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The Giants, who had overcome the retirement of Michael Strahan, a season-ending preseason knee injury to Osi Umenyiora and a suspension and hamstring injuries to Burress earlier this season in going 11-1, did almost nothing right in the first half.
The one play they got right was the blocked field goal at the end of the first half with Philadelphia looking to extend a 10-0 lead.
With David Akers kicking into a swirling stiff wind, defensive end Justin Tuck got a hand on the ball, knocking it toward midfield. Dockery picked the ball up, stumbled forward in breaking a tackle attempt by Eagles guard Todd Herremans, regained his balance and scooted into the end zone for a score that prevented the Giants from being shut out in the first half for the first time since 2004 against Washington.
The officials held a conference in the end zone and let the score stand.
Until then, the first 30 minutes were marked by Giants' mistakes, particularly by the offense, which never got anything going after an ill-advised end around by rookie Mario Manningham lost 12 yards on their opening drive.
Hixon, who had been outstanding in filling in for Burress on three other occasions, dropped the long pass moments after Akers kicked a 51-yarder on the final play of the first quarter.
Rookie safety Kenny Phillips missed a third-down tackle early on a 77-yard drive that Westbrook ended with a 30-yard run on a play that first appeared to be stuffed at the line.
Even the sure-handed Steve Smith dropped a fourth-down pass on play from the Eagles 42.
Even when the Giants scored on the blocked field goal, there were mistakes. Pierce was called for two penalties that kept the drive moving.
Notes: Giants CB Aaron Ross injured an ankle in the first half and didn't return. ... Giants HB Brandon Jacobs left in the third quarter with a knee injury that isn't believed to be serious. ... On his 40-yard TD catch, Westbrook surpassed Harold Carmichael (9,042) as the Eagles' career leader in yards. ... Philadelphia WR Kevin Curtis left with a concussion. ... Philadelphia stopped the Giants on all four fourth-down attempts.
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