Eagles’ Lincoln Financial Field is House of Horrors for Giants

Eagles’ Lincoln Financial Field is House of Horrors for Giants

Don’t be fooled by the acquainted markings of a soccer gridiron. Lincoln Monetary Subject really is a Home of Horrors.

Take it from the Ghost of Evan Engram’s Dropped Cross haunting the 29-yard line. Or the Spirit of Victor Cruz’s Agonizing Screams spooking the top zone. Or the Pigskin Frankenstein mentioned to dwell beneath the floor at midfield ever since Jake Elliott’s 61-yard area purpose.

The Giants haven’t simply misplaced 9 straight highway video games to the Eagles. They’ve had their guts wrenched, hearts damaged and minds numbed below 5 completely different head coaches throughout the longest highway shedding streak to 1 opponent in franchise historical past and the eighth-longest energetic streak by one staff visiting one other, in line with Elias Sports activities Bureau. No participant on the roster has gained in Philadelphia carrying a Giants uniform

“It’s positively one thing I wish to get finished this week,” fourth-year receiver Darius Slayton mentioned. “We haven’t not performed effectively. We simply haven’t completed the sport. You keep in mind all of them, nevertheless it doesn’t have an effect on my mindset stepping into there.”

The Eagles’ Lincoln Monetary Subject has been nothing however a Home of Horrors for the Giants, who hope that may change throughout their playoff conflict on Saturday.NY Put up illustration

Head coach Brian Daboll is telling his gamers that nothing issues besides how the Giants and Eagles carry out Saturday within the NFC divisional playoffs. Not the (exaggerated) problem of beating the identical staff 3 times in a season. Not the historical past that the Giants have reached the Tremendous Bowl within the final three seasons wherein they gained a playoff sport. And never the gory particulars of the nine-game slide.

For instance …

The 27-0 loss in 2014 that began all of it, when Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his proper knee leaping for a fourth-down go. The sound of Cruz in ache and the sight of him hiding his tears in his fingers as he left on a cart flattened the Giants because the Eagles recorded their first shutout in 18 years. Cruz didn’t play one other sport for 700 days and solely scored yet one more landing, along with his time as a phenom ending in a flash.

Giants receiver Victor Cruz holds his knee after getting injured throughout a sport towards the Eagles at Lincoln Monetary Subject on Oct. 12, 2014.AP

Giants receiver Victor Cruz reacts as he’s carted off after getting injured throughout a sport towards the Eagles at Lincoln Monetary Subject on Oct. 12, 2014.AP

Or the 24-19 loss in 2016 that marked the disclosing of the Coloration Rush jerseys and the delay of clinching a playoff spot as a result of Eli Manning threw three interceptions on a career-high 63 passes. It’s the furthest the skid dates for any present Large (Landon Collins and the injured Sterling Shepherd).

There have been comebacks wasted, like in 2017, when Manning threw three landing passes in a span of 5:27 within the fourth quarter to show a 14-0 deficit right into a 21-14 lead. An entire momentum swing offset when the Eagles transformed two area objectives within the last 51 seconds, successful 27-24 on the longest game-winning kick by a rookie in NFL historical past: Jake Elliott’s 61-yarder as time expired.

There have been too many comebacks allowed. The Giants blew leads of 16, 14 and 11 over three straight years, when the core of the present staff was first assembled. How does that occur?

Eagles kicker Jake Elliott celebrates his game-winning 61-yard area purpose towards the Giants at Lincoln Monetary Subject on Sept. 24, 2017.AP

With the assistance of unusual personnel deployment and turnovers, the hallmarks of a 25-22 loss in 2018. Saquon Barkley solely had 5 second-half touches (after 15 within the first half) and Manning threw a game-shifting interception on the 2-yard line after the Eagles minimize right into a 19-3 deficit.

With an injured beginning quarterback — Manning began over Daniel Jones for the primary time in 12 weeks — and 3 times as many punts (six) as first downs (two) after halftime as a 17-3 lead changed into a 23-17 additional time loss in 2019.

With alternative actually slipping by the fingers of Engram, who in 2020 had one go deflect off his fingers for an interception and one other fall for an incompletion. The second, with 2:11 remaining within the fourth quarter, pressured a punt as a substitute of a primary down that will’ve pressured the Eagles to make use of all of their timeouts and was sandwiched between the 2 touchdowns that made a 21-10 lead evaporate and lead to a 22-21 loss.

The Eagles are an Evan Engram drop away from being swept by the Giants and their solely wins being towards Nick Mullens and Ben DiNucci.

This season has been horrible to date.#Eagles pic.twitter.com/2TH1Zkvsf5

— Thomas R. Petersen (@thomasrp93) November 16, 2020

“It’s like a recent begin, a complete new season,” mentioned Barkley, the staff’s longest energetic consecutively tenured participant. “No matter occurred two, 4, 5, eight [years ago], that’s all prior to now.”

There are standard-fare defeats, like 27-7 in 2015, 34-10 in 2021 and 22-16 simply two weeks in the past, when the Giants’ backups injected a shocking scare into the NFC East champions because the starters sat to protect well being for the playoffs.

It provides as much as put the Giants within the firm of the Lions who’ve the longest energetic streak (13 straight losses on the 49ers) and longest historic streak (24 straight on the Packers, 1992-2014), per Elias Sports activities Bureau. The Lions likened their streak-busting win on the Packers to successful the Tremendous Bowl. If the Giants cease theirs, they are going to be one win away from the precise Tremendous Bowl.

“We’ve been shut, however I don’t even take into consideration that historical past after I’m on the market,” fifth-year left guard Nick Gates mentioned. “It’s a troublesome place to win as a result of they’re a very good staff and their crowd brings it. One yr, I noticed a 6-year-old child double-birding me along with his dad sitting proper subsequent to him with the proudest look on his face. The place else does that occur? I’ll always remember that because the funniest factor ever.”

Some issues won’t ever change about the way in which the Giants are acquired in Philadelphia. Will the way in which they exit be any completely different than the final 9 occasions?

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