Giants 26

(9-4, 3-3 away)

Eagles 23

(5-8, 4-3 home)

4:05 PM ET, December 11, 2005


1 2 3 4 OT T
NYG 7 10 3 3 326
PHI 7 10 0 6 023

Top Performers

Passing: E. Manning (NYG) - 312 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: T. Barber (NYG) - 32 CAR, 124 YDS

Receiving: J. Shockey (NYG) - 10 REC, 107 YDS

Ny Giants (8-4) at Philadelphia (5-7)

Ny Giants (8-4) at Philadelphia (5-7) Sunday 4:05 pm EST

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- After suffering through consecutive losing campaigns, the surprising New York Giants have shown signs of improvement in several areas this season.

On Sunday, the Giants look to win in a hostile road environment for the first time this season when they visit the reeling Philadelphia Eagles.

Despite losing a total of 22 games over the past two seasons, New York has surged to first place in the NFC East Division this season thanks to the emergence of second-year quarterback Eli Manning and a vastly improved defensive line.

In his first full season as the Giants starter, Manning has thrown for 2,816 yards and and 20 touchdowns - the third-highest total in the NFL.

The first pick in the 2004 draft, Manning passed for at least one TD in each of his first 11 games this season but struggled through his worst performance of the campaign last week in New York's pivotal 17-10 over the Dallas Cowboys.

Manning completed just 12-of-31 attempts and was intercepted twice in the contest, but the Giants delivered a dominant defensive effort to take sole possession of first place in the NFC East, one game ahead of the Cowboys.

Michael Strahan recorded a pair of sacks and linebacker Antonio Pierce scored the eventual game-winning TD on a 12-yard fumble return as New York forced four turnovers and held Dallas to just 206 yards of total offense.

Although Manning has developed faster than expected and the defense has emerged as a legitimate force, New York has posted a record of just 1-3 away from Giants Stadium this season and has not proven that it can win in a hostile road environment. Their lone win away Giants Stadium came against the woeful San Francisco 49ers.

The Giants will get their chance on Sunday when they visit an Eagles squad which is coming off its worst home loss in over 40 years.

After being ravaged by injuries and the Terrell Owens saga throughout the season, Philadelphia suffered an embarrassing 42-0 loss to Seattle on Monday night. Philadelphia committed six turnovers as the Seattle scored three defensive touchdowns.

With Donovan McNabb, cornerback Lito Sheppard and two starting offensive lineman sidelined with various ailments, the Eagles endured their worst home loss since getting blanked, 49-0, to the Green Bay Packers in 1962.

Philadelphia also lost star running back Brian Westbrook for the remainder of the season due to a Lis Franc sprain of the right foot.

Westbrook leads the Eagles with 617 yards rushing and three touchdowns. The speedster also has a team-high 61 catches for 617 yards and four TDs.

Despite being shorthanded, the Eagles will look to exact a measure of revenge against the Giants, who posted a 27-17 victory over their divisional foes on November 20.

Manning threw for 218 yards and three touchdowns - including two in the fourth quarter - as New York survived against a Philadelphia team which was forced to start Mike McMahon in place of McNabb.

Although McMahon threw for a TD and ran for another against the Giants, the fifth-year quarterback was replaced early in Monday's game by Koy Detmer. Eagles coach Andy Reid has not announced a starter for this week's game.

Matchup to watch: Eagles rookie left tackle Todd Herremans squares off against Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who leads the NFC with 11 sacks.

Series: Giants lead, 76-65-2, but have lost their last four games in Philadelphia.

Next week: New York hosts Kansas City, December 17 Philadelphia visits St. Louis, December 18


Passing Leaders

E. Manning66.997495
N. Foles57.8117364

Rushing Leaders

R. Jennings813414.22
A. Williams341053.11
L. McCoy701922.71
D. Sproles181216.72

Receiving Leaders

V. Cruz1829916.61
L. Donnell252369.44
J. Maclin2035317.73
Z. Ertz1322016.91

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsNYG
Yards PassingNYG
Yards RushingNYG
Yards AllowedNYG
Pass Yds AllowedNYG
Rush Yds AllowedNYG

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Philadelphia leads 7-3
Nov 20, 2005NYG 27, PHI 17
Nov 28, 2004NYG 6, PHI 27
Sep 12, 2004NYG 17, @PHI 31
Nov 16, 2003NYG 10, @PHI 28
Oct 19, 2003NYG 10, PHI 14
Dec 28, 2002NYG 10, PHI 7
Oct 28, 2002NYG 3, @PHI 17
Dec 30, 2001NYG 21, @PHI 24
Oct 22, 2001NYG 9, PHI 10