BACK IN BLACK
A GOOD-LUCK CHARM?
BY CHRIS McPHERSON
The Eagles will sport their all-black uniforms for today’s NFC East battle with the
New York Giants. And for a team in need of a little spark to get back in the division
race, the uniforms might present a nice touch. The Eagles have worn the all-black
uniforms on three previous occasions against the Giants and won all three matchups
by a combined score of 78-26. In fact, the debut of the all-black uniforms was
against the Giants on October 12, 2014 in a game that the Eagles won 27-0, marking
the first shutout of an opponent since 1996.
In that 2014 showdown, the Eagles sacked Giants quarterback Eli Manning eight
times. The Giants had the ball at the Eagles’ 3-yard line in the second quarter but
decided to go for the touchdown on fourth down. Manning’s pass to Victor Cruz in
the end zone was incomplete ending the Giants’ best chance to put points on the
board. In 2015, the defense harassed Manning again by sacking him three times
and forcing him into two interceptions and two intentional grounding penalties. The
Eagles played the role of spoiler in 2016 as they delayed the Giants from clinching
a playoff spot in a 24-19 win. Malcolm Jenkins had two interceptions and returned
one for a touchdown.
The Eagles wore their midnight green uniforms for the Giants matchup last year in
the home opener. It concluded with Jake Elliott’s franchise-record 61-yard walk-off
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