Victory is soured by the injury to a key player.
The New York Giants nightmare NFL season has continued after Eli Manning the the rest of his side could not overcome a second-string Philadelphia quarterback and a bottom-ranked defence.
The Eagles lost starting quarterback Michael Vick to hamstring injury in the second quarter, but reserve Nick Foles stepped in a delivered his side’s second win of the season.
New York are now 0-5 after the 36-21 loss which is the franchise’s worst start to a season since 1987, and statistically, their season is over as no side has made the playoffs after losing in the first five weeks.
Foles stayed cool under pressure to lead four scoring drives and throw for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
“Mike was hurt, it was my job to go in there and get a win,” Foles said, who completed 16-of-25 passes for 197 yards, including TD tosses of 25 yards to Brent Celek and 5 yards to DeSean Jackson.
After winning the Super Bowl just two years ago the wheels have fallen off drastically for the Giants who have nothing left to play for this season except pride.
“They’re very frustrated, very down,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said.
“They’ve worked very hard during the week, built themselves up to a good approach, and then the frustration of not getting the win … they’re doing the best they can. They’re standing up, they’re supporting each other. That’s the way it has to be for a team to continue on.”
New York, once known for its fearsome defence, has been reduced to spectators for much of the season as they have averaged at least 31 points each game this season, tying a record set by the Chicago Cardinals in 1954.
Manning and the rest of hiss side won’t have long to lick their wounds once again as they play the Chicago Bears on Thursday night to start week six.
The Eagles at in first place in the NFC East thanks to the win and they will be out to stay there when they tackle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.