Giants at Eagles - 2012 NFC East Grudge Match
The New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles rivalry goes back a long way. The first meeting between the two was in 1933. The two teams have met 160 times with the Giants holding an 83-75-2 lead in the series.
In 1960, the Eagles Chuck Bednarik hit Giants running back Frank Gifford so hard he was out for 18 months. His hit was a clean hit, but it was such a hard hit that Gifford's leg's flew up in the air and he landed flat on his back. Gifford has been quoted as saying "It was a clean hit. If he'd have hit me dirty I'd be dead now."
Another memorable Eagles-Giants moment was in 1978 when the Giants had victory in hand. But quarterback Joe Pisarcik fumbled while trying to hand the ball off to fullback Larry Csonka. Safety Herm Edwards scooped up the fumble and ran it in for a touchdown to win the game and help the Eagles advance to the playoffs.
The two met in the playoffs following the 2000 regular season when the Giants won 20-10 on a 97 yard kickoff return by Ron Dixon and a 32 yard interception return from Jason Sehorn that helped send the Giants to the Super Bowl.
New York and Philadelphia are in such close proximity to each other that their rivalry is not only a football rivalry but a sports rivalry. The Mets-Phillies rivalry, the Rangers-Flyers rivalry and the Knicks-76ers rivalry are all intense between the two fan bases.
New York-Philly often takes a back seat to Boston-New York or even Philadelphia-Pittsburgh, but the Giants and Eagles is as intense of a rivalry as there is in football. ESPN rates in #4 on their top ten football rivalries list.
We really like the Giants in this game. Philly is 2-1, but both wins were by one point. In both of those wins, the Eagles turned the ball over a lot. So really, Philly probably should be 0-3, at the very least, probably 1-2. When you consider they won two games with replacement refs working those games, how much can you trust those wins? In their loss, they got hammered. Arizona basically had them beaten by halftime. Replacement refs had nothing to do with that.
The Giants on the other hand lost in week one to a tough Dallas team. Then in week two they had a tough first half, but in the second half, Eli Manning was unstoppable. He shredded Tampa Bay for 510 yards passing by the time it was over. The Bucs had no prayer of stopping them.
Then a few days later the Giants went to Carolina and blew the Panthers out
36-7. So the Giants are coming into the game playing better football and with
more rest. That points to a Giants win. Get the best odds now at