Rested Giants prepared for anything against Eagles
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — If there is a common thread in recent games between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, it's wild endings.
It's one of the reasons Giants defensive captain Justin Tuck loves playing in those games.
"It's one of those games you go in knowing you have to play your best game to win, and I think they are saying the same about us," Tuck said Monday as the Giants (2-1) returned to work after a long weekend off following their win over Carolina Thursday. "I'm excited about it."
There have been plenty of thrills in this series, which the Eagles have dominated of late with five wins in the last six meetings. The most bizarre ending was two years ago at MetLife Stadium when DeSean Jackson returned a punt on the final play to give the Eagles a 38-31 win. Philadelphia scored 28 points in the final seven-plus minutes to overcome a 21-point hole.
It's not the only one.
Playing for an injured Michael Vick, backup Vince Young led a late touchdown drive on Nov. 20 in a 17-10 Philadelphia win here last season.
The Giants have had some late heroics, too. Eli Manning threw four touchdowns to rally New York to a 29-16 win last season in a game in which Vick broke his hand.
Sunday's game in Philadelphia should be just as interesting. The Eagles (2-1), after all, are coming off a surprisingly one-sided loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
What makes this meeting even more interesting is that most of the experts picked Philadelphia to win the NFC East this season, despite the Giants being the defending Super Bowl champions.
"We don't get caught up in it," Tuck said of the hype. "It's all about one week at a time and trying to win that week. We are used to people not giving us a shot and not believing in us or anything like that. We don't want to get involved in that. It is going to be a huge challenge going down there. They are going to be really fired up. That's what you live for. That's why you play the game. You get excited for matchups like this."
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