Giants 16, Eagles 15

As hard as the New York Giants tried to give away the game Jessie Armstead dubbed ``The Loser Bowl,'' the winless and punchless Philadelphia Eagles just wouldn't take it.

The Giants overcame five turnovers and an ill-advised lateral, getting game-winning 23-yard field goal from Brad Daluiso with 7:43 to play in defeating the Eagles 16-15 on Sunday in one of the ugliest football games ever at Giants Stadium.

While the Giants (2-2) ended a two-game losing streak, they also set up all the Eagles' points with mistakes. It could have been much worse: Philadelphia only recovered two of the Giants' six fumbles.

The game also may have created a quarterback controversy for coach Jim Fassel. He lifted Kent Graham after his third interception and Kerry Collins was running the team when Daluiso kicked his third field goal of the game.

Graham accounted for the other score with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Ike Hilliard on the opening series.

Bobby Taylor scored on an 18-yard interception return and Norm Johnson kicked field two field goals for the Eagles, now 0-4 under rookie coach Andy Reid. The other two points came on a safety following a lateral by Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn after a first-quarter interception.

After trailing for the more than three quarters, Johnson gave the Eagles a 15-13 lead with a 32-yard field goal with 12:37 to play. The drive started after Collins was sacked by Bill Johnson and Mark Wheeler recovered at the Philadelphia 42. Donovan McNabb hit passes of 13, 14 and 11 yards to set up the score.

Collins led the Giants right back on the next series, moving them 67 yards in 11 plays. The big ones were completions of 28 yards to Hilliard and 16 to fullback Charles Way.

The Eagles were offside on Daluiso's field goal attempt from 27 yards, giving New York a first-and-goal. However, it did not capitalize and Daluiso converted the winning kick. He also hit from 25 and 35 yards.

New York's defense dominated the Eagles offense, limiting it to 174 yards. It also had five sacks, picked off two of Doug Pederson's passes and recovered a fumble.

Despite turning the ball over three times, making the ill-advised lateral and handing the Eagles nine points, the Giants still led 10-9 at halftime.

Daluiso's 35-yard field goal with six seconds left in the half capped a 56-yard go-ahead drive. It featured a 21-yard pass to Hilliard and a crucial fumble recovery by guard Ron Stone after Graham was sacked.

New York went 57 yards on its opening drive and Hilliard caught his TD pass on a play in which the offensive line gave Graham all day to throw.

The Giants scored almost as many points for the Eagles, who came into the game with the NFL's next-to-worst offense.

Sehorn gave Philadelphia its first two after his interception at the Giants 6. He attempted a lateral and the ball rolled into the end zone, where teammate Phillippi Sparks recovered for a safety.

Cornerback Taylor capitalized on the next error, intercepting Graham's pass and returning it 18 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the third quarter.

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