PHILADELPHIA — A potentially season-changing win slipped through the Giants’ fingers.
More precisely, through Evan Engram’s fingers.
The tight end blessed with great physical talent that he can’t seem to unlock had a chance to make one of the biggest plays of his career Thursday, but he dropped a pass that would have helped the Giants run out the clock in a game that became a heartbreaking 22-21 loss to the Eagles.
“One hundred percent I’ve got to make that play,” Engram said. “It’s a sucky feeling right now.”
Everything went wrong for the Giants on all sides of the ball in the final six minutes, but Engram is the face of frustration for fans tired of being on the wrong end of a one-sided rivalry: eight straight losses to the Eagles, including three straight years of blowing double-digit leads at Lincoln Financial Field.
Engram also had a fastball from Daniel Jones deflect off his hands for an interception in the first half.
Engram didn’t lack for accountability, especially in a world where postgame interviews are conducted through Zoom and it is easier than ever for all professional athletes to duck the tough questions usually faced in a locker room.
“It’s not a good feeling not making that play and possibly putting the game on ice,” Engram said. “We definitely let one get away.”
The Giants blew a 21-10 lead in the final six minutes. After the Eagles scored to cut the deficit to five and used a timeout on defense to manage the clock, the Giants faced third-and-7 from their own 47-yard line.
Jones dropped a perfectly placed 25-yard sideline pass to Engram, who beat his defender off the line of scrimmage. Engram extended his arms but couldn’t secure the catch, forcing the punt that set up the Eagles’ winning touchdown drive.
“Got the [defensive] look we wanted, won on the inside fade,” Engram said. “D.J. threw a great ball. Just didn’t finish the play.”
Jones tried to take some of the heat off his teammate.
“I’ve got to do a better job putting the ball in a better position,” Jones said.
Engram has 26 catches for 223 yards and no touchdowns in seven games during a disappointing fourth season.
The Giants have resisted trade offers in the past on their 2017 first-round draft pick — this year’s trade deadline is Nov. 3 — waiting for the breakthrough believed to be on the cusp if he could avoid the rash of injuries that cut short his last two seasons. Well, he’s healthy now.
“I thought he made plays to keep us in the game and bring us back when we were down and struggling on offense,” coach Joe Judge said. “He’s a guy we have to keep involved in our offense. We have to keep getting him targets.”