Week 1 Opening Statement New Faces on Defense Key Eagles 27-21 Win over Giants | Box Score | Newly acquired D.J. Williams made his presence felt in his first game in Eagles' green. Philadelphia, PA - All eyes were on Philadelphia on Monday Night Football. Spotlight game. Defending NFC Champs in the house. New coaching staff. An off-season full of anticipation from the fan base. The Eagles made sure the hometown 12th man got their money's worth. D.J. Williams led the way with 7 tackles, an interception and a key pass breakup as the Eagles' defense stood firm against a late Giants charge to open the season with a 27-21 upset win. Philly forced Eli Manning into four interceptions (including two in the red zone), with rookie dime back Tyrell Hilliard collecting two of those picks. The Eagles new "bend-but-don't-break" philosophy frustrated the G'men, as they outgained the Eagles 342-215, but could only muster two offensive touchdowns to show for it. Things didn't start the way new Eagles coach Bada Bing drew things up. With the team and crowd in a frenzy, Giants rookie Sean Hopkins took Justin Coker's opening kickoff 100 yards to the house, silencing the masses and giving New York an early 7-0 lead. The defending champs looked to be on their way, but a newly found mental toughness allowed Philly to respond. Kevin Kolb engineered a 7-play drive which stalled at the Giants' 34, leading to a David Akers 51-yard field goal. Williams made an immediate impact on the very next play from scrimmage, intercepting an Eli Manning pass. That led to a Leonard Weaver 1-yard touchdown run on 3rd and 1 to give the home team a lead they would never relinquish. The next drive ended in another turnover, as OLB Akeem Jordan forced an Ahmad Bradshaw fumble into Asante Samuel's hands around midfield. The Eagles struck again, this time with LeSean McCoy taking a screen pass 44 yards into the end zone to extend the lead to ten points. The Giants took the ball out of Manning's hands on the next drive, pounding the rock with "thunder-and-lightning" - Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. Jacobs finished the 8-play drive with a 2-yard touchdown, closing the gap to 3 at 17-14. David Akers kicked his second 50+ yard field goal on the ensuing drive to put the lead at 6. The Giants drove down the field again, but were stymied when FS Nate Allen intercepted a Manning pass in the back of the end zone, sending the game to halftime at 20-14. The Eagles deferred at the beginning of the game, giving them the ball to begin the third quarter. The DeSean Jackson show ensued, as it took the electric wide receiver just two plays to get Philly back ahead by two scores. He started with a 46-yard kickoff return, giving his team excellent field position. On the next play, Kolb hit Jackson on a curl route and he shook through defenders 53-yards to paydirt. A 13-point lead in hand, the Eagles handed things over to their defense and asked them to win the game. The plan started out well, as Tyrell Hilliard intercepted an Eli Manning pass on the very next Giants drive. The Eagles were unable to capitalize however, as the normally reliable David Akers missed a 39-yard field goal attempt wide right. The Giants had new life, and Manning was finally able to get things going. He drove his boys downfield finding Ahmad Bradshaw in one-on-one coverage on the outside for a 23-yard score, bringing NY back within 6 at 27-21. The Giants defense stepped up and forced an Eagles punt and looked in position to take their first lead since the opening quarter. A nice mix of runs and passes got the Giants deep into Eagles territory. However, the two new stars of the Philly defense combined on a game-saving play. Hakeem Nicks looked as if he was headed for a game-changing touchdown, beating man coverage from the slot. However, D.J. Williams got a hand on the Manning pass at the last second, deflecting the ball into the hands of the rookie Hilliard with just over 2 minutes remaining. The Eagles once again played things close to the vest and were forced to punt the ball back to the Giants with about a minute and half left. New York got the ball to the Eagles 30-yard line, but Philly stood firm, forcing incomplete passes on third and fourth down to preserve the huge victory. Kevin Kolb picked up where he left off last season, misfiring on just two of his 19 passes and racking up 239 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles couldn't muster anything on the ground all day, with the Giants linebacking core keeping McCoy in check. The tailback finished the day with 11 yards on as many carries. He did make his presence felt in the passing game, picking up 57 yards and a touchdown through the air. Jackson led the way, catching 4 balls for 82 yards and the score. For New York, Manning threw for 236 yards, but his four interceptions proved to be the difference. Brandon Jacobs picked up a punishing 85 yards on just 9 attempts with the Giants fighting from behind for much of the night. Fresh off a great win over the defending conference champs, things don't get any easier for Bing's Eagles. They welcome in the New England Patriots to Lincoln Financial Field in week 2, owners of a 12-4 record last season and a 34-17 opening week win over Miami. "We'll be ready to go," said Coach Bing, noting that "...hopefully the confidence we gained in tonight's game will carry over not only next week, but through the entire season." Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 New York Giants Team Leaders Philadelphia Eagles Manning 18-30, 236 yards, TD, 4 INT Passing Kolb 17-19, 239 yards, 2 TD Jacobs 9 rush, 85 yards, TD Rushing McCoy 11 rush, 11 yards Bradshaw 5 rec, 60 yards, TD Receiving D. Jackson 4 rec, 82 yards, TD Cofield 3 tackles, 2 sacks, FF Defense D.J. Williams 7 tackles, INT, pass def ----------------------------------------------------------- @Phenom - Great game man - looking forward to our rematch later in the season!