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PHILADELPHIA It was too chilly to sweat, but thats what the New York Giants were doing to the Eagles and their fans on Sunday, making them perspire with a defense that held Philadelphia to just three first-half points on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.Then came the third quarter. The Eagles' offense toweled down and put up 17 points in a span of 7 minutes, 55 seconds that went like this: a 3-yard touchdown run from Boston Scott, a 37-yard field goal from Jake Elliott, and a 4-yard TD catch from DeVonta Smith that survived a lengthy review.When the dust cleared, the Eagles had blown out the Giants, 34-10 after adding fourth-quarter scores from Lane Johnson yes, that Lane Johnson, the Eagles right tackle and a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown by Alex Singleton, the second of his career.RELATED:New Yorks lone touchdown came with just 3:59 to go in the game.The win was a season-high third in a row for the Eagles, who are hitting their stride at the right time and sit at 8-7 with a trip to Washington on deck next Sunday. Greg Maddux Jersey
They have won six of their last eight games."Good teams win games however they need to win games," said head coach Nick Sirianni. "If we have to grind this out and be grimy and let the defense carry the weight the whole time, we'll do it that way. But, hey, just have that next-play mentality of forget the first half."Have that next-play mentality and come out ready to go. They definitely did a good job of coming out and just forgetting - they did exactly that, forgot the first half and they executed in the second half."RELATED:If the season ended today, the Eagles would be in the playoffs as the seventh and final team because Minnesota lost to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. it doesn't matter if the Saints win Monday night because the Eagles own the tiebreaker on them after beating them earlier this season."Weve had, obviously, undisciplined lo ses and it can be hard during that week after just to go, but everyone remained focused," said Scott. "Everybody remained locked in, still had energy, still had juice and guys were continuing to love on each other and push each other. So, there was never any panic.It was the seventh time this season the Eagles have scored 30-plus points after not doing it once in 2020. they are 6-1 in those games.New York, which beat the Eagles 13-7 on Nov. 28 and was tied in this one, 3-3, at halftime, fell to 4-11.Smith, who had five catches for 80 yards, now has Eddie Rosario Jersey
five TD catches this season. That is a team-high in receiving scores, one more than tight end Dallas Goedert. The rookie WR had a career-long 46-yard catch in the first half.Scott, who saw more playing time after Miles Sanders was ruled out at halftime with a hand injury, scored his seventh career rushing touchdown against the Giants in what was his sixth career game. He has eight overall against the Eagles NFC East rival.Scott finished with 41 yards rushing Josh Tomlin Jersey
on 12 carries.Scroll to ContinueThe Eagles poured it on in the fourth quarter, with Johnson reporting as an eligible receiver then Jalen Hurts finding him for a 5-yard touchdown with 11:40 left in the final quarter. The right tackle had never found the end zone or even caught a pa s in his nine career seasons.The touchdown made it 27-3 and set off a jubilant celebration in the end zone.Hurts overcame a dreadful first quarter, in which he had just three completions in 10 attempts for 11 yards, to finish 17-for-29 for 199 yards and two touchdowns. He had a pa ser rating of 102.5, a big improvement from the teams first matchup when he had three interceptions and a PR of 17.5.His two TD throws give him 16 for the season and 26 overall.RELATED:Singleton then made it 34-3 with 10:19 to go, taking a Mike Glennon throw 29 yards to the end zone.Obviously its exciting to be able to do that," said Singleton, who added 11 tackles and now has 122 of them this season."Ive scored Matt Joyce Jersey
two years in a row in the NFL. I scored once in college my sophomore year. I kind of dont get those opportunities. For me to just play in the NFL is a privilege every week. To have those opportunities and be able to do this for this team, in the way were trending, the guys in that locker room, its exciting to be able to do that."Glennon had replaced Jake Fromm with 7:48 to play in the third quarter.Fromms first career start did not go well. He was benched after going 6-for-17 for 25 yards with one interception and a 19.5 pa ser rating.The Giants got the ball coming out of halftime, but Fromm gave it right back to the Eagles when he airmailed a throw right into safety Rodney McLeods hand. It was the first pick for McLeod this season and the teams 10th. It set the offense up at the 21 and the Eagles cashed the po se sion into Scotts TD run.RELATED:Jalen Reagor then gave the Eagles the ball back at the New York 21 with a 39-yard punt return following a three-and-out forced by the defense. This time, though, Philadelphia had to settle for Elliotts field goals, but it was now a two-po se sion game at 13-3 with 7:52 to play in the third.Really, it was just me being aggre sive," said Reagor. "Just using my abilities to trust in myself and listen to the coaches telling me to be aggre sive. Its honestly just like one of those feel things. Ive done it for so long. And in my opinion, you cant just put anybody back there on punt return."You have to be a special player, a special type of talent. Ive been watching former Bears and Falcons return specialist Devin Hester a lot as well and you know, just watching former Eagles WR/PR DeSean Jackson and just implementing my own game and my own way into that game and just trusting myself.Smith made it 20-3 with 4:07 to play in the third. The scoring drive was set up by a 40-yard catch from Quez Watkins, who had three receptions for 43 yards in the game.The Eagles streak of seven straight games rushing for more than 175 yards came to an end. They had 130 yards on 30 runs.The Eagles defense got sacks from Josh Sweat, which was his sixth that ties his career-high Scott Kazmir Jersey
set last year, and rookie Milton Williams, the second of his career.