It was a double dose of disappointment as the Mets and Giants couldn’t get it done again on a Sunday.
Hours after the Mets, down by a run, left two men in scoring position in the ninth, Eagles rookie placekicker Jake Elliot jacked a 61-yard field goal just barely through the uprights as time expired to secure a 27-24 victory over the Giants in Philly.
While baseball’s regular season comes to a close, anything the Mets do at this point is gravy, in contrast to the start of a much shorter NFL schedule with the Giants already three in the hole.
Having the dubious honor of sharing respective divisional basement dwelling records with the San Francisco 49’ers and Cleveland Browns, NY let a close one slip away with a golden opportunity in the red zone.
After an apparent TD by Sterling Shepard was reserved, Philadelphia stopped the Giants one yard shy of the end zone on third and fourth to hold onto a precarious 7-0 lead going into the half.
At times Eli Manning looked magnificent passing for 366 yards, 35/47 including three touch downs in the fourth quarter, one of which a four yard one handed signature grab by Odell Beckham to tie it at 14 a piece. But their sloppy secondary failed to stop the Eagles relentless offense.
Shepard got redemption on the Giants next possession with a 77-yard TD for a 21-14 lead, but the Eagles answered back on Corey Clement’s 15-yard rush compliments of Eli Apple’s 36-yard pass interference penalty.
On NY’s next drive, two additional costly penalties (10/136yds on the day) forced Manning and company to kick a go-ahead 41-yard field goal, which was quickly erased by Elliot’s 47-yard precursor to his game winning kick.
With 51 seconds left in the game, the Giants were given one more shot at their first victory of the season. Unfortunately, more yellow flags were thrown in the Eagles favor, and the team that couldn’t get out of their own way, could not get out of their won territory.
A short NY punt put the ball on Philadelphia’s 38-yard line. Eagle’s sophomore quarterback Carson Wentz rifled a 19-yard pass to Alshon Jeffery setting up Elliot’s ambitious 61-yard field goal attempt that sealed the deal.
How demoralizing was this loss for the Giants? The Jets, in an ugly match-up against the Dolphins, have a better record.