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Eagles cut down Giants, 27-0

Eagles cut down Giants, 27-0
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Trent Cole celebrates after sacking New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the first quarter of the Eagles' 27-0 win Sunday. (Ron Cortes / MCT)

From start to finish, the Philadelphia Eagles dominated the New York Giants on offense, defense and special teams.

Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes and LeSean McCoy had a season-high 149 yards rushing to help the Eagles beat the Giants, 27-0, Sunday night for their first shutout in 18 years.

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"As a collective unit, as an entire team, we did a tremendous job in all three phases," cornerback Cary Williams said.

A rough night for the Giants became worse when receiver Victor Cruz tore the patellar tendon his right knee in the third quarter.

"Huge loss," Coach Tom Coughlin said. "It wasn't a good situation, a grim scene."

Wearing all-black uniforms for the first time in franchise history, the Eagles stayed tied with Dallas for the lead in the NFC East. They hadn't shut out an opponent since a 24-0 victory over the Giants on Dec. 1, 1996, at Philadelphia.

Foles had 248 yards passing, Darren Sproles ran for a touchdown and the offense had a rare strong start.

The defense harassed and pressured Eli Manning often, sacking him six times and preventing New York's offense from getting on track. The Giants had won three games in a row, scoring more than 30 points in each victory.

"It's a good reminder that you just can't show up on the field and have things go well for you automatically," Manning said. "We got outplayed, outperformed."

Manning was sacked only seven times in the first five games before Connor Barwin (three), Vinny Curry (two) and Trent Cole (one) took him down. Brandon Graham and Brandon Bair sacked Ryan Nassib to make it eight for the game.

"When you have a guy with his experience and intelligence, you disguise a little more," defensive coordinator Billy Davis said about facing Manning.

The Eagles went into the game with 11 offensive touchdowns and seven from their defense and special teams. But Foles and company didn't need much help in this one.

Foles tossed a 15-yard scoring pass to Zach Ertz for Philadelphia's first offensive touchdown in the first quarter this season. Ertz made a diving catch, dragging his feet to stay in bounds.

Foles hit a James Casey for a 26-yard touchdown pass to make it 17-0 in the second quarter. Casey had only one catch this season and hadn't scored a touchdown since 2012 with the Houston Texans, but the Giants bit on a play-action fake and left the third-string tight end open running down the middle.

"We want to start faster and that's what we did," Foles said.

Sproles had a 15-yard touchdown run to put the Eagles ahead, 27-0. He left because of a left knee injury.

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McCoy had more yards rushing in the first quarter than he had in full games against Washington and San Francisco. McCoy, an All-Pro last year, had struggled this season, averaging 2.9 yards per carry. But he has more career yards rushing against the Giants than any NFL team.

"I never lost confidence in myself; you guys did and the people out there did," McCoy said.

The Giants were without Rashad Jennings, who began the week as the NFL's fifth-leading rusher. Rookie Andre Williams started for Jennings, out because of a sprained left knee.

Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks sat out his fourth consecutive game because of a calf injury. But linebacker DeMeco Ryans played despite being limited in practices because of a groin injury.

Cody Parkey kicked field goals of 31 and 45 yards.

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