Missed Field Goal Helps Eagles Escape Giants
New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes missed a potential game-winning 54-yard field goal in the dying seconds, allowing the Philadelphia Eagles to escape with a thrilling 19-17 victory Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
Actually, Tynes attempted twice from the same spot. He kicked his first attempt wide left but it was nullified after Eagles coach Andy Reid called a timeout.
Instead of redeeming himself, Tynes came up a yard short on his second attempt, letting the Eagles claim their third victory in four games that gave them solo lead in the NFC East.
"It means a lot to be 3-1," quarterback Michael Vick said. "It means a lot to be at the top of the division. We still have a lot of tough games ahead of us but that's what it's all about. This is the NFL and this is why we play this game."
Vick bounced back from a poor performance in the Eagles' loss to the Arizona Cardinals, completing 19 of 30 passes for 241 yards and one touchdown and no interception to keep his job safe, for now.
"I just played smarter," Vick said. "The thing is in this game you can't force opportunities against the defense, you have to let it come. I'll be honest, missing the preseason did affect me to a certain extent, but now I'm getting into my groove and seeing the field a little better. The guys around me are helping me and that's important."
Vick got crucial support from wide receiver DeSean Jackson's 99 receiving yards on six catches, running back LeSean McCoy's 123 yards on 23 carries and kicker Alex Henery's four field goals in carrying the Eagles to victory.
Eli Manning led the Giants (2-2) with a 24-for-42 performance for 309 yards and touchdown passes to wide receiver Victor Cruz and tight end Bear Pascoe.
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw was limited to 39 yards on 13 carries while the Giants' rushing corps was ineffective against the Eagles' defense, accounting for just 57 ground yards on 19 carries.
After a scoreless first, Vick started the second period by leading the Eagles to an 11-play, 80-yard drive capped by a touchdown pass to Jackson for a 7-0 cushion. Tynes then buried a 25-yard field goal to peg the halftime score at 7-3.
Henery kicked a 20-yard field goal to open the third period before Manning threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Cruz to tie the count at 10.
Henery gave the Eagles a 16-10 advantage in the final canto with two field goals before the Jets grabbed a 17-16 lead after Pascoe caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Manning with less than seven minutes left in the game.
Then, Henery finished the Eagles 12-yard, 75-yard touchdown drive with his fourth field goal that gave them a 19-17 edge.
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