giants (3-3).
The teams meet again in Week 17.
Neither team looked sharp in front of a prime-time audience. They combined for seven turnovers and 21 penalties.
“That’s bad football,” Coughlin said.
The Giants gave the Eagles first downs on a roughing-the-passer penalty and a running-into-the-kicker penalty to keep both of their TD drives going.
The Eagles took a 14-7 lead in the second quarter when Carroll jumped in front of a pass intended for Dwayne Harris and ran it back untouched for his first career TD.
“Terrible read by me; bad decision to make that throw,” Manning said.
“I should have gone to my next guys in my progression.”
After Nikita Whitlock ran into punter Donnie Jones to give Philadelphia a first down at its 28, Murray took over.
He had two runs of 11 yards each, then finished off the drive with a 12-yard TD run to give Philadelphia a 24-7 lead in the third quarter.
Murray had his best game since joining the Eagles after a record-breaking season in Dallas.
The All-Pro led the NFL in rushing last year and broke Emmitt Smith’s single-season club record, but has struggled in Philadelphia. He entered the game with just 130 yards this season.
“We know we have a long way to go,” Murray said.