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Giants down Eagles 28-23

November 6, 2016 GMT

EAST RUTHERFORD – In their biggest regular season game at MetLife Stadium since their Super Bowl season five years ago, the Giants survived. Barely.

But they did survive Sunday afternoon, and in beating the Eagles 28-23 before a crowd of 80,309, the Giants took a significant step forward in what they hope is a march back to the playoffs.

Eli Manning threw four touchdowns, including two to Odell Beckham Jr., yet the second of his two interceptions with 1:48 remaining gave rookie quarterback Carson Wentz and the Eagles one last shot at escaping with a stunning comeback win at the Meadowlands.

But Wentz’s fourth-down pass into the end zone to Jordan Matthews with Trevin Wade in coverage fell incomplete, allowing the Giants to exhale – and celebrate their third straight victory and first in the NFC East rivalry with Philadelphia since the 2013 season.

The Giants (5-3) kept pace with the Cowboys, who still have not lost since Week 1 when the former came and went from AT&T Stadium with a 20-19 triumph. Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott led Dallas to its seventh consecutive triumph, leaving the Browns as the league’s only winless team.

The Giants lost left guard Justin Pugh (knee) and Victor Cruz (ankle) for the game in the first half with injuries. Brett Jones came off the bench to fill in for Pugh and performed well.

Cruz sprained his ankle in the second quarter, but not before making a 46-yard catch along the right sideline that set up Beckham’s second touchdown.