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Giants' Rashad Jennings: 'I was a big part of us losing'

Oct 19, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) fumbles the football while being hit by Philadelphia Eagles free safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 19, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) fumbles the football while being hit by Philadelphia Eagles free safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Rashad Jennings (23) loses a fumble in what turned out to be a defining play in the Giants' 27-7 Week 6 loss to the Eagles. Eric Hartline USA TODAY Sports

With the New York Giants trailing by a touchdown in the second quarter, they were on the move and into the Philadelphia Eagles' side of the field when a careless mistake shifted the momentum of the game. Running back Rashad Jennings fumbled the football on a six-yard reception, and the Giants never regained their offensive flow in their 27-7 Week 6 loss.

"It was a momentum swing,'' Jennings said to reporters after the game, per the New York Post. "Didn't hold onto the ball. We put our defense in a tough situation. Our defense played well and we kind of left them hanging. I feel I was a big part of us losing this game.

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"It was a routine play, setting up the blocks, the ball was right beside me and the guy made a play, came from behind and somehow it came out. We kind of shot ourselves in the foot, everybody kind of took turns. I take a lot of credit for this 'L.' ''

Jennings wasn't the only Giant player to make a major mistake that led to points. Quarterback Eli Manning threw a careless pick-six, tight end Larry Donnell allowed a routine reception be ripped out of his hands for an interception, and the Giants had allowed two penalties to extend drives -- the Eagles scored touchdowns on both of those extended drives.

Jennings finished Week 6 as the Giants' most productive back with 83 yards on 16 total touches, but it wasn't enough to make up for his costly turnover. The Giants will need to do a much better job of protecting the football in Week 7 against an opportunistic Dallas Cowboys defense with an excellent pass rush.

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