The much-maligned Philadelphia Eagles entered Sunday night’s game 2-1, but it was their escapes against Cleveland and Baltimore in Weeks 1 and 2 and their failure to show up in Arizona that left a cloud of doubt hovering over them.
Of course, the Giants knew they would get their best effort in primetime Sunday.
The Eagles owned a two-point lead with just under two minutes remaining. But in typical suave, fourth-quarter Eli Manning fashion, the Giants quarterback was able to pilot the Giants down the field, mainly due to timely pass-interference penalties.
Lawrence Tynes played the role of goal, however, missing back-to-back 54-yard field goal attempts. On his first attempt, Tynes' kick was wide left, but Andy Reid's timeout cancelled it out. On the second, Tynes' kick fell just a few yards short.
The Eagles won their third game of the year, and have done so by a combined 4 points. The Giants meanwhile, despite a ferocious comeback attempt, fall to 2-2.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Eagles finally put a dent in the scoreboard late in the second when Michael Vick found DeSean Jackson on a crossing route in the back of the end zone. Jackson is so speedy it’s difficult for any defender to keep up with him, but it’s even harder when you’re Antrel Rolle and you’re playing through a knee contusion.
The Giants responded, adding a field goal before the half expired, cutting the halftime deficit to four.
The third quarter opened with the Eagles establishing their running game. LeSean McCoy ran the ball on six consecutive plays, four of which were to the right side. This was meant to counteract the Giants’ pass rush.
The Giants held the Eagles to a 20-yard field goal. 10-3 Eagles.
On the ensuing drive, David Wilson returned the kickoff to the 43-yard line. With the short field, the Giants found their stride, also due to their running game. Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown led the way on a eight-play, 56-yard game to knot the score at 10 apiece.
Philadelphia added another field goal on their next drive. The Giants allowed Vick to find tight end Brent Celek on a 27-yard completion and Vick scramble for 18 yards. Alex Henery put a 47-yarder through the uprights – 13-10 Eagles.
As the fourth quarter began, Eli Manning threw a horrendous pick right into the chest of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The pass was intended for Martellus Bennett, but underthrowed and really inexplicable.
The Eagles capitalized. A few McCoy runs later, Henery was able to put another field goal, his third of the game, through the uprights. 16-10 Eagles.
Looking to right the ship, on the next drive, Manning completed back-to-back passes to Ramses Barden and Domenik Hixon for 31 and 41 yards, respectively. He finished off the drive with a six-yard strike to Bear Pascoe, giving the G-Men their first lead of the night, 17-16.
As the fourth quarter ticked down, Vick had a chance to lead yet another comeback. He successfully helped rally the Eagles in the first two weeks of the season.
Vick marched the Eagles down the field, with McCoy yet again proving to be a thorn in their side. He had 32 yards alone on that drive.
On a third-and-goal, the Eagles went into the spread formation with Vick trying to find running room to his left, but Osi Umenyiora ended the play before it could happen.
With 1:49 remaining, Henery kicked his fourth field goal, giving the Eagles a 19-17 lead.
Bad idea to give Manning time to come back, right?
On the final drive of the game, Manning made a key third-down completion to Victor Cruz, then drew a pass-interference call on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on a fourth-and-one.
From the Eagles' 35-yard-line, a third-down heave to Barden drew another PI call, this time on Nnamdi Asomugha.
When Manning tried a fade into the end zone from the 26-yard line, it was Barden who got called for pass interference, making it fourth-and-19 and leaving Tynes with a 54-yard field goal try.
Obviously, it was not in the cards for the Giants, as Tynes had two shots at the game-winner and missed both.
- Eli Manning finished the game 22-for-42 with 309 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT. He also had a fumble.
- As a team, the Giants rushed 19 times for 57 yards
- Domenik Hixon led the Giants with 6 catches for 114 yards. Victor Cruz had 9 receptions for 109 yards and a TD.
- The Giants defense sacked Michael Vick twice.
- Michael Vick, who entered the game leading the league in turnovers, did not lose the rock once tonight. He finished the game with 19 passes for 241 yards and a TD, in addition to 49 yards on the ground.
- LeSean McCoy rushed for 123 yards, and a team the Eagles ran for 191 yards.
- DeSean Jackson led the Eagles with 6 catches for 99 yards and a TD.
- The Eagles did not sack Eli Manning, but Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie did pick him off in the end zone. Since 2010, Manning has thrown the most interceptions in the red zone.