PHILADELPHIA — A probably season-changing win slipped by means of the Giants’ fingers.
Extra exactly, by means of Evan Engram’s fingers.
The tight finish blessed with nice bodily expertise that he can’t appear to unlock had an opportunity to make one of many greatest performs of his profession Thursday, however he dropped a move that may have helped the Giants run out the clock in a recreation that grew to become a heartbreaking 22-21 loss to the Eagles.
“100% I’ve bought to make that play,” Engram mentioned. “It’s a sucky feeling proper now.”
All the pieces went mistaken for the Giants on all sides of the ball within the last six minutes, however Engram is the face of frustration for followers bored with being on the mistaken finish of a one-sided rivalry: eight straight losses to the Eagles, together with three straight years of blowing double-digit leads at Lincoln Monetary Discipline.
Engram additionally had a fastball from Daniel Jones deflect off his arms for an interception within the first half.
Engram didn’t lack for accountability, particularly in a world the place postgame interviews are carried out by means of Zoom and it’s simpler than ever for all skilled athletes to duck the robust questions often confronted in a locker room.
“It’s not a very good feeling not making that play and probably placing the sport on ice,” Engram mentioned. “We undoubtedly let one get away.”
The Giants blew a 21-10 lead within the last six minutes. After the Eagles scored to chop the deficit to 5 and used a timeout on protection to handle the clock, the Giants confronted third-and-7 from their very own 47-yard line.
Jones dropped a superbly positioned 25-yard sideline move to Engram, who beat his defender off the road of scrimmage. Engram prolonged his arms however couldn’t safe the catch, forcing the punt that arrange the Eagles’ successful landing drive.
“Obtained the [defensive] look we needed, received on the within fade,” Engram mentioned. “D.J. threw an excellent ball. Simply didn’t end the play.”
Jones tried to take a number of the warmth off his teammate.
“I’ve bought to do a greater job placing the ball in a greater place,” Jones mentioned.
Engram has 26 catches for 223 yards and no touchdowns in seven video games throughout a disappointing fourth season.
The Giants have resisted commerce provides prior to now on their 2017 first-round draft decide — this yr’s commerce deadline is Nov. 3 — ready for the breakthrough believed to be on the cusp if he might keep away from the rash of accidents that reduce quick his final two seasons. Nicely, he’s wholesome now.
“I assumed he made performs to maintain us within the recreation and convey us again after we have been down and struggling on offense,” coach Joe Decide mentioned. “He’s a man now we have to maintain concerned in our offense. We’ve got to maintain getting him targets.”